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Project Overview

 

Start Date: April 27, 2020

Completion Date: September 11, 2020

Contract Amount: $11,136,638.50

 

Project Summary:

This project will resurface and maintain most residential roadways south of I-40 and east of I-27, as well as several miles of arterial roadways throughout the City. Multiple differing products are proposed for this project, we have made every effort to ensure that we use the right product on the right street at the right time. For more information about the location that each product will be used, please view the Summer Street Maintenance Program Product Map above. If you would like to learn more about the products and what to expect during construction, click here.


Contact Information

Contractor:

Intermountain Slurry Seal

Jeff Blake

Jeffrey.Blake@gcinc.com

1-866-699-0986 (Toll Free)


Project Managing Consultant

TBD


Owner

City of Amarillo

Capital Projects & Development Engineering Dept.

Construction@amarillo.gov

(806) 378-9334

 



FAQs

When will my street be closed?

Please check the project Status Map above often, it will show you if your street is scheduled to be constructed within the next 48 hours.

 

How long will my street be closed?

That answer depends on the type of product being used on your street. To identify the type, please use the Product Map provided above. Once you have done so, see below:

Chip Seal: Construction using this product moves rapidly. You can expect that the contractor will be in front of your house for about 10-15 minutes, and on your street for no longer than an hour. Your street will be reopened to traffic as soon as the contractor has moved to other parts of your neighborhood.

Scrub Seal: Similar to Chip Seal, this construction moves rapidly. Depending on current weather conditions, you can expect your street to be closed for about 1 hour. One benefit to using Scrub Seal is that the small rock locks into the roadway and is less likely to stick to your tires and chip your neighbor’s windshield as you drive by. A major difference from Chip Seal is that Scrub Seal is a two part project. The contractor will be back after a couple of weeks to Fog Seal your road. The Fog Seal will turn your street black and will take some time to dry. A closure of several hours is needed so that the Fog Seal has time to fully cure and become drivable. The benefit to finishing this project in this way is that it extends the life of the driving surface and smooths the roadway for a better ride quality.

Microsurfacing: This type of construction requires an extended roadway closure in order to cure. While the road may seem to be passable after only an hour, the product remains tacky and wet so the closure may last between 4 to 6 hours, depending on weather conditions.

Seal Coat: If the map identified your area as a location where we are using Seal Coat performed by City Crews, it is a different project so please click here to learn more.

High Density Mineral Bond (HA5): If the map identified your areas as a location where we are using HA5 or High Density Mineral Bond, it is a different project so please click here to learn more.

 

Who can I talk to if I have no other choice than to leave my house while my street is closed?

If you have an emergency and must get out prior to the street being reopened, you can contact the project Traffic Superintendent, Jeff Blake. His information can be found under the Contractor’s Contact Information above.

 

When can I begin driving on the newly paved street?

Driving on the new surface too early can damage the material and require it to be patched. The material will stay somewhat tender for several days after it is initially placed, however you can begin driving on your street as soon as the contractor opens it back up to traffic. In fact, driving on the roadway will actually knead the surface of the material and result in a much smoother final surface.

 

What should I do if I get a chip/crack in my windshield during/after construction?

Rock chips are a known roadway hazard for this type of construction. Please reduce speeds in these areas to protect you and others from this hazard.  If you can provide evidence that your property was damaged and that damage was directly caused by the contractor, please call Intermountain Slurry Seal at (800) 595-0452.

 

Why does the City of Amarillo do this type of construction on streets?

Routine maintenance is key to managing street assets in a cost-effective manner. Well-timed maintenance treatments, such as those involved in this project, allow streets to stay in good condition by preventing water from damaging the interior of each roadway. This will extend the life of those roads by several years.  Although this construction can be inconvenient at times, the Summer Street Maintenance Program is far less invasive than a street reconstruction project.

 

What can I do to help make sure this project is a success?

Residents are strongly encouraged to obey the construction signs and barricades, and are asked to stay off the newly resurfaced streets until they are reopened to traffic by the contractor. We also ask that you help  by checking this website for daily construction schedule updates, and keep from parking on the roadway during the time that your street is scheduled for maintenance.

 

Why are there orange cones in front of my house or on my street?

This means that the contractor is getting ready for construction in your area and preparing to close your roadway. Please do not park on the street! If your car is parked in the roadway, you will be asked to move it. If you do not respond to the request, or you cannot/refuse to move the vehicle, it will be relocated for you.

 

How much will I be charged if my car gets towed?

The purpose of relocating a vehicle is to ensure that you get the best product on your roadway as possible; therefore, we are providing that service at no cost to you and your vehicle will NOT be impounded.

 

Where can I find my car if it has been moved?

Look around the corner! The contractor has been given explicit direction to place your car nearby on a road that will be out of the active construction area. If you still can’t find it, check around the block. The contractor will be aware of each location a car has been moved, so for further assistance, please call Jeff Blake. His information can be found under the Contractor’s Contact Information above.

 

Why isn’t my road black anymore?

If your road is not black yet, it will be soon. After the Contractor appears to have completed work in some areas, roads may appear light brown, tan, or even white in color. If your road looks like that, it means that the Contractor is not done working in your area! Scrub Seal maintenance is a two part process that will take a secondary closure about two weeks after the first. For more details, you can see the description for Scrub Seal above. Please continue to obey the construction signage once it begins to reappear in your area.

 

How is construction of this project justified during the COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus) Pandemic?

Routine maintenance of vital infrastructure is absolutely essential to the operation of our city. During the construction of this project, the Contractor should have little to no reason to come into direct contact with you or even set foot on your property, so long as you do your part by abiding to the posted notices and construction signage. If your car is parked on the road where it would be hindering the contractor’s progress, they may knock on your door, and then ask from a proper distance that you please move the car into your driveway.

 

Why does my street look different than streets in other parts of the project?

For this year’s Summer Street Maintenance Program, we have made every effort to ensure that we use the right product on the right street at the right time. This year, multiple products that have historically been cost prohibitive were priced competitively to the typical Chip Seal product that has been used regionally for years. This allowed our engineering staff, in coordination with the contractor, to make a determination of where to use each product. Several considerations went into making that decision, including the following:

  • The average condition of each roadway.
  • How the conditions of those roads vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.
  • Neighborhood access characteristics such as front or rear entry driveways, street widths, alley use, trash services, school access and utility locations.
  • The product’s intended use - each one has strengths and limitations.
  • Closure times of each product and how that impacts citizen access to homes.
  • The constructability of each area due to a difference in equipment needed to perform maintenance.

Why is the city changing the way it has performed maintenance from years past, and what will the city do in the future?

While no construction comes without inconveniences, we hope citizens will see that we have been listening and learning over the past few years while performing similar projects. Each project must be evaluated on an annual basis as physical and financial conditions fluctuate.  Items of major impact can include the harshness of our winter, the price of oil and other raw materials and sales tax revenues. Overall, the city is seeking to add tools to our toolbox to directly address citizen concerns and add flexibility to maintenance practices to make the best decisions possible.

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