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Sealant and various improvement projects begin July 27 and will persist into September.

A number of Forest Grove city streets will be under construction over the next two weeks as part of the city's annual summer street projects.

The work began this past Monday, July 27, will continue through Sept. 18, and will entail street sealing, annual pavement overlay and curb ramp improvements, along with widening and landscaping projects across various areas of downtown.

COURTESY PHOTO - Map of sealant projects in Forest Grove.As part of the city's Annual Street Sealing Program, roughly a dozen streets will be addressed, beginning this past Monday and occurring daily through Aug. 6. Water intrusion into streets and temperature variations that cause freezing and thawing below the surface will deteriorate the subsurface of a street and will eventually lead to surface cracking and potholes. Potholes are filled in as they occur, but only regularly scheduled maintenance to seal a street will prevent water intrusion and its damaging effects.

The pavement overlay and curb ramp improvements are designed to bring current curb ramps that do not comply with the latest ADA guidelines into compliance. Curb ramp improvements began this week and the pavement overlays will be scheduled after curb ramp completion. Ramp improvements are scheduled for Hawthorne Street, Valley Crest Way, and Pacific Avenue at Elm Street.

Specific dates of construction can be found on the City of Forest Grove's website.

Extensive work is also being done at 19th Avenue from C Street to D Street, which will include a 44-foot wide roadway with parking, sidewalks, landscape strips, curbs and drainage.

COURTESY PHOTO - Map of projects in Forest Grove.Also, near the Safeway on Pacific Avenue, the street will be improved to include a raised center median with a mid-street refuge area for pedestrians crossing in the vicinity of Safeway and Goodwill. Work will include relocation of the crosswalk, replacement of the current ineffective overhead beacons with more modern rapid flashing beacons, and some minor lane configuration to accommodate the proposed new raised median. Work is expected to begin early September.

Questions regarding the construction can be directed to city engineering at (503) 992-3228.


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