Preventive Street Maintenance Program
|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 that have exceeded their life expectancy and can no longer be effectively maintained may be considered for the Capital Improvement Program.
Streets selected for the Preventive Street Maintenance 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 latest citizen survey results and input from the Economic Development and Planning & Development Departments are also considered when selecting streets for the annual program. The number of streets selected each year is dependent upon the amount of funding available for the program.
On January 23, 2017, the City Council approved $1,800,000 in preventive street maintenance projects, which will improve nearly 10% of the 543 lane miles of city streets. This includes:
- Asphalt Overlays on 21 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 44 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 50 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. Questions about the annual street maintenance program may be directed to the North Richland Hills Public Works Department at 817-427-6460.