With increased street fees in effect, 14 repair projects planned for 2014

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - With a pavement condition index rating of 6 out of 100, the cul-de-sac near Century Lane and Lowry Drive is the most damaged street on the list of repairs for 2014.When the West Linn City Council approved a street maintenance fee increase in August of 2013, it was understood the brunt of the extra charges would be leveled during fiscal year 2014.

Starting in September, fees increased by 75 percent from $5.89 to $10.31 per month, the hope being that increased funding would help raise West Linn’s pavement condition index (PCI) from a “fair” 61 to a “very functional” 70 or higher.

Now, with the 2013 road program complete, the public works department has laid out plans for its 2014 repair work. In a presentation to the city council Feb. 3, Public Works Director Lance Calvert detailed the thought process behind the lineup of street repairs.

“There’s a lot of variety in the condition of streets out there,” Calvert said. “And what we’ve tried to do is balance the road program each year, and pull in a number of streets that are essentially in failing condition to get them to ‘like new’ condition. ... In addition to that, any streets in pretty good shape that need something like a slurry seal ... we’ll do that.”

To that end, the projects on tap for the 2014 road program range from a woeful 6 PCI (the Century Lane cul-de-sac) to a less urgent 67 (Parkside Court).

In all, the 2014 program includes 14 projects on 12 different streets, with the majority of the work taking place in the Willamette and Bolton neighborhoods. This year, according to Calvert, the city will work to expand and improve its communication to residents regarding the project timeline.

“We have a pretty significant outreach program planned this year,” Calvert said. “One of the things we’ll be adding is an informational sign to let people know that the roads will be worked on. ... The plan is to put those out along streets we’ll be working on before projects start.”

The extra funding from the 75 percent fee increase likely won’t be used until 2015, when a total of 22 projects are slated for completion.

The city’s ultimate goal of enhancing its PCI rating will be measured every other year by a third party. The next assessment will take place in 2015.

To learn more about the street maintenance plan or download a map of upcoming projects, visit

By Patrick Malee
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