2020 Asphalt Resurfacing Program
Each year, the Public Works and Transportation Department completes a project which overlays or resurfaces approximately 10 to 20 miles, or 30 to 60 lane miles, through the annual resurfacing program. This year, $2,900,000 of Use Tax funds, $900,000 of Capital Improvements Program (CIP) half-cent sales tax and $120,000 of the Street Maintenance Fund were allocated for this program. This is a total of $3,900,000, which will overlay and resurface 17.2 miles, or 48.2 lane miles, of streets.
As part of this project, a large milling machine will remove the surface asphalt from most streets before the overlay is put into place. This top layer of asphalt, called the wearing course, needs to be removed and replaced after several years. Some highly traveled streets, such as Frederick Avenue, need to be resurfaced every six or seven years, while low traffic residential streets can last 20 years or more.
As of September 2020, Herzog Contracting Corporation, who was awarded the contract this year, has completed 40% of the of the 2020 Resurfacing Program and is expected to be completed with their contract by November 15. The 2021 Asphalt Resurfacing Program is expected to advertise for bid in early 2021.
Additionally, the public works department has several other street maintenance duties completed every year which include slurry sealing, crack sealing, alley maintenance and pothole repairs just to name a few.