Amarillo to test pilot program for pavement preservation

Amarillo to test pilot program for pavement preservation
The City of Amarillo will begin to pilot a preservation program for its street maintenance in the upcoming months. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The City of Amarillo will begin to pilot a preservation program for street maintenance in the upcoming months in hopes to improve the longevity of roads in the city.

Streets in Amarillo’s Woodlands development will be the first to be affected by the this pavement preservation project.

The city says while those streets are relatively new, they’ve been identified as needing rehabilitation.

Amarillo to test pilot program for pavement preservation

“The reason that neighborhood was selected is specific to this application,” said Kyle Schniederjan, Director of Capital Projects and Development Engineering. “We’re aiming at streets that are a little bit newer than what we’d normally do at our seal coat maintenance. The timeline is aimed at extending the life of that street in the very early stages of its life, rather than try and tack on to it at the end of its life.”

The city says this high density mineral bond product is new to the state and it will be the first time it’s used in city limits.

“It doesn’t have the rock chips like you may have observed in the other application,” said Schniederjan. “It kind of looks more like a fresh coat of black paint on the roadway.”

If successful, this type of pavement will add other options for street preservation over what the city has used previously in the past.

“The goal being to expand the maintenance time period that is required on any street. The goal is to have a better street for our customers, the citizens,” said Schniederjan.

As this is meant to preserve the pavement, the city hopes to target roads in need of rehabilitation early, to avoid having to come back and do extensive maintenance in the future.

“It will be evaluated both on the condition of the pavement and the lifespan we get out of it. It will also be evaluated on public perception,” said Jackson Zaharia, Assistant City Engineer for the City of Amarillo. “What the residents of that area think, what their perception of how their project progressed as compared to some of the other methods we’ve used in the past.”

This project is slated to begin in the summer months.

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