Pave Portland streets now, smooth driving later

A road construction crew in Portland, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A road construction crew in Portland, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 100 miles of Portland streets will be repaved this summer beginning July 1.

With that construction comes road blocks, detours and traffic delays.

Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick said the inconvenience will be worth it in the long run.

“Maintaining our roads is a lot like maintaining your car,” he said. “You want to do the little things along the way to spend less on the big things later on.”

Mayor Charlie Hales said the road maintenance project will bring needed upgrades to the city’s streets.

“The bad news is it’s going to be a little trickier to get around the streets of the city this summer and for the next summers to come,” he said. “But the good news is the reason for that is the city of Portland is investing more in the maintenance and repair of our streets.”

This phase of the project comes with a $25 million price tag, but city leaders are working to cut costs. They’re using a fog seal to protect roads from the elements — a less expensive upgrade that allows officials to do less grinding and paving.

Among the major roadways where construction and improvements are slated are SE Stark from 82nd to 122nd, NE Glisan from 67th to 82nd and SE Belmont from 12th to 27th.

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