The City of El Paso has committed to invest more than $210 million in improving the city’s street infrastructure, including street reconstruction and street resurfacing. Built around the belief that streets are more than just asphalt and concrete, the street infrastructure program goes farther by improving parkways and medians, adding pedestrian elements, synchronizing signals, and seeking to address neighborhood traffic concerns using innovative solutions. That includes rehabilitating some streets and fully reconstructing others.
Through the Street Infrastructure Program, the City of El Paso is seeking to build “Complete Streets.” Reconstruction projects include landscape elements, high-quality pedestrian facilities, and – where appropriate – places for cyclists to safely ride. Rather than simply building streets, the city is seeking to develop a comprehensive network of thoroughfares which make neighborhoods better, make El Pasoans safer, and get you where you want to go efficiently.
Street reconstruction projects represent an unprecedented effort at cooperation. The city works with utility companies to make sure they update their infrastructure in the area as we update ours. Additionally, the city aggressively seeks federal and state funding
Street resurfacing typically means providing the roadway with a new asphalt surface. The existing asphalt surface of the road is removed. Asphalt material removed is combined with new asphalt and then the mixture is applied to the surface of the street.
Resurfacing projects often include street repairs or upgrades to curbs, sidewalks and other transportation elements in an effort to improve the community’s multi-modal transportation network. For example: structurally failed curbs and sidewalks may be repaired, minor geometric changes to assist storm water runoff may be performed, and pedestrian paths of travel may be updated to meet current ADA (America with Disabilities Act) standards.
Streets are selected for resurfacing based on their condition. Each road segment in the city has a PCI (Pavement Condition Index) score associated with it. These scores are generated by using a program called Micro Paver which was developed by the Army corps of Engineers for managing pavements. The program uses information gathered about the street such as: quantity and type of cracks, patches, potholes, utility cuts and weathering of the surface to calculate the PCI value.
Streets are then ranked according to this value and logical limits of construction are proposed. Typically streets with the lowest scores are scheduled for resurfacing first, however it is possible for a street to have structural issues that require work beyond the scope of the resurfacing program. These streets are submitted to the Capital Improvement Program.
The number of streets resurfaced annually is based on funding allocated to the resurfacing program. Funding levels are determined during the City’s budget process.
To learn more about our street resurfacing services visit our Pavement Management System page.
Resurfacing is a street rejuvenation process requiring extensive resources and planning.
EPDoT performs routine street maintenance, such as pothole patching, as part of its daily operations.
If you believe your street needs repairs contact us online or by dialing 3-1-1. We will review your requests and make the necessary street repairs.