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City to begin nighttime downtown paving project

Before Milwaukie began sidewalk work Aug. 28 for completely repaving five blocks of Main Street, city officials asked the public for ideas on how to manage their next project — reconstructing Harrison Street.

Now that the city installed new pipes and TriMet made the intersection ready for light rail, engineers have their sights on Harrison between McLoughlin Boulevard and Campbell Street for mid-September, after the Main Street work is completed.

Harrison will be reconstructed, which requires removing the top layers of the roadway, laying a 6-inch cement-treated base and repaving with new asphalt. Although this process will create more dust than is typical, it’s expected to decrease construction time, traffic and vibration.

After asking for neighborhood feedback, Milwaukie engineer Brad Albert, the manager of both projects, this week confirmed a daytime schedule for Harrison Street currently set for Sept. 16 through Oct. 4. He had been considering nighttime work schedule for Harrison as well as Main Street.

“Staff is still looking for ways to minimize impacts to both business and residents when possible, which could include working outside designated construction hours,” wrote Albert to neighbors earlier this summer.

After receiving complaints from businesses about construction effects during working hours, city officials decided to work on Main Street from Scott to Washington streets between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. In June, Milwaukie’s Engineering Department had talked with downtown business owners to better understand how to reduce the impact of the paving project.

On Aug. 6, City Council awarded the $716,122 contract for the projects to S-2 Contractors Inc. of Aurora. They will replace the 2.5 inches of roadway, paint new pavement markings, and rebuild 12 sidewalk ramps along Main Street in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Main Street is closed during the repaving from Sept. 9 to 12, and detours will be in place. However, Main Street will be open for vehicular and pedestrian access during the day.