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City gets to work on resurfacing streets

Street resurfacing in Northeast El Paso.

The city is getting a head start on improving streets.

Street resurfacing season runs from April to October.

This year, the warm temperatures helped in getting more projects done. The city said the Streets and Maintenance Department was able to complete 20 resurfacing projects even before paving season begins.

Richard Bristol, director of Streets and Maintenance Department, said factors come in to play to determine how long a resurfacing project will take.

All projects must have an ADA-compliant path of travel.

“That’s concrete work. The longest most time-consuming time in these projects are the concrete work, to get all of the ADA ramps built. That can take between 30 to 90 days,” Bristol said.

Then it takes a day or two to repave, according to Bristol.

Layering streets with new asphalt improves safety and provides for a smoother riding surface.

Over the next two years, the city will resurface approximately 200 residential roadways and badly damaged segments of some of the most heavily traveled streets.

Resurfacing projects are funded through the 2012 Street Capital Improvement Program.

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