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Amarillo set to begin summer sealcoating project on Monday

Beginning Monday, June 4, the City of Amarillo’s Street Division will start its annual summer sealcoating project as part of the regular preventative maintenance program for paved residential streets. The City sealcoats (commonly known as chipseal) each residential street once every ten years to seal the existing asphalt surface against the intrusion of water and to provide a new wear surface.

The streets slated for sealcoating this summer are located between Osage and Seminole street from S.E. 10th Avenue to Interstate 40, between Grand Street and Lakeside Drive from S.E. 3rd Avenue to S.E. 25th Avenue, and between Lakeside Drive and FM 1912 from N.E. 28th Avenue to the City limits south of Interstate 40. The project will begin in the vicinity of S.E. 10th Avenue and Tee Anchor Blvd., and proceed east. Any of the streets in the proposed area which are not completed this year will be sealcoated in the beginning of the 2019 sealcoat program.

Residents will receive notices requesting parked vehicles be removed from the street the Friday prior to the week their street is scheduled for resurfacing. The sealcoating process consists of an application of hot liquid asphalt followed by a layer of small asphalt coated rock which is compacted into the street’s surface which requires the street to be closed to traffic for a period of approximately two hours. Any loose rock will be swept to the gutter the day after initial application. Approximately three days later, a street sweeper will begin sweeping up excess rock and will continue to sweep the rock on a regular basis until all the loose rock is removed from the street and gutter.

The Street Division will do everything possible to minimize any inconvenience. Residents are reminded to drive with extra caution in the work zones and at reduced speeds to minimize kicking up loose rocks. If residents have questions or concerns, they may contact the Street Division at (806) 378-6815.

This summer, the City of Amarillo is also planning to sealcoat residential streets in the Northeast quadrant of the City, as part of the FY16/17-FY20/21 Community Investment Program (CIP). A contractor will be used to complete this project, which is funded by the 2017 General Obligation Bonds Issuance, Proposition 1. Additional information and notifications will be provided to the public prior to the start of this CIP project.

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