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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Contract for initial phase of road project awarded

Contract for initial phase of road project awarded

Work will help restore one-mile portion of N. McAlister Road

ISLAND CITY — Rogers Asphalt Paving Co. of La Grande was named the contractor for the initial phase of the North McAlister Road restoration project on Monday night.

Island City’s city council voted to award Rogers Asphalt the bid for the work on a one-mile portion of North McAlister Road running between Buchanan Lane and Highway 82. The company bid $29,472 for the asphalt repair work portion of the project and $1,550 for crack sealing.

Cracked and degraded asphalt will be removed and replaced by two “three-inch lifts’’ of asphalt by Rogers Asphalt. The asphalt that will be removed has cracked because of settling of the road’s base, said Island City Mayor Dale De Long. If the cracked areas are not repaired within several years, potholes may begin forming, the mayor said.

In some cases portions of the damaged road will be dug out so they can be more easily and effectively repaired.

Bid requests for the work were sent to nine contractors. Rogers Asphalt was the only company that submitted a bid, said Judy Rygg, the City of Island City’s public works director. A total of three companies expressed interest in the project. 

Rogers Asphalt may begin work on the project this month if there is good weather, Rygg said. Should conditions take a turn for the worse, the road work would not begin until the spring.

“It just depends on the weather,” Rygg said.

She said the work will take about a week to complete.

Once the cracked and degraded asphalt problem is taken care of, an overlay of asphalt will be placed over this stretch of McAlister Road. De Long said it will be critical that all repair work be done before the overlay is put on.

“If we put an overlay on without addressing the cracks in the road, we haven’t fixed the problem. It would be putting a Band-Aid over it,” De Long said.

The mayor noted that if an overlay is placed over the road before it is fixed, it would degrade and crumble faster because it would not have a good base. 

De Long said it is critical that cracks be sealed before the overlay of asphalt is put in because moisture will seep into cracks, causing further deterioration.

“It is not going to heal on its own. If we don’t seal the cracks, we have not fully prepared for the overlay,” De Long said.

It is not yet known what the cost of the overlay will be. The city hopes to get a $50,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to help pay for the overlay work, Rygg said. 

Bid requests for the overlay project will be sent out sometime next spring.

The one-mile stretch of McAlister Road from Buchanan Lane and Highway 82 was last paved a decade ago.

Contact Dick Mason at 541-786-5386 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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