Finishing of road paving dependent on weather, window may open next week

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Houck Construction crews hurry last Thursday to finish paving the final layer on Molalla Avenue before rain returns.

Crews from Houck Construction, the Salem-based contractor working on Molalla Avenue, are paving the remainder of the base lifts of pavement and doing prep work for the final lift of paving, city Public Works Director Gerald Fisher said Thursday.

The six-block improvement project on Molalla Avenue, one of Molalla's major streets, has been underway in the downtown area since late February 2016.

They need two consecutive dry days to finish that work, and it is weather dependent," Fisher said. "They are watching the weather forecast, and right now there is a possible weather window at the end of next week starting Friday. If needed, they will pave into the weekend. Once they start, they really can't stop until the paving is completed."

If weather conditions improve, the paving may be completed sooner than next Friday, he said.

"As long as they are held up by weather, we will not assess additional liquidated damages," he said.

Liquidated damages are damages designated during the formation of a contract for the injured party to collect as compensation upon a specific breach (e.g., late performance).

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