Carlsbad Streets Getting Resurfaced

by The Editors on March 7, 2014

The City of Carlsbad will be cleaning up some streets with a new “slurry” coat this spring. Carlsbad Boulevard south of Palomar Airport Road to Poinsettia, and La Costa between the 5 and El Camino Real. Click here for a map of the streets being updated or follow the jump for more information.Carlsbad streets getting spruced up
The city will resurface portions of some major roadways and improve bike lanes during the next several months as part of the city’s annual program to maintain city streets. Major streets that will receive a slurry seal as part of this year’s program are:

See a map of affected streets

Carlsbad Boulevard from Cannon Road to southern city limit
La Costa Avenue from Interstate 5 and El Camino Real Palomar Airport Road west of Avenida Encinas
Avenida Encinas from Embarcadero to Poinsettia Lane
The streets will go through a “slurry seal” process. The first step in the process is to fill cracks and prepare the streets for their new surface. Then work crews will apply a new slurry seal, a combination of asphalt emulsion and aggregate. This protective layer helps keep the pavement from oxidizing, weathering and cracking.

In addition to getting a fresh coat of slurry seal, Carlsbad Boulevard will be re-striped to widen bicycle lanes and create a buffer zone that will enhance safety for cyclists sharing the road with other vehicles. The work is scheduled to be completed before the busy summer season begins.

Watch a video about the city’s street paving program.

A number of residential streets are part of this year’s program as well. City Public Works Department staff evaluate the city’s streets regularly to make sure they are well maintained. This year’s streets were chosen based on their age and pavement condition. Routine and regular maintenance is what keeps Carlsbad’s streets in top condition.

“The City of Carlsbad takes pride in maintaining our streets to keep them smooth and safe,” said Jon Schauble, a Public Works Department associate engineer who oversees pavement management. “Taking good care of city streets is part of our commitment to creating a world-class experience for everyone who visits Carlsbad. ”

Businesses and residents near the affected streets will be informed before work begins. The project will include traffic control and safety signage.

The $1.4 million contract for the slurry seal project was awarded to American Asphalt South, and City of Carlsbad staff will supervise the work. The project is funded through the city’s Capital Improvement Program budget, and the money comes from local fees paid by trash haulers.

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