Wednesday, October 14, 2009
WEST SALEM -- Paving on the stretch of Oregon Highway 22 from its junction with Oregon 51 to the Marion and Center streets bridges is finished. But the contractor still has a few tasks to do, one of which may have to wait until next spring.
Workers put down 2,800 truck loads of asphalt since the job began in late August, said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Adam Torgerson.
A short stretch of dry weather early this month allowed crews to finish resurfacing the bridge in front of Capital Manor in West Salem. Guardrail repair and minor drainage system fixes are on the to-do list before work will stop at the end of October.
The only task that remains up in the air is striping. Torgerson said crews need eight hours of 50-degree or warmer weather to put down stripe paint. He said the contractor would like to have that done by the end of the month, but motorists may have to get by with temporary lane markers through the winter if temperatures are too chilly.
"That's really up to the weather," Torgerson said.