Kenthorpe paving project nearing completion
About two weeks after major construction work began on the Kenthorpe Way repaving project — resulting in the closure of the entire street during certain times — the City of West Linn and contractor S2 are driving closer to the finish line.
"Last week, they finished with the base layer of paving for the east end of the street, and they started pulverizing and grinding the west end," West Linn Citizen Engagement Coordinator Courtney Flynn said.
"(Oct. 2) they did cement-based treatment on the west side of the road, including Old River Drive."
Weather permitting, a base layer of paving was to be completed Oct. 3 on the west side of the street — thus leaving the entire street ready for a final top layer of paving.
"Once they're done with the base, they can move forward with driveway preparations and then the top layer," Flynn said.
"Paving on Kenthorpe and Old River Road is expected to complete sometime this week. Once the final paving is complete, the roads will be open to vehicle traffic."
She added that work on driveways and clean-up will continue beyond the final day of paving.
The City planned to completely redo the dead-end street in keeping with an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that was part of the recently completed Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership (LOT) project. The majority of the funding for that effort came from Lake Oswego and Tigard. In July, the West Linn City Council voted unanimously to approve a $852,181 contract for the Kenthorpe paving project and a number of other projects included in the 2017 Road Improvement program.
At that meeting and during a subsequent town hall held at the Robinwood Station Aug. 23, residents expressed frustrations and concerns with the prospect of the street being completely closed during portions of the project.
The City said that the narrow width of the road put constraints on construction methods and that partial closures to allow for some traffic were untenable.
To accommodate those with special needs, like urgent medical appointments, the City provided a golf cart that was operated at times by West Linn city councilors.
"We've had a shuttle every day that the road has been closed," Flynn said. "Some (people) have called for scheduled appointments with the shuttle, and also if it's out, some people are flagging it down and saying, 'Can you take me to my car?' We've been accommodating and I haven't heard any negative feedback on my end."
Flynn said that as of Monday, the road had been completely closed for a total of three days, and partially closed on several other days.