Though for the majority of residents and commuters, the most visible road construction project in the area this summer will be the Woodburn Interchange, it is not the only one.

In fact, street maintenance activities by the Woodburn Public Works Department and associated contractors will soon be under way in local neighborhoods. The Woodburn City Council awarded the initial resurfacing contract to Salem Road & Driveway last month for the low bid of approximately $480,000.

The project breaks down as follows:

u A single-application chip seal (a street maintenance method involving the application of emulsified liquid asphalt, crushed aggregate and a top coat called a “fog seal”) will be applied to East Lincoln Street, Leasure Street, Mayanna Drive, Princeton Road and portions of North Settlemier Avenue and Astor Way.

u A multiple-application chip seal (same process, repeated several times and usually used on gravel roads to improve drivability and drainage) will be applied to Ogle Street, along with 4-foot crushed-rock shoulders on both sides. According to the city, the goal of this work is to improve the existing driving surface and reduce future maintenance costs without disrupting the current driving patterns.

u A hot mixed asphalt will be applied to Grant Street and Country Club Court. This method of street maintenance is used on roads that have deteriorated and are beyond minor repairs. It involves the grinding, removal and replacement of the top 2 inches of the driving surface.

u Crack sealing will be applied to Dahlia Street, Vine Street, Tulip Avenue, Pana Street, Foxglove Street, Country Lane and Bridlewood Lane.

According to a release from the city, work by Salem Road & Driveway was expected to begin this week and be completed by the end of June, weather permitting. Traffic delays are expected at various stages of the resurfacing project, with residents and business owners in the affected areas being notified with more specific information about the planned work.

The resurfacing project is part of the pavement preventative maintenance program first implemented by the city in 2011.

“The city’s strategy is to extend the service life of our streets that have not yet failed, which buys time in keeping our system functioning,” the release said. “The chip seal preventive maintenance program has not been popular with some of our residents, but it is a means to extend the service life of our streets and to provide an equitable level of street maintenance within the entire community.”

For more information, contact Duane Barrick, Woodburn Engineering Division, at 503-980-2408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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