Highland Avenue Resurfacing Slated for July

Release Date: 
06/24/2015

One of Hermiston’s major East-West corridors is slated for a resurfacing project to begin in mid-July and conclude by the end of the month.  The project will affect 19 blocks on Highland Avenue from SW 11th Street on the west side of town to SE 8th Street on the east side of town.

The project will be a “Cape Seal” which involves placing a Chip Seal, to be followed up two weeks later by a Type II Slurry Seal.  A Cape Seal is a major preventative maintenance procedure and is ideal for streets that call for a smoother texture than a Chip Seal, because it combines the durability of a Chip Seal with the smoothness of a Slurry Seal on top.  Although the finished product will work well for pedestrians and bicyclists, with a slightly textured surface, there will be a rougher surface than usual during the time between the Chip Seal and Slurry Seal phases.  Pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution during this phase of construction.

“This project will greatly improve the long-term viability of Highland Avenue at an affordable price, because we’re proactively maintaining it before major problems start to arise,” said Ron Sivey, Street Department Superintendent.

Although there will be some traffic impacts as a result of the project, the work has been scheduled for July to minimize the impacts to classes and events at Hermiston High School, as well as the Umatilla County Fair.

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