At the June 15 City Council meeting, the Santa Paula Public Works Department received the green light to begin the second half of the two-part Street Maintenance Program. The approved work will begin at the end of June and will be completed by the end of July.
In April 2020, the City Council authorized a three-year contract with J & H Engineering to implement the Street Maintenance Program, which is fundamental to the City’s 5-Year Pavement Management Plan to ensure road and pavement upgrades are regularly addressed and maintained.
The approved work includes the following streets:
|Santa Barbara Street||Steckel Drive||7th Street|
|Santa Paula Street ||Dean Drive||SR 150 (Ojai Road)|
|Dean Drive||Main Street ||Santa Paula Street|
|Virginia Terrace ||Mill Street||SR 150 (Ojai Road)|
|Saticoy Street||SR 150 (Ojai Road)||12th Street|
The project consists of concrete work, pavement grind and overlays, pothole repairs and dig outs, asphalt paving and loop installations. The streets will also be overlaid with a single-layer micro-surfacing, extending the durability of the roads up to 10 years.
The City will be tapping into funds from Measure T, the Citywide Street Preservation Project and SB 1 Funds. The total cost of the program is just under $1.5 million.
As these neighborhoods are adjacent to schools, the Public Works Department plans to complete these improvements during the summer to minimize disruption to normal school traffic. Residents can expect parking limitations from June 20 to July 1, as well as traffic control and street closures from July 5 to July 29.
“We understand that these street closures can be inconvenient for our community members, and we appreciate their ongoing cooperation that allows our department to complete these improvement projects in a safe and timely manner,” commented Public Works Director Clete J. Saunier.
Following the completion of the Street Maintenance Program, the City intends to advance the Harvard Boulevard Improvement Project. On June 15, the City Council awarded the construction contract to Toro Enterprises, Inc. to replace the water and sewer mains, rehabilitate the street and transform the existing pavement to include pedestrian access ramps.
“The City of Santa Paula continues to prioritize infrastructure projects that advance our Economic Development, Infrastructure, Transportation and Mobility goals,” said Santa Paula Mayor Jenny Crosswhite. “Creating an attractive environment and maintaining our pavement are top priorities for many of our residents, and I appreciate staff’s commitment to addressing our community’s needs and doing what they can to extend the longevity of our local sidewalks and roads.”