It wasn’t bad enough that Toledo has suffered repeated storm water and sewer line breaks, threats to its water intake pipe on the siletz River and a leaky water tank atop the hill, now comes the next threat to the city budget. Business Highway 20, not long after a new pavement overlay, has developed cracks, and the pavement looks like it’s settling or slumping, or both. And anyone who has recently driven through there knows it’s not just another little bump in the road.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger says initially ODOT (it’s a state road) figured a grinding and a resurfacing of the road would run about $115,000 with the city chipping in $11,500 as it’s share. But on second look that repair option may not be enough. Denlinger says it may require completely rebuilding the subsurface for the repair to last. And that could run $300,000 to $500,000. ODOT said they’d come up with the money but the city still has to pay 10% of it which would run $30,000 to $50,000.
Denlinger said ODOT will have to move fast in order to fix the road before the end of the summer. Denlinger added ODOT will inform the city council ASAP as to the best way to proceed. The council’s next scheduled meeting is June 12th. However Mayor Grutzmacher can call for a special meeting if necessary.
In the meantime public works is allowing traffic to use the east side lane without restrictions. However, the bumps can sneak up on you if you’re not ready. Both hands on the wheel is strongly advised.