Overlay Paving Projects
The City of Vancouver has more than 1,800 lanes miles of streets, and each year, the City of Vancouver evaluates half of those paved streets to determine where resurfacing could go the farthest in extending the life of the street, using the resources that are available.
Check back here soon to view the list of streets scheduled for pavement overlay as part of the 2016 Pavement Management program.
Phase 1 – Curb Ramps
Preparations begin for the annual summer paving projects with curb ramp work along streets slated for overlay paving. This first phase of construction involves installing new or reconstructing identified pedestrian ramps to bring those corners up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required standards. This occurs several months prior to actual paving work. Click here to learn more about the City's annual curb ramp program.
Phase 2 – Pre-paving Preparations
In the second phase, crews will repair pavement by removing the most badly damaged areas and rebuilding those pavement sections. This is followed by pre-leveling of low areas where needed.
Phase 3 – Grinding and Paving
The third phase involves the actual grinding and paving of the street surface. Please remember that all paving is highly dependent upon weather and construction conditions.
Phase 4 – Striping and Finishing
Following paving, crews restripe streets and complete any finishing work, such as replacing speed cushions and signal detection loops.
What is an Overlay?
Overlays are a mixture of coarse rock and asphalt, about two inches or more in depth that provide additional load carrying capacity and a smoother ride. One major consideration of resurfacing streets is the ability to coordinate that needed work with other street, water, sewer and underground utility improvements. For example, the City often maximizes available dollars by scheduling overlay as a final step in various water/sewer repair work and Sewer Connection Incentive Program (SCIP) projects.
What to Expect Prior to Paving?
In most cases, residences and businesses fronting impacted streets receive door hanger notices in advance of paving. Within construction zones, drivers are asked to be prepared for delays, watch for traffic changes, proceed slowly, and be alert to construction workers, bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. Regardless of the type, all paving applications are highly weather dependent.
Construction hours are typically from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, though work may continue as late as 8 p.m. if needed. All paving applications are highly weather dependent.In case of rain, paving must be postponed and rescheduled.
The first phase of work includes reconstruction of pedestrian ramps to bring those corners up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required standards and any modifications to traffic signals. Then pre-paving repairs are done on the most badly damaged areas by excavating below the existing pavement and replacement of base materials. Finally, work continues with grinding, followed by actual paving. Crews finish up with restriping the streets.
Construction questions during summer street work:
Department of Public Works
(7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
Overlay ADA Curb Ramp Work Areas (517 KB)
2015 Overlay Project Map (1 MB)