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City of The Dalles, OR

2022 Investments in Pavement Management

The Transportation Division plans to get an early start on this year’s pavement preservation activities. Annual road condition evaluations help determine best-value candidates for street maintenance projects. The City directs its limited resources to help protect and extend the life of the transportation system. Pavement preservation projects are visible work the Transportation Division performs.Pavement

This spring and summer the City will focus on several street maintenance projects. See a few project highlights below:

  • Approximately 22 miles of crack sealing will occur throughout the City as a combined effort of a contractor and City crews. This is the lowest cost pavement preservation treatment available. Crack sealing as a pretreatment improves the effectiveness of other surface treatments such as chip seals. Approximately 75% of cracks turn in to potholes within 3 years if they are not sealed.
  • Nearly five miles of roadway in several areas of town will be chip sealed. This type of preventative maintenance is one of the best uses of street maintenance dollars. Chip sealing helps to reinstate oil into the oxidized pavement surfaces and provides a new, durable chip rock wearing surface.
  • An asphalt maintenance project is scheduled in the downtown corridor on 2nd Street from Taylor Street to Lincoln Street. The purpose of this project is to fix the wheel ruts in both travel lanes on 2nd Street. 
  • ADA curb ramp improvements are planned at the intersections of Union Street at 4th and 5th Streets.

The Transportation fund's primary sources of revenue:

  • Oregon State Motor Vehicle Fund
  • 3-cent City gas tax
  • City Water & Sewer Impact Fees
  • City General Fund

The first of these projects will start May 2, 2022, weather permitting. Press releases are sent out and posted on the City Facebook page with details about each project. Thank you for your attention to safe travel around and through work areas.

You can view the 2022 street maintenance projects map, the list of streets that will be chip sealed at thedalles.org/transportation.