Summer is time for road trips – and work on the road! | New
Summer means road trips – not only for those of us going for fun or vacations, but also for the crews working to maintain and improve the unincorporated roads of San Diego County. to protect drivers and ensure public safety.
Teams have already started working on this year’s $ 40 million for patching and resurfacing 98 miles of unincorporated roads, with plans to spend an additional $ 56 million on additional roads in 2022.
Mud and coatings are designed to extend the life of roads, be quieter for drivers, and improve traction and safety.
The works cover roads around the county, in 24 unincorporated communities and planning areas. The full list of routes for fiscal year 2020/21 runs through Alpine, Bonsall, Crest, Fallbrook, Jamul, Julian, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Ramona, Spring Valley and many more. You’ll know the county is coming to your neighborhood when you receive a letter in the mail, a door hanger notification, and see signs posted on the streets being resurfaced.
The county’s Department of Public Works routinely maintains over 1,900 miles of unincorporated highways, long enough to stretch from San Diego to Atlanta, Georgia. The ministry uses visual and mechanical inspection, along with feedback from people and communities, to determine which roads need resurfacing each year.
The county’s annual roadworks received a big financial boost when the California Senate Bill 1, the Highway Repair and Liability Act, was enacted in 2017.
This led to county supervisors approving an expanded county road improvement plan; the county is currently in the fourth year of this plan. The county rebuilt 154 miles of road in year one, 131 miles in year two, and just completed 141 miles from year three.
Recent advancements now allow the county to use up to 25% recycled material in the new pavement, which means resurfacing is more sustainable than ever. In the first three years of the Expanded Road Resurfacing Program, nearly 200,000 tonnes of recycled material was reused.
The county expects to receive $ 538 million from SB 1 through 2027.
So when you see a team working there give them a wave. Travel by car!