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Grind and inlay, overlays, seal coating and crack sealing projects planned through September

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Grind and inlay, overlays, seal coating and crack sealing projects are planned through September.

City of Prineville public works is gearing up for its annual street improvement projects, which are scheduled to begin next week.

Street Supervisor Scott Smith said about $650,000 worth of work is planned through the remainder of the summer, featuring a variety of improvements in different parts of town.

"I put four components into the program this year," he said. "We are gong to do some grind and inlay, some standard pavement overlay, some seal coating and some crack sealing."

Redmond-based Tri-County Paving won the bid for the work, and the company will start with grind and inlay work next Tuesday. Streets scheduled for that work include Northeast Fourth Street from Deer Street to Main Street and Belknap, Court, Dunham and Elm streets between East First and Southeast Fifth streets.

In addition, grind and inlay repairs are planned for Northeast Elm Street between Second and Third streets, from Third Street to where paving on the new bridge over Ochoco Creek begins and from the other side of the bridge to Sixth Street. Also, one other portion of Northeast Fourth Street will receive grind and inlay work between Court and Elm streets.

"Once we are done with that, we will change the angle on the diagonal parking," Smith said of the stretch of road behind city hall. The restriping is addressing concerns about large vehicles sticking too far out into the road while parked.

The grind and inlay work is expected to take about a week to complete. Once it is finished, crews will move on to standard 2-inch overlay in the Northridge Subdivision. All non-curbed portions of streets such as Yellowpine and Sugarpine will receive a new layer of asphalt. The work is scheduled to begin on July 27.

The remainder of the road work, which includes seal coating and crack sealing, won't begin until sometime in September. The city will seal coat the entire IronHorse 2 subdivision, which is accessed via Northeast Wayfinder Drive.

"The roads don't have that much age on them – 10 to 12 years. They are in pretty good shape," Smith said. "The seal coat is kind of like putting a new coat of paint on your house, so that should protect those streets for another five to six years."

After seal coating, the city will conclude its road work with about $40,000 worth of crack sealing. Crews will work on portions of IronHorse 2 in front of the seal coat work as well as South Main Street and streets in Prineville's downtown core. Once completed, the city will have sealed about 15 miles of road.

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