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$1.1 million+ street improvement project being considered in Santa Maria

Posted at 6:57 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 21:57:50-04

Santa Maria City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday night that would finance several pavement projects in the city. 

The council is expected to approve a resolution that would spend more than $1.1 million on fixing pavement on various roads. 

The city is looking to hire a contractor to seal parts of roads to make them last longer by protecting the asphalt from water, by chip sealing. 

"It helps seal the roads surface from water because water is asphalt’s enemy; water gets into the base, it wrecks the base and can wreck the whole road surface, so we try to keep the water out of the road surface"

The funding would come from the gas tax and car registration tax increases that went into effect at the beginning of the year. If approved, it would be the most expensive chip seal project the city has ever done.