Asphalt overlay, patchwork set for Boones Ferry, Borland roads
Summer roadwork in Tualatin is well underway with plans that include either pavement overlay or deep patchwork on Southwest Boones Ferry and Borland roads, as well as the installation of crosswalks and pedestrian signals along those same thoroughfares.
"Boones Ferry Road, we're doing an overlay section just north of Norwood Road and then were going to be overlaying in front of the high school just to the south of Grahams Ferry/Ibach Street," said Bert Olheiser, the city's pavement maintenance manager.
Along with that project, city work crews have completed a portion of asphalt overlaying on Boones Ferry Road from Southwest Arapahoe Road to Mohawk Street, which is near the intersection of Southwest Sagert Street and Boones Ferry Road.
While a substantial portion of the work on Boones Ferry Road, also known as Highway 141, was scheduled to be completed by the end of August, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that a bit.
"It's been a messed-up year with COVID and everything, so we're running a little behind schedule on that," Olheiser admitted. "We anticipate to be overlaying and finishing that section as well about mid-September."
Also, work crews have made Americans with Disabilities Act improvements on Boones Ferry Road in front of Tualatin High School, adding a crosswalk with a pedestrian-activated signal as part of the Tualatin Moving Forward bond project passed by voters in May 2018.
At the same time, the city is gearing up to complete full-depth patchwork on a portion of Borland Road.
"There's a certain area there on Borland Road that's failed quite extensively … going eastbound just in front of (Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center) in the eastbound lane where it's pretty soft," said Olheiser.
That patchwork includes digging down about 12 inches, putting down road fabric, covering it with compact rock and sealing it with eight inches of asphalt, which will run about 300 feet long. It will take care of the worst problems there, Olheiser said.
"We're also going to be doing a couple of smaller patches by 57th Avenue that are starting to fail as well," he said. That roadwork will likely to start in mid-September and last several days as the city plans for its major Borland Road project set for next summer.
"We're going to be overlaying that entire section of roadway and we'll be putting down, probably 2 to 3 inches of new asphalt on that entire section of roadway on Borland Road," Olheiser added, noting the work will include a new asphalt overlay from Wilke Road to 65th Avenue.
The city took over a wide swath of Borland Road, which extends to just east of Southwest Wilke Road, from Clackamas County last year. The county agreed to provide funding for the major overlay project.
Also, work is being completed along Borland Road, also part of the Tualatin Moving Forward bond project, where a mid-block crosswalk has been placed between Southwest 60th and 57th avenues, according to Jeff Fuchs, the city's public works director.
"The project is constructing two new curb ramps, adding crosswalk striping and signs, and adding the pedestrian activated signal to make crossing Borland Road safer," said Fuchs. "Like many of our bond projects, we also took the opportunity to install some sidewalk art created by local artists and stamped into the new concrete."
Last year, artists permanently imprinted four different designs into the concrete sidewalk located past Atfalati Park on Sagert Street, west of Southwest Wampanoag Drive.
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