The Town of Estes Park maintains around 59 centerline miles of paved streets. A successful pavement management program utilizes a variety of techniques that not only repairs pavement surfaces that have deteriorated, but more importantly maintains road way segments that are in good condition. Public Works now manages the street network of Estes Park with a computer-based program called PAVER™. This Windows-based program is a powerful tool in managing our pavements. A pavement management system uses engineering technology to determine when, where, and how to best maintain roadways. It provides the needed leverage to preserve the infrastructure investment. PAVER™ assists the Engineering Division in organizing, planning and budgeting for pavement maintenance. It offers prediction modeling and analysis for long term future control of all pavement management aspects.
2020 Street Improvement Program
2020 Chip & Crack Seal Program
The 2020 Chip & Crack Seal Program was awarded to Vance Brothers, Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Crack Seal work is planned to begin June 29 and Chip Seal work is planned to begin after the 4th of July weekend.
This work consists of applying hot asphalt sealant to roadway cracks, effectively preventing water from penetrating the road surface and creating potholes.
Chip seals apply crushed aggregate "chips" over emulsified asphaltic oil. The oil seals the underlying surface from water penetration while the chips provide a new wearing surface for traffic. Chip seals have proven to be a very cost-effective method of maintaining local roadways. The roads that received a chip seal treatment in 2020 are:
- Acacia Drive
- Aspen Avenue
- Bradley Lane
- Fall River Lane
- Heinz Parkway
- Highland Lane
- Highview Court
- Marcus Lane
- Meadow Circle
- Otis Lane
- Ponderosa Drive
- Sunrise Lane
- Uplands Circle
- Woodland Court
2020 Overlay & Patching Program
The 2020 Overlay & Patching Program was awarded to Coulson Excavating Co., Inc. of Loveland, CO. Work is expected to begin at the end of June, with completion anticipated for the end of August. This program consists of overlaying or removing existing asphalt and replacing it with a new asphalt surface, as well as replacing concrete curb, gutter, and driveway connections. Davis Parking Lot on Moraine Avenue (US 36) will be repaved and restriped as a part of this program, and numerous roads throughout Town will receive overlay or patching improvements. This program is not expected to result in any full road closures, but lane closures and local detours will be necessary to complete the work.
Pavement Management Plan
2024 Pavement Management Plan
At the February 23, 2016 Town Board study session, Public Works presented the 2024 Street Improvement Program. This program was developed with the assistance of a piece of software called PAVER which uses a variety of tools to help decide the best treatments for each road at the right time. By utilizing a blend of preventative maintenance (crack sealing, pothole patching, seal coats) and structural work (overlay, mill and overlay, reconstruction), Public Works intends to reverse the downward trend of our road conditions. The charts below show the budget distribution of the 1A tax dollars in this program, and how the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of Estes Parks roads will increase from a value of 65 in 2016 to a value of 73 2024.
View the 2024 STIP presentation from the February 23, 2016 Town Board Study Session (Specific work shown is conceptual only, and subject to change based on various factors)
Maintenance and Repair
Preventative maintenance is a huge part of the 2024 STIP plan and is defined as a planned strategy of cost-effective treatments to an existing roadway system and its appurtenances that preserves the system, retards future deterioration, and maintains or improves the functional condition of the system (without significantly increasing the structural capacity). Preventative maintenance keeps good roads in good shape and, as the table below indicates, keeps costs form maintenance down.
Water is the most destructive element to our pavements, and most of the treatments and techniques utilized are designed to address this issue. Cracks in pavements allow moisture to penetrate the surface which causes pavement material failure. Failure to seal cracks results in further cracking, potholes and eventually a major pavement breakdown, leading to unnecessary expensive repairs. Below, are some of the treatments and techniques that Public Works uses to treat our roads. For information on pothole repair, visit our Pothole Patching Page.
Pavement Treatments & Techniques
Cracks are sealed with a hot polymer/rubberized liquid asphalt to minimize water infiltrating the pavement base. Crack sealing is an extremely economical way of maintaining pavements. It is very cheap and effective when compared to undertaking other more extensive work such as resurfacing and reconstruction.
Chip sealing is the application of crushed aggregate or gravel (chips) over an emulsified asphaltic oil. The oil seals the street from water penetration while the chips provide a wearing surface for traffic. Chip sealing is a preventive maintenance treatment that rejuvenates old asphalt and creates a new riding surface.
Slurry sealing is the application of emulsified asphalt (a mixture made from oil and fine sand aggregate) to an existing pavement. This treatment also seals the street from water penetration. Slurry sealing is a preventive maintenance treatment that extends the life of pavement while providing a smooth new riding surface.
An asphalt overlay generally consists of placing a new layer of asphalt pavement material over and existing pavement. Preparatory work such as asphalt patching, edge milling and utility adjustments should be completed prior to any overlay work. Overlays are less expensive than complete street reconstruction and result in smoother and stronger pavement.