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Why Roseville streets will " or won't " be resurfaced this summer

City has about $3 million to spend on road resurfacing projects each year
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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With the warmer months come road resurfacing projects, and some residents may be left wondering why certain streets get repaired and others do not.

The city of Roseville conducts these improvements when the weather is dry and ambient temperatures are high, which means in a couple months crews will begin resurfacing streets. They'll begin with roads in relatively good condition before addressing bad ones.

This might seem illogical, but officials say it's the most proactive and cost-effective way to maintain the city's 428 miles of streets with limited funding.

"We have to be strategic in terms of how we maintain all our streets," said acting Public Works Director Rhon Herndon.

He says targeting less-damaged streets with regular maintenance and applying a surface treatment every seven to 10 years keeps roads in good shape and prevents degradation to a condition that requires more costly repairs.

"It is a pro-active approach and not many cities and counties do that," said Streets Division Superintendent Jerry Dankbar.

That's why residents might see streets resurfaced in a subdivision built only five years ago.

"We do not want to get to the point where we have to use thick asphalt overlays that are very expensive," Herndon said.

The city hasn't used asphalt overlays as a regular fix-it measure for at least the past decade, instead turning to other treatments such as slurry seals or cape seals that protect roads from water intrusion - a street's worst enemy - and provide a new wearing surface.

Herndon equates this practice to replacing a car's brake pads, which drivers are advised to do before they've worn down to the metal.

A road not resurfaced for 20 years may look unsightly, but as long as it's safe for motorists and pedestrians, the city will withhold repairs until funding becomes available. If a road needs attention now, it gets attention now, Herndon said.

Resident Fred Lopez recently emailed the Roseville City Council to express his dissatisfaction with the process. He lives near the intersection of Woodcreek Oaks and Blue Oaks boulevards. He said the surface on Blue Oaks has deteriorated to the point of being a nuisance.

"The bumps, cracks and uneven road surface are unacceptable for this city and the thousands of citizens who drive that surface daily," Lopez wrote.

Dankbar responded that the segment of road in question is scheduled for resurfacing in the next three years. City crews will fill cracks with a hot rubber sealant and replace more distressed areas of pavement. Then an outside crew will resurface the street - contracting out is more cost-effective, Herndon said.

Dankbar told Lopez that potholes on Blue Oaks Boulevard will be repaired immediately.

Roseville receives an average of $5.3 million a year for road maintenance. About $2.9 million comes from gasoline tax revenues, $700,000 in state Regional Surface Transportation Program funds and $1.7 million in Utility Impact Reimbursement funds. This money can only be used for roadway purposes.

After the cost of road resurfacing preparation activities such as filling cracks and potholes, and maintaining roadway striping, markings and signs, and conducting drainage projects, the city has about $3 million a year left for resurfacing contracts.

The city notifies residents when resurfacing will occur in their neighborhoods. Residents may put their trash out for regularly scheduled pick-ups.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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To determine resurfacing, Roseville ...

  • Uses a computer program that rates streets from zero to a perfect 100 on the Pavement Quality Index (PQI)
  • Target PQI for residential streets is 65, and target for collectors and arterials streets is 72
  • Residential streets serve neighborhoods and tend to get a slurry or cape seal treatment
  • Collectors are medium-size streets that connect residential roads to arterial. They are usually two-lane roads with no parking. Treatments are typically more substantial than those used for residential.
  • Arterial roads include Douglas Boulevard, Galleria Boulevard and Cirby Way. Treatments begin with microsurfacing before possible use of 1-inch asphalt overlay.
  • Staff evaluates streets every three years to update the computer system

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Recent road projects approved by Roseville City Council

  • A pavement surface of hot mix asphalt microsurfacing will be applied to parts of Roseville Parkway and E. Roseville Parkway, beginning in July for $1.2 million
  • Neighborhood streets will be cape sealed, including portions of Ridgewood Oaks, Foothills Junction Center, Westwood Terrace and Vineyard Point Business Center. Construction begins in July for $850,000.
  • A pavement surface of hot mix asphalt slurry seal will be applied to various residential streets, including portions of Stoneridge East Village and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods and within the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction begins in July for $700,000.