Santa Maria drivers and residents on North Depot Street from West Fesler to West Alvin
Avenue may experience delays during slurry seal road work on Thursday, September
14th and Friday, September 15th. It is recommended to use alternate routes.
Residents in homes on North Depot are advised to park vehicles on a side street during
construction hours to avoid inconveniences. All driveways along North Depot Street will
be inaccessible during construction until the slurry has cured enough for it to be opened
up to traffic. Access to individual driveways along the roadway will be closed for only 30
to 60 minutes during the day while the water in the slurry evaporates and the slurry cures.
Souza Construction and its subcontractor, American Asphalt South, under contract with
the City of Santa Maria, will begin placement of a slurry seal roadway treatment at the
intersection of North Depot Street / North Railroad Avenue and West Fesler Street and to
the north up to West Alvin Avenue. The following week, a crew will arrive to then re-stripe
North Depot Street with the addition of bike lanes in both directions. The reconfiguration
of this intersection has been addressed in a prior news release and a graphic showing
the new design of the intersection can be found on the City’s website at
Slurry seal is a thin layer treatment designed to prolong the life of paved roadways. Once
the treatment is placed, traffic must remain off of the treated portion of the roadway until
the material has cured. This generally takes 30 to 60 minutes depending on weather
conditions. Once the material is cured, the contractor will open the roadway to traffic.
Driving on the treated roadway surface before the contractor opens the roadway to traffic
can result in damage to the surface treatment as well as a vehicle. City staff strongly
recommends that drivers obey all temporary construction signs and reduce driving
speeds in construction areas.
Questions may be directed to the Department of Public Works/Engineering Division, at
925-0951 extension 2225.