Amarillo to begin summer sealcoating project on Monday

The City of Amarillo’s Street Division will start its annual summer sealcoating project on Monday (June 10) as part of the regular preventative maintenance program for paved residential streets.

The purpose of the sealcoat program (also known as chipsealing) is 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 Amarillo Boulevard and Willow Creek Drive from Taylor Street to Western Street, and between Interstate 40 and S.W. 9th Ave. from Bell Street to Coulter Street. The project will begin in the vicinity of Willow Creek Drive and River Road, and proceed south.

Any of the streets in the proposed area which are not completed this year will be sealcoated in the beginning of the 2020 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. This 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 inconvenience. Motorists are reminded to drive with extra caution in the work zones and at reduced speeds to minimize kicking up loose rocks.

For questions or concerns, contact the Street Division at (806) 378-6815.

This summer, the City of Amarillo is also planning to sealcoat residential streets in the northwest 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.