New paving may not sound like an earthshaking development, but during these Days of Corona, if something has nothing to do with the virus it should be worth at least a brief look.
In this case, North Santiam Paving of Stayton is putting down smooth new asphalt on sections of Albany’s Water and Front avenues. These streets and others were torn up last year by the excavations necessary for the construction of a 1.3-mile, 30-inch-diameter sewer main.
After the pipe was put in and the trench filled, the contractor, Pacific Excavation, covered the diggings with a temporary lawyer of cold mix or something, which quickly developed holes. This prompted one reader of hh-today to ask if Front Avenue was going to be properly repaved once the work was done.
The answer was yes, repaving was part of the $7.2 million construction contract for the sewer main and the associated pump station near Water and Montgomery Street.
That repaving is now being accomplished. And from the looks of it, when it’s done, those old streets will have never been this smooth before, not even when Water was repaved a few years ago. (hh)