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Paving projects will impact popular rural roads on the west side

Posted by on August 3rd, 2012 at 9:52 am

This just in from Multnomah County. Beware and get ready for some potential delays on several popular riding roads:


Release: August 3, 2012

Contacts: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111,

Pavement work will impact rural west side roads

Road surfacing projects will impact traffic on three rural roads in western Multnomah County, starting next week. The projects will apply chip seals, which are a cost effective surface treatment for low traffic roads in rural areas.
All road surfacing work is weather dependent. Work is scheduled Mondays through Thursdays. The roads and schedules are:

NW Gillahan Road: On Sauvie Island, from Milepost 2 to Milepost 3.5. Flaggers and a pilot vehicle will direct two-way traffic on one lane on these work days:

    August 6, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    August 9, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    August 15, 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

NW Rocky Point Road: From Milepost 2 west of Highway 30 to N.W. Skyline Blvd. Flaggers and a pilot vehicle will direct two-way traffic on one lane on these work days:

    August 7, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    August 13, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    August 15, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

NW Germantown Road: From N.W. Skyline Boulevard west to the Washington County line, about a half mile west of N.W. Kaiser Road. The road will be closed to through traffic on work days due to the narrow, winding terrain and the number of large construction vehicles working in a constrained area. Access will be provided to local residents escorted by a pilot vehicle, with travel delays of up to twenty minutes. N.W. Cornelius Pass Road and N.W. Springville Road are suggested alternate routes. Work days are:

    August 8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    August 14, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    August 16, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid delays of up to twenty minutes. Traffic using side streets and driveways adjacent to the paving may experience brief delays during a rolling closure. Layers of gravel and oil are applied on the first two work days and a sealing layer is applied on the third day. Until the final layer is applied, motorists should watch for “loose gravel” signs and drive cautiously.

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Ugh. Chip seal. Glad I have at least one steel frame with some 32s.


Yikes! Chip sealed roads. I’m newish to the city–do they sweep up the nonstuck gravel around here after a week or so or just leave it for us to wade through?