AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - People who call Northeast Amarillo home may soon find themselves driving on new roads.
This comes after the Amarillo City Council decided to move forward with construction that will seal almost all the roads in the northeast quadrant of Amarillo.
The council awarded a contract for $3.4 million, funded from the 2017 bond election to CDM Holdings, to seal-coat the streets in that area
Usually, this type of project is something city crews would do, but they have outsourced it because it affects a larger portion of the community.
"Pour the hot oil down on the existing street and that oil penetrates down into the existing street and seals cracks and rejuvenates the life of that pavement.," said Kyle Schniederjan, City Engineer for the City of Amarillo. "Then, we put the rock chips over the top of that hot oil so that we can immediately start to drive traffic back on the street and it not be a sticky mess."
The project goes from 287 to the west to north of the I-40 boundary.
The city says this is a necessary improvement because of the weather in the Panhandle.
"We have a high freeze thaw cycle," said Schniederjan. "We cycle through freeze thaw a lot. The asphalt the hot mix, cracks. It cracks big but it also cracks very tiny but this application seals those cracks, you can really think of it like a fresh coat of paint on your house."
Residents in northeast Amarillo can expect work to start within the next 30 to 40 days but won't be inconvenienced for too long.
"It's a moving operation so the contractor will put advance notice out to residents on the street that they're going to be doing," said Schniederjan. "We'll see less potholing, we'll see less large maintenance types of problems with those streets. We'll have access back to the streets in a matter of hours."
The city hopes this project will be completed by September of 2018.