The Preventive Street Maintenance Program provides the city with an effective street maintenance program to protect the public investment on all public streets, thoroughfares and public ways. This program consists of minor reconstruction, resurfacing, overlaying, slurry sealing and patching of public streets to preserve and extend the life of the pavement. This program keeps the city from having to pay higher costs for street repairs in the future and helps to extend the life expectancy of the pavement.
Streets selected for the program are determined by using a pavement management system. Annually, staff visually inspects each street in the city and assigns a condition rating to the pavement. The condition rating is based upon the deterioration of the pavement. The number of streets selected is based upon the amount of funding available for the program.
The 2015 Preventative Maintenance Program includes:
Asphalt Overlays on 7 streets. This consists of applying a 2 to 3 inch layer of hot mix asphalt on the street to level and waterproof the roadway.
Slurry Seal applied to 23 streets. Slurry seal is a mixture of oil and crushed rock. When the mixture is applied it bonds to the pavement, sealing the street and increasing skid resistance.
Crack Seal Treatment applied to 23 streets. This consists of sealing the cracks in the pavement to prevent moisture from penetrating into the base and subgrade material.
Affected residents will receive notification from the City prior to any work on their street. Most of the work is expected to be completed by winter. Streets were selected for maintenance based on their condition rating, the rate of pavement deterioration, results of the latest citizen’s survey and available budget. $1,000,000 will be spent on the maintenance projects this year. Questions about the annual street maintenance program may be directed to the North Richland Hills Public Works Department at 817-427-6460.