A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Noted: Some nice new pavement

Written October 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Looking north on Park Terrace on Oct. 14, when the weather was still sunny and dry.

Getting streets maintained and pavement repaired is always an issue in Albany, but not any more on two streets in a leafy neighborhood at the southwest edge of town.

On a bike ride the other day, I noticed that on Lakewood Drive and Park Terrace, for a distance of three-quarters of a mile, the surface had been refreshed with a brand new coat of blacktop. How come, I wondered. And why these streets, when so many in the older parts of town are falling apart without anything happening to fix them?

The answer, it developed, is that Lakewood and Park Terrace, despite having been inside the city limits for decades, are still mostly county roads. The County Road Department considered the pavement to be getting bad and did something about it.

“Both roads have not had a maintenance treatment of any kind since I’ve been employed by Linn County,” Roadmaster Darrin Lane, who was hired in 1995, told me by email. On a scale of zero to 100, the surface was rated less than 20, which meant close to complete failure.

But the substructure was still in decent shape, so after some grinding and a leveling course, a contractor, North Santiam Paving, put on a two-inch layer of asphalt. The cost was $95,922, and of that the city of Albany paid $31,112.

“We felt strongly that we needed to address the pavement surface in this area this year, but we were not in a position to develop a full-blown reconstruction project,” Lane wrote. “Thankfully we were able to partner with the City of Albany and give the area residents an improvement that was cost-effective and should last until a long-term plan to address public infrastructure needs in this area is completed.”

You’ll notice there are no curbs or gutters, and you’ll also see that they’re not needed on these streets. (hh)




7 responses to “Noted: Some nice new pavement”

  1. John Hartman says:

    Sounds like a case of Pavement Envy.

    • hj.annoy1 says:

      Almost chocked on my triple cheese and bean chalupacabra reading your comment “JH”.

      Well done!

  2. Richard Kay says:

    Try driving around the corner to Fir Oaks Drive. It really isn’t a cobblestone street even if it looks like it. Long over due for repair or replacement. Surface is disintegrating almost the entire length starting at 29th.

  3. Micheal Thornton says:

    The road in front of our house (Bradley St SE) was crumbling to pieces 2 years ago (it had been deteriorating for years), they finally sent in a crew to re-pave it. The road is less than a block long, but they only paved 3/4 of the width. Now the road is beginning to crumble again already. Ridiculous.

  4. tom cordier says:

    My brother-in-law lives in a new development in upstate NY where there are many on hilly former farmland. All services including: ng, power, water, sewers, and storm sewers are underground. There are no gutters or sidewalks–really easy to walk/bike the areas. Substantial savings were provided by eliminating curbs/gutters. Albany should adopt a revised plan–concrete is very expensive and takes copious amounts of energy,

  5. Zayne Underwood says:

    I sit in my living room and feel every vehicle that bumps over the pothole ridden screaming asphalt on Hill Street SE as my living room shakes from the foundation of my home! Pondering what unforeseen damage is happening here? City says 2019 its on the schedule….So lets “Shake rattle and Roll”


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