Last year the city spent $2.7 million on street resurfacing projects, according to the Georgetown Systems Engineering Department. On an annual basis the city spends an average of $3 million on street maintenance projects, the department added.
Street resurfacing projects are conducted annually by the city and funded by the city’s quarter-cent sales tax. The city’s 0.25% sales tax for street maintenance was first approved by voters in 2002 and most recently in 2018, according to the city’s website. The sales tax generates $3 million annually, which is all used to maintain the city’s streets. The 129 street resurfacing projects being conducted this summer are intended to maintain and extend the life of the existing Georgetown street network.
“Maintaining high-quality roads ensures all modes of transportation through the city are safe,” said Aly Van Dyke, Georgetown director of communication and public engagement. “Streets from different areas of the city are selected for maintenance each year.”
Resurfacing projects will include a high-performance surface seal treatment and hot-in-place recycling, an alternative to mill and asphalt overlay.
During the work schedule for surface seal treatment in the Old Mill Crossing, Pleasant Valley, Quail Valley and portions of Sun City neighborhoods, the streets will be closed to traffic and street parking from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. High-performance surface seal treatments scheduled in portions of Berry Creek, Gatlin Creek and Lakeside at Lake Georgetown will close streets for 24 hours from 7 a.m.-7 a.m. On the day hot-in-place recycling is scheduled, the streets will not be closed, but residents should expect delays and plan for alternate routes.
Projects are chosen based on the pavement condition index study, an assessment of road surface conditions based on vehicles outfitted to record street surface conditions.
A full list of projects and paving schedules can be found at https://transportation.georgetown.org.