Ballot issue 1A sales tax funds at work improving local streets
Contractors for the Town of Estes Park will begin the 2018 Street Improvement Program in August. Vance Brothers, Inc will begin a Town-wide crack-sealing project the week of Aug. 6. The work consists of applying hot asphalt sealant to cracks in a portion of Town streets, effectively preventing water from penetrating the roadways and reducing potholes. Funds permitting, the treatment will be applied to approximately half of Town-owned asphalt streets. Work is scheduled for completion by Aug. 17, weather permitting. Work is not expected to cause any full street closures, though moving lane closures and flagging will be necessary. Motorists should drive with caution in the work zone.
All Pro Pavement will begin the overlaying and patching program approximately Aug. 13. This consists of overlaying or removing existing asphalt and replacing it with a new asphalt surface, depending on the condition of the existing pavement. The contractor will patch large sections of certain roads as well as replace concrete curb, gutter and ramps. This work is expected to be complete within two weeks, with construction on each road lasting only a few days. It is not expected to result in any full road closures, and flaggers will be present during active construction to direct traffic. Local access will be maintained although they may be brief periods when on-street parking and private driveways are blocked.
Vance Brothers will return to chip seal multiple town roads beginning August 20, weather permitting, for approximately one week. Chip sealing consists of spraying asphalt oil on the existing street surface, followed by the placement of small aggregate stone (“chips”) to those areas. The chips are then compacted for maximum adherence to the asphalt oil. The excess chips are then swept from the surface and a fog seal coat of asphalt oil is applied to hold them in place. This work is not expected to result in any full road closures, and flaggers will be present during active construction to direct traffic. Local access will be maintained although they may be brief periods when on-street parking and private driveways are blocked.
All work is part of the 2024 Street Improvement Program (STIP) which aims to improve the average street system Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 65 (2012 poor condition) to 73 (fair condition) by 2024. The plan, which receives its funding from the voter-approved 2014 Ballot Issue 1A sales tax, includes extensive preventative maintenance which will improve road conditions throughout the Town.
For more information including work locations, please contact the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587 or visit www.estes.org/streetimprovements. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please visit www.estes.org/subscribe.