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Streets Department renews crack-sealing program


Two key Milwaukie neighborhoods get attention this month

Milwaukie’s Streets Department began its crack-sealing program this month to treat more than 5.2 miles of Milwaukie roadway in the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek and Lake Road neighborhoods.

Tby: PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF MILWAUKIE  - Jim Bunting of Milwaukie's Streets Department works in various neighborhoods this month to seal cracks.o protect this infrastructure asset valued at more than $38 million, $65,000 goes to road maintenance annually from the city’s Street Surface Maintenance Program, funded through the Street Utility Fee collected through residents’ monthly utility bills.

Water is the most destructive element to pavement, which makes maintaining streets in the Northwest a challenge. Water enters cracks in the streets, freezes, expands and creates instabilities in the roadway's base. However, with an aggressive and coordinated crack-sealing program, the Streets Department hopes to slow down the deterioration that results from water entering the underlying base and sub-base layers.

City crews use a flexible rubberized asphalt material that bonds to the cracked walls and prevents surface water intrusion. Milwaukie’s Streets Department started sealing streets in the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood the first week of July. Portions of the neighborhood's residential roadways were treated, including Southeast 32nd Avenue between Harrison and Sherrett streets, and Filbert Street between 32nd and 42nd avenues. Crews will move to the Lake Road area and seal 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 35th avenues between Washington Street and a block north of Lake Road. A travel lane will be preserved in the work areas to preserve access.

The street system network was evaluated in 2011 and a condition rating assessment was assigned to each street. Milwaukie is targeting streets that can be sealed to prevent them from deteriorating further and requiring grind and inlay asphalt reconstruction.

If you have any questions, contact Streets Supervisor Kenny Hill at 503-786-7687.