A large road preservation project for the summer began today.

Torrance Public Works crews were busy in the 1300 block of El Prado Avenue, the 3500 block of Sara Drive and the 20700 block of Toluca Avenue for the Slurry Seal Project, which is an ongoing preservation treatment for asphalt paved roadways throughout the City.

The first step in the process is for crews to begin repairs to prep for the slurry seal. Crews removed and replaced asphalt due to problems caused by tree roots. Once this is done, the slurry seal – a mixture of liquid, asphalt and sand – is thinly applied to the surface of asphalt roads.

An average of 3 million square feet of residential streets in three to five neighborhoods are slurry sealed each year. It is known to be one of the most versatile and cost-effective methods of maintaining the roads.