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Portland ‘Fixing Our Streets’ program kicks off with ‘street breaking’

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City crews began work to repair cracks in SE 104th Avenue Monday as one of the first projects in Portland’s new "Fixing Our Streets" program. (KPTV) City crews began work to repair cracks in SE 104th Avenue Monday as one of the first projects in Portland’s new "Fixing Our Streets" program. (KPTV)
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Portlanders often complain about their streets, but now something is being done to fix them thanks to a decision by voters earlier this year.

Taxpayers passed a $64 million measure in the May election to fix the city's streets to make them smoother and safer.

Some of the repair work for Portland's streets has been deferred for decades.

Monday morning the "Fixing Our Streets" program officially got underway in Southeast Portland with a groundbreaking that was actually more of a "street breaking," with city crews ripping up the intersection of Southeast 104th Avenue and Southeast Bush Street.

They will tear up the street then put it back together in what is called a base repair. To repair cracks and unevenness currently seen in the street, crews are excavating the roadway and will re-compact it with additional rock before constructing a new layer of asphalt.

City Commissioner Steve Novick likened the process to a root canal for the street.

Mary McGrew lives on the corner where the groundbreaking took place Monday.  While watching the work going on outside her house this morning she said despite the loud crews she was glad to see the progress and was looking forward to a safer intersection.

"I don't mind the noise. They do what they have to do," she said

This project will likely last 3 days, meaning traffic on Southeast 104th will be down to one lane in the area for that time.

Other projects on tap include paving stretches of Halsey, Foster, and Naito Parkway. Safety improvements are set for Sandy Boulevard and better street lighting for Powell Boulevard.

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