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Streets get annual overlay

Michael Schneider

Over the next two weeks, more than 20 streets in the state line area will be resurfaced as part of the city’s annual street overlay project.

Jan Busatto, the city’s associate management analyst, said the streets were identified as being in the worst condition with the highest levels of traffic. She said the city must tell the California Department of Transportation which streets need the overlay two to three years in advance.

The project, which will begin June 1 and last two weeks, weather permitting, will begin with the removal of asphalt from Park Avenue.

“If the weather cooperates, the project should be complete within the two-week period,” Street Supervisor Leo Tate said. “As long as the temperature is above 40 degrees and the ground isn’t wet, the contractor (Advanced Asphalt) can proceed.”

Park Avenue will be closed June 2 from U.S. Highway 50 to Montreal for resurfacing. Other streets in the area will follow.

Busatto said some streets will be closed to through traffic throughout the project. However, residents will be able to access streets when leaving or arriving at their homes.

Signs will be posted to alert motorists when parking is prohibited. Cars left on the restricted roadway will be towed.

Motorists may experience short-term traffic delays and Busatto asks those who can to find alternate routes.

Although there are several motels in the area, city staff said the city has taken steps to minimize the effect on tourists.

“We’re asking the owners and managers to keep their tenants informed as to the work in progress in the area,” said Steve Kooyman, associate civil engineer. “Likewise, we’ve asked the contractor to make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to the hotel patrons.”

Busatto said it has been between 10 and 15 years since the state line area has been overlaid with a new surface.

She said the process calls for the streets to first be sprayed with a prime coat. Then a paving fabric is laid on the newly sprayed streets, acting as a moisture barrier.

The streets are then overlaid with an inch and a half of new asphalt which should last about 10 to 15 years, according to Busatto.

The affected streets will include portions of Park Avenue, Azure Avenue, Greenwood Road, Sunrise Lane, Hill Road, Pine Boulevard, Blackrock Road, Stateline Avenue, Manzanita Avenue, Cedar Avenue, Poplar Street, Friday Avenue, LaSalle Street, Pine Grove Avenue, Paradise Avenue, Steven Lane, Midway Road, Pentagon Road, Aspenwald Road, Forest Avenue, Montreal, and Lake Parkway.

Busatto said the city will resurface about four miles of city streets this year using state and local funds totaling more than $400,000.

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