Jefferson City street crews are gearing up for summer road work and finalizing the list of city streets that will receive an overlay this year.
To see the complete interactive map of areas that will be resurfaced, check midmogis.org/StreetResurface
At the Public Works and Planning Committee meeting Thursday, Operations Division Director Britt Smith presented a three-year list of streets scheduled to receive an overlay, though Smith noted the list could change depending on conditions of the streets.
"That is a working plan, not a definite plan," Smith said. "This is a fluid list that changes often."
The city's half-cent capital improvements sales tax provides $1.2 million each year for street resurfacing. This year's list is estimated to cost roughly $1.8 million, though that estimate can change as the city has yet to begin the bidding process for the work.
Public Works Director Matt Morasch said because the bids haven't come in, the list may be altered as crews get closer to the actual work. The city may have to eliminate some streets from this year's list if costs increase above expectations, he said, but if they come in lower than anticipated, other streets could be added later.
Smith said the city goes out to evaluate what streets are in the worst condition and whether winter has taken its toll on city streets. Though the city previously tried to schedule overlays so each ward had nearly equal numbers, Smith said the department chose to take into consideration only the conditions this time around.
Three of the streets on this year's list - North Shamrock Road, Stertzer Road and Hibernia Road - will receive a chip and seal treatment, a cheaper method often used in more rural areas "which are structurally in good shape but have pavement cracking present."
The chip and seal process involves spreading oil over the surface of a road, which seals any cracks within the street to extend its use, and covering it with a thin layer of rock to serve as an additional wearing surface as well as to prevent oil from going on vehicles that drive down the road.
The only change the committee made to the three-year list was moving Roland Court and Roland Street from the 2016 list to the 2015 list at the request of 5th Ward Councilman Ralph Bray. Bray originally requested the two streets be considered for this year's overlay list, but Smith said any overlay also would require updating of the existing sidewalks on the two streets, which currently are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.