East Main on the list for sealer

I walk along East Main Street near Hawthorne Park, and the roadway is beginning to look a little worn out. Every summer, the city paves a bunch of streets in the Medford area. Any chance East Main will get a little facelift this year before the ruts take over?

— Jerry S., Medford

You're in luck, Jerry. The city has a list of streets that will get a fresh coating of sealer, and East Main is one of them.

The city has asked for bid proposals to undertake an estimated $350,000 to $450,000 worth of work. The bids will be opened on June 6, and the work should commence by Aug. 1 and conclude by Aug. 30.

The streets involved include East Main from Willamette to East Eighth Street; West 14th Street from King to Newtown streets; Highway 62 from 1,140 feet east of Bullock Road to 650 feet east of Delta Waters; and various portions of East McAndrews Road from Delta Waters Road to Hillcrest roads.

Workers will fill ruts, remove vegetation in cracked roads then apply a slurry of asphalt and gravel over the top of the existing pavement. The type of sealer applied to roadways is designed to prolong the lifespan of the underlying asphalt. If you've driven around Medford the past few summers, Jerry, you've probably noticed some roadways have been treated with a sealer that also has lots of little rocks that sometimes ping inside the wheel wells.

Some years ago, the city used a coarser rock mix that created quite an uproar, and the city received many complaints. The city has switched to a different type of sealer that has a finer rock mix that should get better reviews from the public.

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