City News Service
The San Diego City Council on Monday approved spending $2.5 million to resurface a portion of the 147 miles of roadways throughout the city set to be slurry-sealed in the 2011 budget.
During the next several weeks, city staff will bring to Council for approval the remainder of the 147 miles of streets, according to Erin Demorest of First District Councilwoman Sherri Lightner's staff.
Among them are Via Capri and Soledad Mountain Road and a portion of Via Siena between Hillside Drive and Via Capri.
Council members say potholes and other roadway problems are the number one topic they hear about from constituents, and poor road conditions were only worsened by December's rains.
“This is very top-of-mind for residents in the city of San Diego,'' Councilman Kevin Faulconer said, while Lightner said the “repairs will enhance the quality of life for our neighborhoods and make it more attractive to do business in our communities.”
Other major roadways to receive a slurry seal coating this spring are La Playa Avenue, Jackdaw St., and La Mancha Drive. The slurry seal fills cracks and other road imperfections.
The rule-of-thumb is for streets to receive a slurry seal every seven years and repaving every 21 years, according to city staff.
Another resurfacing project, for busy Mission Gorge Road, is set to come before the City Council on Tuesday.
A recent audit of the city Street Division found that 17 percent of the roads in San Diego are in poor condition, and the city is $377 million behind in keeping them in shape.
At a meeting Monday, members of the City Council's Audit Committee approved a plan to get city departments and contractors to coordinate projects so that newly paved roads aren't torn up soon after for previously scheduled work.