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Rain delays work on Lockhaven, Wheatland

Of the Keizertimes

Rainy weather has delayed the start of road work in north Keizer.

Crews will be resurfacing Lockhaven Drive NE from Trail Avenue to 14th Avenue, and Lockhaven Drive N. from Windsor Island Road to River Road. [MAP: 6]

They’ll also be working on Wheatland Road N., from just south of 2nd Avenue all the way to the north city limits.

Drivers should expect the roads to be down to one lane while work is happening. Detours such as Chemawa Road and River Road are recommended.

It’s about a $900,000 project, but it’s being funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as federal stimulus dollars.

“This project was put together in the necessary timeframes to meet the federal rules,” said Public Works Director Rob Kissler. “These projects need to be finished by June 30, 2010.”

The expected start date depends on whether weather cooperates, Kissler said.

Work on Lockhaven Drive NE – that’s the portion east of River Road – will be between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The other work will be done during the daytime. Contractor is Knife River Construction.

The Wheatland Road and Lockhaven Drive N. projects will add a one-inch leveling lift and two-inch overlay across the entire street. On Lockhaven Drive NE, the center lane doesn’t need repairs and won’t be resurfaced, Kissler said, but both the eastbound and westbound lanes will be.

“I’m very excited to make the repairs on Lockhaven because it’s showing some signs of deterioration, butt I’m also excited about finally having the funding to repair Wheatland Road on the north end because it’s been in disrepair for several years,” Kissler said.