Suisun City streets bounce back to life

September 1, 2008 1:50:31 PM PDT
There will soon be rubber where the rubber meets the road in Suisun City.

Thirty-eight segments of streets in Suisun City will be resurfaced starting Thursday with a rubber liquid compound made of waste vehicle tires and a layer of rock chips.

The $1.2 million project that uses rubberized asphalt will take about a week, city officials said. Two weeks later, road crews will apply a slurry seal that will harden and cure into a smooth surface finish.

City spokesman Scott Corey said using rubberized asphalt and the slurry seal adds a decade of useful street life. It is more durable than traditional asphalt overlay, costs less per square foot and allows the Public Works Department to surface more streets than were previously possible.

"This is a significant upgrade to any repaving process we've used before," said Acting Public Works Director Dan Kasperson. "It's been a year of hard work to get to this point, and we are excited to be seeing the product of that effort showing up in Suisun City's streets."

The treatment is being used in the city for the first time. It fills surface cracks to strengthen existing asphalt and to keep water from getting into the road base, Corey said.

The City Council approved the project in March using state Proposition 1B and Proposition 42 money, city funding and other sources. The "worst of the worst" of the pavement in the city was targeted for the project.

The project is expected to use 10,500 waste tires from California, a beneficial way to recycle and reuse waste vehicle tires that pose a major waste management threat in the state, Corey said.

Notices were sent to residents living on streets that will be fixed and parking restrictions will be posted at least 72 hours before work begins.

The specific work schedule and street maps are posted at www.suisun.com.


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