Round Rock to use new kind of asphalt for neighborhood street project

Williamson County

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The streets in the Bent Tree neighborhood have seen much better days, but the city announced that upgrades are coming soon. 

This week the Round Rock City Council approved a contract worth $301,399 with Kansas-based Andale Construction to lay a newly developed type of asphalt overlay throughout the neighborhood. The product that crews will apply is called high-density mineral bond, and it’s supposed to be more durable and last much longer. The contractor compares it to an armor-like shell that goes onto the asphalt and keeps it from cracking as much. 

City officials said the asphalt overlay will only take 24 hours to dry once it’s applied, so the entire project should last about 30 days when it starts in November. 

Ashley Dolieslager said her four active boys will enjoy having much smoother streets throughout their neighborhood when the project is complete. “We don’t have to worry about them going over any bumps or potholes or anything like that,” Dolieslager said, “but I think it’ll just make them want to be outside more if the roads are nicer and look better.” 

Amanda Seaman, another mother in the same neighborhood, agreed. “I’m excited for our neighborhood to get something cutting edge, state of the art that should last a long time,” she said. 

An employee with Andale Construction told KXAN the company has laid down the material in several other Texas cities, including McAllen, Midland and Seguin. 

The improvements to roads in the Bent Tree neighborhood in northwest Round Rock are part of a larger effort to repair and preserve residential streets throughout the city. In July, the city council hired Lone Star Materials to make various curb, gutter, sidewalk, driveway and pavement repairs in the following neighborhoods: Eagle Ridge/Eagles Next, Settlement/Sunrise Vista, Sunrise Park/Mesa Park and Egger Acres. The city expects all those projects to begin this fall. 

A city spokesman said the city is spending about $3 million this fiscal year on street maintenance projects. 

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