Work continues on city streets while the season lasts

Work continues on city streets while the season lasts

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The city of Amarillo said today its crews and contractors are still working on street maintenance while warm conditions allow.

Sealcoating, or resurfacing with liquid asphalt and rocks, should cost about $1 million this year and cover 105 miles measured by the lanes involved. That would mean four miles of road that is four lanes wide would be 16 lane miles. To date, that work is 78 percent complete with the finish set for Sept. 15, according to a news release.

Overlay, or the milling down of an existing street and an application of standard asphalt, is set to cover 23 lane miles at a cost of $1.9 million. That work is about 30 percent complete and planned to finish Nov. 1.

Microsurfacing, a relatively new process for the city, involves a thin application of asphalt mixed with very small rocks that is quick and allows the reopening of a street in a short time. The process this year is set to start Oct. 1 and finish about two weeks after that. The city estimates the cost at $299,000 for just more than seven lane miles.

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