City Street Maintenance Update

ChipSeal

One of the core functions of the City is to maintain its street infrastructure.

The City of Grand Junction’s Street Maintenance Program has the goal of improving the condition of our roads and streets with the interest of increasing the pavement condition index (PCI). From 2017 through 2022, over $33 million is planned to be invested in improving the condition of our street infrastructure from a PCI of 69 to a more sustainable 73. Funding in 2020 for this effort is from two sources: $2.8 million from the City’s 0.75% sales tax for capital improvements and $3.0 million from the voter approved 2017 measure 2B which allowed the City to use restricted TABOR dollars for increasing the condition of City streets. After the first three years of the program, a recent PCI study rated the City’s street network at a 71 – placing the City in good standing on its goal to increase PCI to 73 by 2022.

As part of the City’s commitment to street maintenance, this year’s efforts will focus on three treatments:

  • Street Overlays – A 2-inch layer of new asphalt is placed restoring structural capacity to the road. Elam Construction was awarded the $2.9 million project that will overlay 45 roads with over 30 lane miles.
  • Chip Seal – Covers the roadway with a thin layer of asphalt followed by a 3/8-inch of fine rock surface (“chips”) and then a few weeks later cover it in a fog seal. The “chips” help provide a new wearing surface but more importantly this method seals the surface to help prevent moisture from compromising the integrity of the street. 26 City employees will be involved in this year’s chip seal program that will cover over 85 lane miles. The area to be “chipped” is bounded by 25 Road on the east, I-70 B on the south and City Limits to the north and west.
  • HA-5 – Thick, flexible seal material that the City has been piloting for three years. The product is used in neighborhoods as an alternative to Chip Seal.

A map of the street maintenance can be viewed here. Construction has been considered an essential service and the work can be done safely with social distancing and other protocols in place.


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

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