Street Resurfacing & Pavement Management

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Street resurfacing progress map - completed and planned resurfacing 
Pavement Management Program overview - presentation from 8/2/16 City Council meeting

Summer/Fall 2017 Street Resurfacing & Traffic Signal Improvements

Temple City will be resurfacing several streets and upgrading traffic signals throughout the city in summer and fall 2017. Work begins August 14, 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Construction will occur Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Certain traffic signals will be replaced and upgraded around the city, including installation of pedestrian countdown timers at select locations. The following streets will be resurfaced:

Street From To
Alessandro Ave.  Blackley St.  Pentland St.
Ardsley Dr.  Temple City Blvd. Cul-de-sac
Blackley St. Temple City Blvd. Golden West Ave.
Blackley St. Encinita Ave. Cul-de-sac
Broadway Temple City Blvd. Baldwin Ave.
Encinita Ave. Woodruff Ave. Longden Ave.
La Rosa Dr. Heleo Ave. Arden Dr.
Sparklett St. Temple City Blvd. Ardsley Dr.
Temple City Blvd. Camino Real Ave. Ellis Ln.

Traffic and parking restrictions may be imposed while construction work is ongoing. Affected residents and businesses will receive notices.
> Public notice regarding resurfacing of Temple City Blvd.
> Public notice regarding resurfacing of other streets

For questions or concerns about the construction work, please contact:
Mario Maglogiochetti, Project Inspector - (909) 703-9257
Okan Demirci, Project Manager - (714) 319-6137

Fall 2016 Street Resurfacing

Slurry seal resurfacing was completed on about 11.5 miles of Temple City streets in November and December 2016. The City Council allocated $1.5 million of Measure R transportation funds for this project in the Fiscal Year 2016-17 City Budget.
List and map of streets slurry sealed
Public notice regarding slurry seal project

What is the Pavement Management Program?

Temple City's Pavement Management Program (PMP) is a document that forms the basis for how Temple City manages the maintenance, repair, and resurfacing of its streets. In 2013, a consulting firm with expertise in street maintenance prepared the City’s PMP. The PMP looked at the condition of all streets in Temple City at that time and made recommendations for which streets needed to be resurfaced, and what type of resurfacing would be required.  The PMP is for general planning purposes only and is not intended to rank or prioritize street resurfacing.  The information from the PMP is continuously updated based on field observations by the City Engineer.

How does the City decide which streets get resurfaced first?

The priority for the PMP is to maintain and repair streets that are in better condition before they deteriorate to a worse condition.  Streets that are already in poor condition and require costly reconstruction are beyond maintenance and repair.  Since limited funding is available, the focus is on prolonging the life of streets that can be saved using less expensive methods.  If funds were focused on reconstruction of poor streets, fewer streets could be resurfaced due to the higher cost, and streets that used to be in better condition would continue to deteriorate, making them more expensive to maintain in the long run.

In addition to prioritizing based on condition, street resurfacing decisions are also driven by the City’s desire to leverage funding from other projects and to minimize construction impacts and disruptions to the community.  When other projects are planned such as pedestrian or bicycle improvements or utility work, the City Engineer uses the PMP as a guide to determine what street resurfacing work can be done in conjunction with the other ongoing work.

Based on the PMP, the City knows that most streets need resurfacing. Why not do them all now?

Street resurfacing is expensive.  Depending upon the condition of the street, resurfacing can cost up to several dollars per square foot.  The PMP estimated that it would cost about $24.1 million to resurface all streets in the City at one time to an overall average condition of “excellent,” plus an additional $5.5 million in annual maintenance costs to maintain them at an “excellent” level on average.  Maintaining streets in their existing overall average condition of “good” would require about $3 million annually.  Currently, the City does not have this funding available.

How are streets resurfaced?  How does the City decide which method to use?

There are three general types of street resurfacing: slurry seal, cold mill and overlay, and reconstruction.  The method used is selected by the City Engineer based on the condition of the street.
Slurry seal involves spreading a thin coating of asphalt on top of the existing pavement.  Slurry prolongs the life of streets that are in “very good” or “good” condition with some cracks and a generally even surface, and is the least expensive form of resurfacing.

Cold mill and overlay involves grinding away the top portion of the pavement surface to level the street and replacing it with an overlay of new asphalt.  This method restores the surface of streets that are in “good” or “fair” condition with extensive cracking and possibly some potholes and uneven areas.

Reconstruction involves completely removing the asphalt and reconstructing the complete thickness of the pavement surface.  This method is used for streets in “poor”, “very poor”, or “failed” condition with extensive cracking, potholes, uneven areas, and broken pavement.  Reconstruction can be expensive and as such is used only for streets that are beyond repair.

A street near me was resurfaced and mine wasn’t.  Why?

As noted above, streets are prioritized based on the condition of the street and other work that is already occurring on the street.  If pedestrian or bicycle enhancements were installed or utility work was completed on a street near you but not on your street, then that street may have been resurfaced while yours was not.

I requested to have my street resurfaced but nothing has been done.  Why?

The City receives many requests from residents to repair and resurface their streets.  While the City regularly fixes potholes and makes other minor repairs upon request, street resurfacing is done based on the factors discussed above and available funding.  Since all residents would like their street to be resurfaced first, the City cannot use resident requests as a basis for prioritizing streets.  Please be assured that the City is aware of the condition of your street based on the PMP and subsequent field observations by the City Engineer.

When will my street be resurfaced?

The street resurfacing progress map shows all completed and planned street resurfacing.  For all streets not highlighted on the map, there is no street resurfacing schedule at this time and it is not known when specific streets will be resurfaced.  Streets will continue to be prioritized based on available funding and the factors discussed above.