FARMINGTON — Parking lots and sections of streets throughout Farmington will be periodically closed this month for surface repairs.
Crews will lay a sand-oil mix over more than 50 streets citywide, and that pavement may be temporarily closed until May 16 as the sections dry. Other contractors will also rip up and resurface streets throughout the month, rendering sections impassable.
"It's the elements," said Jeff Smaka, acting Public Works director. "Our sun causes a lot of oxidation in the asphalt. It breaks down the binding elements, the oils."
Resurfacing streets is an annual requirement because they degrade over time, he said.
Crews began resurfacing streets with the sand-oil mix on Wednesday, and they will begin tearing out and replacing old asphalt on Friday, said Chico Quintana, an assistant project engineer for the city who is managing the street maintenance project.
Drivers are advised to not park on the streets receiving the sand-oil mix between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through May 16. Drivers are also advised to avoid parking on the streets being repaved between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through the end of the month. Detours will be routed.
Laying the sand-oil mix — and ripping street surfaces to prepare for the mixture — costs $850,000, Quintana said. This project will also resurface the parking lots at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater, Justice Park and the corner of Orchard Avenue and Arlington Street and will cost nearly $62,000, he said.
The sand-oil mix dries after about two hours, and Quintana encourages drivers to keep off the surface until it has hardened.
Dredging and repaving the other street sections is estimated to cost $630,000, he said, adding that pending variables may affect the final price.
According to city documents, street sections scheduled to be dredged and repaved include the following: between Apache Street and Main Street on Court Avenue, Municipal Drive to Four Corners Regional Airport on Navajo Street, Navajo Street to 20th Street on Municipal Drive, Main Street to 20th Street on Hutton Avenue and the section of Cortez Way that is the east entrance of Walmart.
Quintana said Navajo Street between Glade Road and Gladden Drive will not be repaved because it recently received new asphalt.
Drivers must avoid streets that are undergoing this project, and those streets will be closed longer, he said. The project may take longer than is estimated, possibly into June, Quintana said.
Laying the sand-oil mix regenerates streets with minor cracks or blemishes, but older roadways or more serious flaws require deeper resurfacing, he said.
Smaka said another project that will close lanes this month is replacing a water line between Municipal Drive and Sunset Avenue on 20th Street. That will require cutting open the road, and traffic will be diverted for at least two months, he said.
For more information, call the public works department at 505-599-1308 or 505-599-1062.