Just because a road is “scored” doesn’t mean it’s immediately going to be paved. Parkrose residents have learned this the hard way with examples like Northeast 122nd Avenue between Skidmore and San Rafael streets, which saw its surface ground off a few months ago. There has been little work since, but the project has not been forgotten.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been exceedingly busy, considering the unprecedented snowstorms, noting that the aftermath can take weeks to fully clean up. Currently, PBOT is hard at work clearing branches and other woody debris from culverts and ditches to prevent flooding. They’re also sweeping gravel from bike lanes—a laborious process, as sweepers travel at three to six miles per hour—and clearing dozens of landslides.
122nd Avenue between Northeast Skidmore and San Rafael streets
Repaving roads is weather-dependent work, and setbacks have caused this road, which sits between Interstate 84 and Northeast Skidmore Street, to fall behind schedule.
Ultimately, the road will be completed in two stages: the first stage involves grinding off the top layer of asphalt. This stage is currently seeing fruition, as it can be maneuvered in colder conditions, such as winter rain. The second stage—the actual repaving—relies on warmer weather and will have to wait until spring.
Still, a PBOT contractor has been working on the components of the repaving job that can be completed during wintertime. For example, you might notice the installation of traffic signal poles.
Northeast Prescott Street sidewalk
The new Northeast Prescott Street sidewalks are currently undergoing a period of utility relocation, which has been ongoing since last fall. Setbacks from rain and snow have delayed the implementation of concrete work. The pouring of concrete is expected to begin in about four to six weeks.
122nd Avenue between Northeast Fargo and Fremont streets
An ever-disintegrating road with an unflattering number of potholes, 122nd Avenue between Northeast Fargo and Fremont streets will likely see some PBOT attention come springtime. The PBOT prioritizes potholes after winter when there is less rain and snow, and currently it’s had its hands full with other disastrously pothole-stricken areas, such as Marine Drive.