Understanding Street Maintenance
Ever wonder why some streets are resurfaced while others get different forms of maintenance?
The City of El Paso Street Department is responsible for maintaining more than 2,500 centerline miles of streets. A centerline mile is a mile of roadway in one direction of travel regardless of the number of lanes on the street.
The Street Departmentís goal is to extend the useful life of each street to try to keep expenses down and to avoid the need to reconstruct a street. Replacing every street maintained by the City would cost about $2.6 billion. To avoid burdening taxpayers with such an astronomical cost the Street Department uses various pavement restoration methods to extend the life of each street, such as pothole patching, crack sealing, resurfacing and total street reconstruction.
Street resurfacing, the practice of replacing the pavement of a street and street reconstruction are the most expensive treatments to a street. Street resurfacing costs about $13 per square yard and street reconstruction costs about $65 per square yard.
The type of restoration technique each street requires is based on several factors, including funding availability, the condition of the pavement, community requests and the age of the street. The Street Department is gearing up to start on a $6 million resurfacing project and is in the process of completing two resurfacing contracts worth about $10 million.
Though street restoration funds are limited, the Street Department encourages citizens to report problems with streets, such as cracks, potholes or faded stripping. The Street Department utilizes the extra eyes to help ensure that the roads are safe for the traveling public.
Service requests may be made by calling 621-6750 or by visiting www.elpasotexas.gov/streets and filling out a short form.
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