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Gresham neighbors ask why project left new roads repaved and older roads untouched

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Neighbors in a Gresham neighborhood are scratching their heads after they say a recent paving project covered up a perfectly good street while leaving other streets in need of repair untouched.

Daniel Clark, who lives near 186th Avenue and Northeast Multnomah Street, said the street in front of his home didn't have a single crack, but the street going into the neighborhood, which wasn't re-paved, was in bad condition.

"The streets there are pothole ridden, old and they're the ones in need of repair, not this brand new street," Clark said.

According to the City of Gresham, the new pavement is a "slurry seal," which is industrial grade asphalt surfacing that patches damaged roads and protects them from further water damage.

"Pavement preservation techniques, such as slurry seal coats that were applied in this recent roadwork project, are lower cost and applied to roads that are in relatively better shape to keep them that way," Elizabeth Coffey, Communications Manager for the City of Gresham, explained. "This is done at a fraction of the cost it takes to reconstruct severely damaged streets."

Coffey said the city is in the process of examining methods of funding severely deteriorated streets.

Neighbors like Clark, however, aren't satisfied with the city's explanation.

"I don't know why they would waste money, waste valuable taxpayer money, on paving a brand new street," said Clark. "I'm furious with the city."

Clark said the City of Gresham did not respond to his complaints about the paving project.

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