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Streets of National City due for a change Allison K. Sampite | Sat, Sep 11 2010 12:00 PM

A National City street resurfacing project that will cost at least $25 million is nearly half complete. The development services department/engineering division for the city presented an update on its progress at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

The project began Aug. 10 and will create new ADA pedestrian ramps on streets receiving overlays, repair and replace missing curbs, gutters and sidewalks on all resurfaced streets and remove damaged and overly worn asphalt. It is set for completion Oct. 30.

Four years ago the city put together a seven- to 10-year plan to complete all resurfacing of city streets.

"We've done $12 million worth over the last three years," National City Mayor Ron Morrison said. It is currently on its third phase, which is scheduled to last 12 weeks and is currently in the five-week stage.

The contract created a special schedule around school operating hours for work on 18th Street between Highland Avenue and D Street. National City public outreach notices will be hand delivered to each residence or business near the construction one week prior to beginning work.

After the repairs are complete, residential streets will receive a Type II slurry surface with latex additive for a longer life expectancy and commercial streets will receive an AHRAM rubberized asphalt overlay for quieter, longer-lasting major roadways.

Once resurfacing and repairs are complete the city will replace all striping and markings with new striping with reflective glass beads and thermoplastic markings plus new traffic signal loops at all signalized intersections.

Morrison said that most of the streets haven't been reworked in 15 to 20 years.

Within about one year, construction will begin on Eighth Street, which is one of the bigger projects.

In other news the City Council also recognized police Sgt. Julian L. Villagomez for his 20 years of service to the city of National City.

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