Day: July 15, 2014

No parking at Shoreline corner

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shoreline Drive has been getting some attention this week. In addition to the rebuilding project on the street, a parking issue at Shoreline and Rafael Avenue North was discussed during Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. Councilors voted 5-0 to approve a no-parking zone on the corner. “It has posed a safety hazard for turning right onto Shoreline,” Rhonda Rich with the West Keizer Neighborhood Association said during public comments early in the meeting. “There is a residential care facility with 10 to 12 cars usually parked along there. There are three or four spaces where those cars will need to park somewhere else. I’m not suggesting a new ordinance, but maybe a letter can be sent to the owner to park on the other side of Shoreline across from their property or in their driveway.” Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, noted a lack of restriction for parking on public streets in town has “somewhat created the situation” and mentioned he has talked to the manager for the property owner. “They mentioned room to park across the street, also south of the property and in the driveway,” Lawyer said. “Between those three places, I don’t see a problem.” Councilor Kim Freeman wondered if moving vehicles to the other side of Shoreline would be creating a new safety concern. Lawyer felt that shouldn’t...

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Shoreline being shored up

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shoreline Drive has hit rock bottom. As such, the street is being dug up and redone, with work starting this week. The work is expected to be done by late September. “Shoreline has reached the point where it’s not suitable to just resurface it,” Keizer Public Works director Bill Lawyer said on Monday. “It’s gone too far. The only option is to rebuild it.” Lawyer said the road was originally built in the 1950s, though he wasn’t sure offhand when the road was last resurfaced. Lawyer noted he and former Public Works director Rob Kissler recognized five years ago the road would need to be rebuilt. “There were other commitments to the street funds first,” Lawyer said. “We just hoped it wouldn’t get much worse. We wanted to not have a significant failure.” Shoreline was originally a county road. At the request of city leaders, the Marion County Public Works crew examined the makeup of the road. “A different type of base material was used,” Lawyer said. “Round river rock was used. The road actually held up surprisingly well, given what was there.” Lawyer said once the pavement is taken off, a subcontractor will put in a concrete additive in to treat the rock underneath – much like adding glue to loose parts on a model. “The idea is to come up with...

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