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More than 30 streets to undergo improvements soon

Posted: Monday, Jul 1st, 2013

WATSONVILLE A total of 38 streets across the city will undergo chip and slurry sealing beginning in mid-August.

The $1.7 million project, approved by the Watsonville City Council on June 25, is being funded by the Gas Tax Fund.

The sealant process involves applying three layers of material including a middle layer made from ground recycled tires and asphalt. Each street will undergo three separate closures of approximately four to six hours each as the sealant layers are applied and allowed to dry.

Residents in the street sealing areas will see notices posted 72 hours before each street closure.

Street sealing work is typically done every other year to improve road surfaces and extend the life of the pavement.

The project will be done by Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc., a subsidiary of Granite Construction.

For a list of affected streets, visit cityofwatsonville.org/public-works-utilities.

Also during the summer, a portion of Airport Boulevard and Ranport Road will be reconstructed to replace failing pavement. The Airport Boulevard section of the project begins west of Nielson Street and extends over Highway 1 and continues on Ranport Road to the Highway 1 southbound off-ramps.

The cost of the project is $694,581, and the work will be performed by the Pavex Construction Division of Granite Rock.

For information about both projects, contact Public Works and Utilities at 768-3100.

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