Real. Texas. Roads.

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Real. Texas. Roads. is the program name for the road repairs funded by the $125 million bond sale approved by voters in November 2015. Repairs under this program are limited to residential, 2-lane roadways. To learn more about the bond election, click here.      

Construction Status

After streets are approved by City Council for rehabilitation under the Real. Texas. Roads. program, you can view the status of each street in the below map. The list below show all streets in an active stage of construction. If your street has not yet been selected for repair, read the Selection Process section below to see how future streets are chosen. To determine who to contact for a particular street, click on the street in the map and the inspector's name and contact information will pop-up. The rehabilitation method for each street is tailored specifically to that street and can involve many steps. Read below for a brief explanation of what each step involves and what main steps are typically associated with each rehabilitation method.

Click on a street below to get real-time status updates of streets that have been selected to be repaired under the Real. Texas. Roads. Program. To view a full screen map, click here. You can also get contact information for the inspector on a particular street by clicking on the street. 

Rehabilitation Methods

The City utilizes a variety of repair methods and each street is looked at to determine the correct repair method. The specific repair method is chosen by considering various factors, including traffic volume, pavement condition index (PCI), rideability, existing surface type, drainage issues, etc. and by using the knowledge and experience of staff members. Each method can include many steps and the following diagram shows the typical sequence of construction for each method. Each step is explained in detail below.


Construction Steps

  • Selected for Repair Streets in this phase have been approved by council to be repaired in the Real. Texas. Roads. program. The council will approve a list of streets each year for repair in the upcoming year.
  • Pavement Lifting Concrete pavement lifting and leveling is achieved by injecting polyurethane material under pavement. The lifting process raises sunken street segments, levels the street and corrects drainage problems. Click here to view an excellent video showing the concept of pavement lifting.
  • Surface Reconstruction There are two main parts involved in the surface reconstruction step: 1) Milling and 2) Surface Reconstruction. Milling of a street means that a machine will pass through the street and scrape off the top layer. After the milling is complete, the contractor will begin to place rebar on the surface. After the reinforcing is laid, a new, thin concrete surface will be placed. Watch the videos here to learn more. English and Spanish
  • Asphalt Pavement Reclamation is for use on existing asphalt streets and involves pulverizing the existing asphalt surface into small pieces and then mixing the pulverized asphalt, base material and a stabilizer (lime, cement or both) to create a new stabilized sub-base. After the base material is prepared, a new layer of asphalt is placed on top.
  • Asphalt Overlay is the placement of 1”-2” new layer of asphalt placed over the existing pavement surface. This can be done over existing concrete or asphalt streets.
  • Remove and Replace Street is a complete demolition and rebuild of a street. The paving surface will be determined during design and based on costs. All curb and gutter and sidewalk is expected to be replaced. This method requires full design and use of outside design consultants.
  • Seal coat treatment is the application of a very thin, protective layer designed to keep water and sun from deteriorating the asphalt.
  • Localized concrete repair is full-depth replacement at select areas. The localized full-depth repair can be as small as a 3’x3’ area or a much longer stretch of pavement.

What About My Street? – Selection Process

The Real. Texas. Roads. funds can only be spent on 2-lane residential streets. The City is focusing on streets that are Grade 4 as defined by the pavement condition index. Streets are assessed periodically to determine a pavement condition index and if that index is 55 or less, the street is considered a poor street and assigned a Grade of 4. Click here to view a map of streets and their latest pavement condition rating.

The streets selected for repair are done so through a data-driven process that evaluates several factors including pavement condition, the "bumpiness" of the road, safety concerns and traffic volume. All residential streets are evaluated every time an analysis is completed. Streets are grouped together and the overall group priority is evaluated in order to select the next round. Grouping of streets is done in order to increase construction efficiency and reduce overall construction costs.

Staff prepares a recommendation of the next round of streets to be rehabilitated based on the data-driven selection process. City council makes the final approval for the next streets to be focused on. The first three years of streets have already been selected and approved by City Council. Staff anticipates to take the next round of recommendations to City Council in Spring 2019 and plans to recommend areas to focus on for the next 2-3 years. For questions regarding how streets are selected and the analysis process used, please contact Christina Hickey, PE at 972-216-6432 or through email

For immediate repair needs or for streets not already selected for the Real. Texas. Roads. program, residents should contact the Streets Division by calling 972-216-6282.

Real. Texas. Roads. Major Milestones

  • Present – Construction on the third-year list of streets is underway and will continue until finished, expected Fall 2019. Engineering is working toward identifying the fourth-year list of streets and will present to City Council in Spring/Summer 2019. 
  • August 2018 – The Final Engineering Review Report on the methods being used for the reconstruction was presented to Council on August 6. Council approved moving forward with rehabilitation of the third year of streets.
    Click here to watch the presentation to City Council
    Click here to read the full Engineering Report
  • May 2018 – The third group of streets to be repaired as part of the Real. Texas. Roads. program were approved by Council
  • September 2016 – The second group of streets to be repaired as part of the Real. Texas. Roads. program were approved by Council
  • March 2016 – Council breaks ground for on the first set of streets to be repaired as part of the Real. Texas. Roads. program.
  • January 2016 – The first group of streets to be repaired as part of the Real. Texas. Roads. program were approved by Council
  • November 2015 – Mesquite voters approve the sale of $125 million dollars to be used for two-lane residential roads that are in poor condition.

If you have any questions about this program or you notice a problem with a street or alley, please use this link: Request for Street Services to report it, or call 972-216-6282.