The city of Escondido will soon begin a “pavement repair and rehabilitation program” that will treat over 4.3 million square feet of pavement in Maintenance Zone CS, which is the area north of Felicita Avenue, south of Fifth Avenue, and east of I-15. Work is expected to begin in July.
The price tag for the project is $3.3 million. PAL General Engineering is the contractor.
In Mayor Sam Abed’s weekly message, he wrote: “Escondido’s road system is the City’s single largest asset. Like any capital investment, a road system must be maintained in a timely manner to minimize its life cycle costs and receive the maximum long-term benefit from the investment.”
He added, “A well-maintained road system is crucial to an effective commercial delivery system and the economic vitality of a community. If roads are left A photo of a road that needs repair (not from Escondido). too long without proper maintenance and timely overlays, they must be completely reconstructed at a much higher cost.”
Like everything else in the physical world (buildings, airplanes, human bodies), roads deteriorate. Roads are subject to all sorts of stress under the action of traffic and heavy vehicle loading.
In addition, road pavements naturally age due to environmental factors such as temperature, sunlight and water getting into pavement layers.
The Pavement Maintenance Program project this year will include minor patching, major rehabilitation work, application of crack-seal, pavement surface treatments to selected City streets, and re-striping to accommodate bike lanes in compliance with the City’s Bike Master Plan.
About 68 miles of road will be treated, according to Julie Procopio, assistant director of public works.
“This project is going to consist of several types of treatments from removing asphalt and putting new base, to seal-coats designed to prolong the life of the pavement. It’s the whole scope and spectrum,” she said.
Besides the roadwork in Zone CS, substantial work will also take place on Auto Parkway, Centre City Parkway, East Valley Parkway, and Escondido Blvd.
Budgetary problems forced the city to neglect street maintenance for several years, but beginning in 2013, once the budget was under control, the council directed the Dept. of Public Works to increase its annual pavement program.
“Since that time we have been directing more of our gas tax and TransNet towards that,” said Procopio. The work is paid entirely from gas taxes and TransNet.
Although a contractor will be doing the actual roadwork, city inspectors will coordinate that work to make sure traffic keeps moving. City field engineers will oversee the work.
At the same time that the roads are being resurfaced, the city will use the opportunity to add striping towards implementing the city’s bicycle master plan with lanes and sharing lanes throughout.
“We are also working to install more crosswalks at intersections and make the crossings more pedestrian friendly,” said Procopio. “It’s a pretty good project and we are looking forward to making a big improvement in the city’s overall pavement.”
For a list of streets to be included in this year’s program please visit the City’s website at www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Engineering/WebsiteStreetlist.pdf