Thanks to an increased budget, the City of Prineville's summer paving projects will cover more ground than usual.
"It's a big year," said City Street Supervisor Scott Smith, "and it's important to note that the city council and budget committee was able to produce a little bit more funding. So we were able to jump our paving budget up significantly."
The road work begins next Wednesday with a small project planned for Lamonta Road.
"We are going to remove the long diagonal Lamonta Road (railroad) crossing," Smith said, adding that crews will remove the rubber portion of the crossing and pave over that portion of road. The track will not be removed because the City of Prineville Railway still utilizes a storage and shop building to the east of the crossing.
The work will close Lamonta Road from Harwood Street to Gardner Road on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the past few summers, the city's public works department has completed several grind and inlay projects in the downtown core and on other primary streets in town. This year, they only plan to do that one on North Main Street from Mariposa Avenue to Peters Road.
"Everything else is just a standard overlay, which is three inches (of asphalt) over existing (road)," Smith said. "We are going to overlay Juniper Street from Third (Street) to Laughlin (Road). We are going to do Northwest Sixth Street going west."
Because Housing Works plans to reconstruct the westernmost portion of Sixth Street, the city will not pave the entire stretch of road to Madras Highway.
Both of those paving projects are expected to take about a day to complete, and Smith expects traffic interruptions to be minimal. Similarly, the grind and inlay project on North Main is not expected to significantly affect traffic.
"We are requiring the contractor to maintain two-way traffic, but with the center turn lane, that works really well," Smith said.
But another, bigger paving project figures to create more traffic challenges. Smith said the city will overlay the entire Crestview subdivision, which is located just west of Meadow Lakes Golf Course.
"That's big," he said of the project. "We have to do something in the Crestview area or we are going to look at a complete reconstruction."
Smith explained that the subdivision was initially under county jurisdiction, and improvements were not made to the roads prior to the city taking it over.
"We have kind of been patching and getting by," he said. "(The overlay) is going to last 12-15 years easy, so it's a big improvement."
While Smith is pleased to be able to complete such a large project, he acknowledges that it will present a unique challenge in terms of vehicle traffic because there is one way in and out of the subdivision.
"We will work together with the contractor and the people and pluck through it and try to get it done as fast as we can," he said.
The timeframe for all of the projects, except the Lamonta Road crossing, have yet to be determined. Bids were opened Wednesday, and in the near future the public works staff will ask the chosen contractor about project timelines. Although project start dates remain unknown, the city has targeted a completion date for all projects of Sept. 30.