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Car-tab revenue drives summer road work in Battle Ground

The Columbian
Published: July 23, 2019, 6:01am

BATTLE GROUND — Summer street maintenance and preservation projects are underway using proceeds from the city’s $20 vehicle licensing fee.

The fee, part of the Battle Ground Transportation Benefit District, generated about $280,000 that will be used on street projects this year.

Projects include crack sealing, chip sealing and microsurfacing to prevent water from penetrating pavements.

City crews are applying rubberized asphalt sealant into road cracks throughout the city.

Microsurfacing and chip sealing are done to the entire street section, from curb to curb, and will be done on four heavily traveled roads this summer.

Microsurfacing will be done on North Parkway Avenue, from Main Street to Onsdorff Boulevard, and on Southeast Rasmussen Boulevard, from just east of Southeast Grace to Southeast Commerce avenues.

Chip sealing will be done on Northwest Onsdorff Boulevard, from state Highway 503 to North Parkway Avenue, and on Northeast 249th Street, from North Parkway to Northeast Grace avenues.

All four projects will require partial-day street closures. Nearby residents will receive notification in advance. Road closure and detour information will be posted on the city’s website, www.cityofbg.org/443/Transportation-Benefit-District, and on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CityofBGWA.

Fresh street marking and striping, such as turn arrows and bicycle lanes, will be applied to the four-road sections, as well as on West Main Street.

When roads are not preserved, they can deteriorate to the point where they need to be rebuilt, an expensive and disruptive process.

Earlier this year, proceeds from the $20 vehicle licensing fee were used to repair a section of Southwest Scotton Way, where the roadway had developed deep potholes and crumbling asphalt.

Nearly $12,000 of the proceeds will be used as a local match for a $193,000 Community Development Block Grant that will improve road and sidewalk conditions on Southwest Third Street and Southwest 19th Avenue.