By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Work done a year ago has to be redone already.
Roadwork will be happening soon on McLeod Lane, just south of the stop sign at Stone Hedge Drive.
Last summer new pavement was laid. Earlier this month, a large chunk of pavement buckled.
“We don’t see that very often at all, especially on new roads,” said Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, noting the pavement failure was likely caused by a combination of factors. “The contractor, Roy Houck Construction, and the city are coordinating to cover the cost of the repairs. The city is paying for the saw cut and traffic control and the contractor is covering the rest of the costs.”
In the spring, a patch of River Road by Shari’s had to be replaced due to repeated bus stops. Lawyer said things are different in this case.
“The problem on McLeod was not necessarily because of the bus, but that helped it happen sooner,” he said. “We are not exactly sure what caused the problem.”
It’s also not known exactly when the work will be done.
“I am not exactly sure of the schedule for these repairs but hopefully they will be completed by the end of next week,” Lawyer said prior to Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. “The city will have a saw cutting contractor do the cutting before the paving contractor moves onto the job.”
Lawyer said the resurfacing done on McLeod last summer was part of the city’s annual street resurfacing project and had nothing to do with Cherriots restarting bus service through the Gubser neighborhood.
“Since there is no clear evidence of a failure by the paving contractor or a failure of materials, we agreed to pay the cost of the saw cutting and the paving contractor will pay for the rest of the repairs,” Lawyer said.