Drivers, beware: Renovations on A Street between First and Fourth streets will close traffic part of the day Wednesday.
The city of Ashland Street Division will patch areas on A Street between First and Third streets from 5 a.m. to noon Wednesday, according to Public Works Director Paula Brown. A Street between First and Fourth Streets will be closed to all traffic, and no on-street parking will be allowed. Parked vehicles in the closure area must be moved by 4:30 a.m. or they may be towed.
“It’s pretty bad, it’s become what we call ‘scaly’ condition, being uneven and rough,” Brown said of A Street. “The street patching we’ll be doing is necessary.”
Brown said that a layer of tar will be put down on areas getting renovated first, then a “skin patch,” which consists of a rough leveling course and a thin layer of asphalt will be laid on those “roughest spots” of the road. The entire road will not be repaved.
“We’ll cover up potholes, divots and things,” Brown said. “This will let us have a decent winter.” She said that the patch work will prevent further street degradation and the need for a larger patching project later on.
Aside from the renovations on A Street, numerous other capital improvement projects are listed on the city’s geographic information system map, which outlines future and current transportation, wastewater and water projects.
Brown said the city has been on “a delay mode for a while” due to lack of funding and the time it takes to adequately plan for each project before implementation, but things are getting “back on track.”
“This past year we got going again and have a few projects started, even if just in the designing and planning stages, because that takes time,” she said. “But things are coming together — we’re getting back on track with things.”
Transportation projects on the GIS map at gis.ashland.or.us/cipstorybook include the construction of two crosswalks on North Main Street; an asphalt overlay on Wightman Street; and the replacement of handicap ramps downtown. Each of these projects currently lists an “engineering” status, which means they are still in the design and planning phases before construction, Brown said.
As for A Street, Brown said the project should go smoothly. She said residents of the four homes along the road have been notified of the construction, and the Street Division is planning to “have everybody back out and running by noon.”
“We want to thank everyone for their patience and let them know we’ll be getting in and out, fixing things and making it look nice on A Street and elsewhere,” she said. “These projects are happening, but timing is important.”
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