Northwest Pavement Management Association identifies Oregon City's street work as best in region

On Oct. 18, the Northwest Pavement Management Association named Oregon City's street work as the best in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: PAM HARRIS - Matt Powlison, Oregon City street operations supervisor, accepts the Pavement Manager of the Year award from the Northwest Pavement Management Association Chair Matt Powlison (left) on Oct. 18 as City Manager Tony Konkol looks on.Oregon City Streets Operations Supervisor Matt Powlison has received the organization's Pavement Manager of the Year award. OREGON CITY  - Streets Operations Supervisor Matt PowlisonThe city also won the management association's public-works project of the year, in the environmental category under $5 million, for the $371,000 project to replace the waterline on the McLoughlin Bluff next to Highway 99E this summer.

Powlison said he was surprised to learn of the nomination and was "completely humbled and speechless" to win the award.

"This is a prestigious award, kind of like the hall of fame for a pavement manager, and I don't take it lightly," he said. "I really enjoy a challenge, and with the age and condition of Oregon City's street network, it has been quite rewarding over the years using different pavement management tools to stretch public dollars and improve our infrastructure."

Powlison oversees six full-time regular staff and four or five seasonal staff members in the summer. Oregon City has a smaller pavement machine and coordinates work with consultants and outside contractors. Powlison also is responsible for signs, signals, striping and winter-weather response.

"It's amazing how few complaints we get, considering how much work we do during the summer trying to maintain our pavement," said City Manager Tony Konkol.

Oregon City's Pavement Maintenance Utility Fee brings in more than $2.25 million annually, and the city's pavement quality has since risen to the top 5 percent of cities of its size. In 2008, the City Commission approved an ordinance establishing the fee.

"We've been able to take our pavement condition index, which was at 60 in 2011, up to 76 today," Konkol said.

Konkol said that Powlison's performance in juggling all the various aspects of his public works far exceeds his job description.

"The public-works group at Oregon City is top-notch and I am thankful to be on the team," Powlison said. "The support I receive from the City Commission, managers, and staff has allowed me the freedom to be successful."

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