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August 19th, 2011
San Marcos neighborhood receives city’s first slurry seal

Castle Forest is the first neighborhood in San Marcos to receive a slurry seal overlay as part of the City’s preventative maintenance program with a focus on early, low cost street repairs. Here contracted crews apply the overlay. COURTESY PHOTO.

Castle Forest is the first neighborhood in San Marcos to receive a slurry seal overlay as part of the City’s preventative maintenance program with a focus on early, low cost street repairs. Here contracted crews apply the overlay. COURTESY PHOTO.

STAFF REPORT

The city of San Marcos Transportation Division is using a contractor to apply a new pavement overlay treatment called slurry seal this week in the Castle Forest Neighborhood.

Slurry seal overlays, which are not new to the industry, involve a thin, approximately one-quarter inch, overlay over the street. The advantage of the slurry seal overlay is price and speed — the cost is approximately half that of a traditional overlay and can be completed within a day.

The project is part of the city’s new pavement management program to provide preventive maintenance to streets before the roadways deteriorate and require major reconstruction.

“In the past, the City has focused on minor and major reconstruction after a city street has failed,” says Sabas Avila, city of San Marcos assistant director of public services. “However, pursuant to the city council’s goals of sound finance and big-picture infrastructure, the Transportation Division is focusing on preventative maintenance rather than major reconstruction.”

According to the city, numerous studies show on-going preventative maintenance applied before a street begins to fail results in cost savings of 30-40 percent, and nearly doubles the life of the pavement.

According to the city, its pavement program is focused on early, low-cost, preventive maintenance treatments like crack sealing, base repairs, surface treatments, and overlays.

“Preventative maintenance may not be flashy, but it makes economic sense,” Avila said.

For more information, contact the Transportation Division at (512) 393-8036.

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