September 8, 2017

Street Resurfacing (Chip Seal) Project Starts September 11th

Drivers are advised that temporary, short delays will occur on various Santa Maria streets due to the City’s annual street maintenance chip seal program beginning Monday, September 11th and continuing through the end of September. The most notable streets affected include Cook Street from Blosser to Broadway (State Highway 135), College Drive from Stowell to Boone, Miller Street from Betteravia to Inger, sections of Alvin Avenue from Broadway (State Highway 135) to Suey Road, and Donovan Road from Carlotti to Suey Crossing Road.  Various other smaller streets will be resurfaced as well.

The work includes the removal of existing traffic striping, the placement of a chip seal with a surface seal, and then re-establishment of traffic striping. The City has contracted with Intermountain Slurry Seal to perform the $500,000 project. Approximately 175,000 square yards of chip seal will be applied which is about 6.5 centerline miles of streets.

Chip seal is a thin layer road maintenance treatment consisting of asphalt oil covered by small chip rock that protects and extends pavement life.  Within three days of the chip application, a sprayed-on coat of surface seal called a fog seal is applied.  The road is opened to traffic immediately after chip spreading but traffic will be impacted temporarily during the fog seal application for a short curing period.

Construction will move quickly from street to street.  Parking will not be allowed in active construction areas.  The contractor will post construction notices along streets with the dates and times when parking will be prohibited.

City staff strongly recommends that drivers obey all temporary construction signs and reduce driving speeds in construction areas.  The driving public may experience delays during construction.  It is recommended to use alternate routes whenever possible to avoid delays and minimize the inconveniences to motorists.

Questions may be directed to the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division at 925-0951 extension 2225.