Ashland City Council approves 20-year master improvement plan

The City Council gave its approval for the 20-year Capital Improvement Program at Tuesday night's meeting.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:53 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The City Council gave its approval for the 20-year Capital Improvement Program at Tuesday night's meeting.

Public Works Director Paula Brown said the department can now give the public a clear idea of what projects will happen in the next twenty years.

One of those projects is repairing Hersey Street, which is full of potholes.

Work has already begun to mark out the areas utility companies need to be aware of before they dig into the pavement. They will complete the underground work before working on the pavement itself.

Brown said it's one of those projects that has been lingering for quite some time, and many people have complained about the potholes over the years. 

The department will keep the road open as much as possible during construction and will make sure people can get to their homes.

"I'd probably suggest not driving it because it will create more frustration for some people, but I have a lot of people saying 'I can't wait, go ahead and get it done', so it will be an inconvenience the rest of this calendar year, but in the long run it's well worth the wait," Brown said. 

The majority of the work should be done before Thanksgiving. The project will likely last through Winter and be completed around March 2020.

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