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Get ready for annual roadwork in Roseville

Roseville City Council approves street maintenance projects
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Here’s a look at some other items approved during the May1 council meeting:

Public safety computer maintenance: The city will pay $173,720 to reimburse the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for Roseville’s share of the 2012-13 maintenance costs for a shared regional public safety computer system. The police and fire departments have shared public safety computer systems with the sheriff’s department, other county departments and the city of Auburn since 1998.

Park naming policy revisions: The city will discourage the renaming of existing city parks per its new policy. There will be some flexibility for special circumstances.

New park names: Park site W-53 in west Roseville adjacent to St. John’s Church will be named Bob Mahan Park; Longmeadow neighborhood park site in the north area will be called Walter and Doris Rickey Park; park site NC 55B in the north central area will be Gilbert and Helen Duran Park; the soccer field at Central Park off Fairway Drive will be Rick Hitch Field.

Old Auburn Ranch property for sale: The city has decided to once again try to sell its property at the intersection of South Cirby Way and Old Auburn Road, which Roseville bought in 1988 for $800,000, originally intended for roadway realignment. Only a portion of the property was used. The remaining property has been zoned for a 32-lot subdivision for 6.75 acres, and the remaining 12.45 acres will be used for open space and flood protection. Proceeds from the sale will go to the city’s Traffic Mitigation Fund.

~ Sena Christian

The onset of summer means hot weather, swimming, barbecues and …  street resurfacing?

That’s right: Summer is when the city of Roseville embarks on its annual street resurfacing projects when the weather is dry and ambient temperatures high. Construction will begin in early July and is expected to be complete in late fall.

The Roseville City Council unanimously approved the projects during the May 1 meeting.

As part of the roadwork, various residential streets will be resurfaced with an application of a cape or slurry seal, which provides a waterproof membrane to protect the existing street surface and extend the life of the underlying pavement, according to Public Works Director Rhon Herndon.

As part of what city officials call a pro-active and cost-effective approach to road maintenance, streets in relatively good condition are addressed before ones in poor condition.

“At around 15 years or so, there is a significant drop in the structural integrity of the pavement,” Herndon said. “Our goal is to resurface the street before it reaches that critical point.”

By keeping decent roads in good shape through regular maintenance and surface treatments, the city is able to prevent the use of expensive repairs such as asphalt overlays. Roseville has 438 miles of streets and more than $1 billion in street infrastructure, according to Herndon.

Slurry seals and cape seals help stop water from intruding into the pavement, which causes substantial damage over time, and provides a new wearing surface. A seal costs 25 to 30 cents per square foot if applied every eight to 10 years, while an asphalt overlay can cost 10 times as much as that, according to Herndon.

The neighborhoods to be resurfaced this summer include portions of Crocker Ranch, Silverado Village and Enwood subdivisions. The engineer’s estimate for the total construction cost is about $3.25 million. Of that, $2.2 million is covered by Gas Tax funds and $115,000 by a government grant for the use of recycled rubber tires.

“It’s a good project. It’s a good way to make our roads last longer,” said Councilwoman Pauline Roccucci, noting how the city plans to implement some changes to better notify residents of the work to minimize inconveniences.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the council also approved a call for bids for placing a new pavement surface of hot mix asphalt microsurfacing onto portions of Roseville Parkway and East Roseville Parkway, Alexandria Drive, Taylor Road and Sunrise Avenue. The cost is about $1.75 million and is funded with Gas Tax funds.

The city will also apply a cape and slurry seal at the corporation yard and the Dry Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant parking lots for about $1.34 million, which is funded with Capital Improvement Project funds, Gas Tax funds and grants.