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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2013

Tanisha Werner
Project Engineer

Redwood City Neighborhood Street Improvements Scheduled to Begin in Late May

Redwood City, CA - As part of its roadway preventative maintenance program, Redwood City is about to start road resurfacing projects on a number of neighborhood streets. This will improve the condition and extend the life of the roadways - but will cause some inconvenience to residents and motorists in these areas during the work. The work is scheduled to begin in late May, and will be completed in approximately ten weeks.

Click here to go right to the list of streets scheduled for work.

Neighbors will be notified of specific scheduling and details of the work, and when appropriate "No Parking" signage will be installed. The short-term inconvenience consists of a requirement to keep cars off the street during certain portions of the work. The City will take all reasonable measures to minimize the impact of construction activity in neighborhoods, though some inconvenience is unavoidable. Motorists should expect periodic lane closures, detours, some dust, and temporary parking restrictions during construction. All roadway users are asked to be particularly cautious during construction. If possible, motorists should use alternate routes during the work in order to avoid delays.

Overall work hours will be 7:30 am until 4 pm. During the main part of the work, streets will normally be reopened to traffic by 5 pm. However, streets may be closed later if necessary to allow the new surfacing to fully "cure." Appropriate signage will be posted in the area.

In general, the process for this resurfacing project will involve two applications, Cape Seal or Slurry Seal:

  • Cape Seal - this work is expected to start during the week of May 20. It's a two-step roadway resurfacing process. Cape seal consists of an initial application of asphalt rubber chip seal, followed by a slurry seal a few weeks later. Motorists may drive on the asphalt rubber chip seal street a few hours after application. The cape seal process is generally used to protect low traffic volume/residential roadway surfaces.

  • Slurry Seal - this work is expected to start in early June (for streets receiving only the slurry seal). This work consists of a applying a coating of a thin sand and oil mixture to "seal" the street. Smaller local streets may be closed entirely for up to four hours after the seal is applied. Until that seal is dry, neighbors are cautioned to keep cars, children, and pets from coming into contact with the roadway, as the seal material is very difficult to remove from rugs, clothing, etc.

In addition, an "overlay" will be applied to Brewster Avenue between El Camino Real and Stanley Street, starting in July, with work lasting for approximately four weeks. The overlay process entails sweeping up loose material and placing a two-inch layer of new asphalt on top of the existing surface. Until the asphalt has cooled, traffic controls will be in place to direct vehicles around the new asphalt. Drivers are asked to proceed carefully and look for signs to direct traffic.

The City thanks residents and motorists for their patience as we work to improve Redwood City's roadways, and apologizes in advance for any inconvenience.

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