Council notes: Wilsonville negotiates replacement of road panels
In the Willamette Water Supply System's work to build a water pipeline from the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant in Wilsonville to Hillsboro, the entity will replace sections of a major thoroughfare that has been significantly damaged.
It is doing so as part of a revised ground-lease agreement with the city of Wilsonville in which the water supply program has agreed to complete certain maintenance projects, in part to offset the inconvenience of having a pipeline built through town. In total, 145,000 square feet of the concrete road surface will be replaced along Southwest 95th Avenue between Boeckman Road and Ridder roads — which already will experience construction via the pipe project.
"I really appreciate the strategy that went into this proposed change. I think it's a very efficient way to address an important need for that road," Mayor Julie Fitzgerald said at a work session Monday, Sept. 20.
According to Capital Projects Manager Zachary Weigel, many of the concrete road panels in this vicinity were cracked. He added that the section between Boeckman Road and Hillman Court was especially damaged. The City Council meeting packet described the need for replacement as urgent.
"There's some where the panels are almost completely gone. It's not dangerous to drive. The public works department has been making temporary repairs until the pipeline comes through and the final replacement can happen," Weigel said in an interview.
Fitzgerald asked Capital Projects Manager Zachary Weigel why the panels had been damaged so significantly. Weigel said this may have been because of their design. However, he elaborated in the interview that the city wasn't exactly sure why the panels had failed.
"We haven't done an analysis as to why that section is experiencing failure where the other sections are not as deteriorated," he said. "The new concrete section that replaces it will meet our current public works standards."
Weigel added that the city hasn't noticed as significant damage on other concrete roads in town and that the city completes repairs regularly through its street maintenance program.
New Memorial Park bathrooms
Wilsonville City Council approved the replacement of bathrooms at Memorial Park during the Sept. 20 meeting. The new facility will include six individually enclosed all-gender bathrooms, which the city said follows its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The city also said the project is a response to increased usage at the park and will make it so groups don't have to rent portable restrooms for heavy-traffic events. The project is slated to cost $475,000.
"Memorial Park's current central restroom facility was built in the 1990s. At this time the park had a more passive use and the restroom adequately accommodated the needs of the community user groups. As usage patterns shifted over time, Memorial Park has become a major hub in the region for athletics of all types. Softball, baseball, football and soccer teams can all be seen routinely using the space," the city's meeting packet reads. "The busiest seasons around the central restroom are the spring, summer and fall. In 2019, it is calculated that over 105,000 users were in Memorial Park for organized sporting activities alone."
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