Roadway resurfacing work to resume next week


The city announced this week that its ongoing road resurfacing project would resume next month, and the work could lead to temporary road closures.

The scope of the work includes repairing existing roadways, sealing cracks, grinding down the existing surfaces and applying two-inch overlays. The asphalt that will be applied would allow for rain runoff and proper drainage.

Workers will remove the top two inches of the existing roads and replace them with new asphalt, which is expected to add between 10 and 15 years to the road’s lifespan.

The city’s Department of Public Works identified a number of streets slated for repavement. The city received bids for the work on Aug. 17 and the contract was awarded to Road Work Ahead, the lowest responsible bidder, on Sept. 12.

The work is part of the city’s capital plan and aimed at improving road safety and traffic flow.

Beginning Nov. 1, three sites will be resurfaced. West Beech Street, between Tennessee and Nevada Avenues, will be prepared on Nov. 1 and 2, and paved on Nov. 3.

The second site is East Chester Street, between Neptune Boulevard and Curley Street. The street will be prepared on Nov. 8 and 9, and paved on Nov. 10.

“We will be paving on Veterans Day to take advantage of East School being closed,” according to the city’s website.

The third site is East Broadway between Maple and Pacific Boulevards. The street will be prepared on Nov. 29 and 30 and paved on Dec. 1.

The parts of the streets that are being resurfaced may experience closures between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the city’s website. Parking will not be allowed in the vicinity during construction and the city will provide 72 hours notice before the roads are closed and parking restrictions are implemented.

“While this may be a temporary inconvenience,” city officials said online, “the end result will provide a long-lasting benefit for the residents in these areas.”

City officials said that 36 streets have been repaved over the past six years, compared to the 22 streets that were done between 2002 and 2011.