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A competitive bid means a few more Woodburn street improvements are in the works than originally anticipated

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - A streets current condition and the amount and type of traffic it serves are among the factors Woodburn Public Works use when prioritizing annual street improvement schedules.A competitive construction bidding climate means more Woodburn streets will get maintenance work this spring than what were originally projected.

Pavement maintenance will begin around May 25 with Country Club Road, E. Lincoln Street, Hardcastle Avenue, Settlemier Avenue, N. Boones Ferry Road, Brown Street, Progress Way, Young Street and Brown Court all scheduled for repair work. That work includes the replacement of deteriorated pavement, the construction of asphaltic concrete overlays and the preservation of existing roadways. PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Young Street is among the Woodburn streets scheduled for maintenance improvements this year.

During its May 13 meeting, Woodburn City Council approved funding for the work, which was estimated by street engineers to cost $678,081.20. The city received six bids for the project, four of which were below that estimate.

The lowest bidder, Knife River, received the contract with a bit of $518,888.45. Consequently, more streets will be improved.

"Due to the lower than anticipated bids for this project, the council also authorized up to an additional $175,000 in change orders for this project for additional pavement maintenance activities," Woodburn Public Works Director Eric Liljequist said.

Liljequist said Quinn Road will be paved between Country Club Road and Princeton Road, while additional crack sealing and additional asphaltic concrete pavement repairs will take place at various locations throughout the city.

The work will likely take place through the end of July, although it could extend through the balance of the summer.

"This contract will be completed before the end of this summer," Liljequist said. "I will know more detailed information after we receive back all required submittals, insurance and bonding documents and have the preconstruction conference."

Woodburn Public Works prioritizes streets for maintenance through regular evaluations, while using a pavement management software program called "StreetSaver." The software provides a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for every street within the city.

PCIs can range from 0 to 100: streets rated between 85 to 100 are considered to be in excellent condition; 70-85 are very good; 60-70 good; 50-60 fair; 25-50 poor to marginal; 0-25 very poor, with structural failures, rutting and excessive cracking.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - A streets current condition and the amount and type of traffic it serves are among the factors Woodburn Public Works use when prioritizing annual street improvement schedules.

In addition to a street's current condition, other factors involved with prioritizing street improvements include type and volume of traffic, slope, utility installations, proposed development, capital improvement projects and overall cost effectiveness for the city.

Among the streets designated for repair work this year, Country Club, Lincoln, Hardcastle, Settlemier, Boones Ferry and Brown all stand to receive asphalt concrete pavement repairs. Boones Ferry, Country Club, Progress, Young and Brown will also receive crack sealing.


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