Joshua Dillen
The Baker City Herald

Street work in Baker City won’t be affecting travelers after the middle of this month.

The largest project the city and its contractors have tackled this summer is reconstructing a four-block section of Auburn Avenue, between Main and Fourth streets.

Curb and sidewalk work is slated to be completed Saturday, said Doug Schwin, the city’s engineer.

That work, by Van Nevel Concrete and Curb of Redmond, precedes a repaving project on the same four blocks of Auburn by Rogers Asphalt Paving Company of La Grande and its subcontractor, Porter W. Yett Company of Portland.

In addition to the work on Auburn, the contractors will do what’s known as a “full-depth reclamation” on one-block sections (between Resort and Main streets) of these streets: Valley Avenue, Washington Avenue, Church Street, Baker Street and Madison Street. The curbs won’t be replaced along those streets, as on Auburn. Parking will be prohibited on those streets during the work.

The repaving is scheduled to start Wednesday, Sept. 6 and to be completed the following Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Schwin said there will be impacts to traffic but the contractor and city will work to make those as minimal as possible.

The streets will be closed only as needed while crews are working.

“They won’t be closed for the whole week,” he said. “They’ll be closed as they do the work. We’ll close them intermittently as they do the grinding and the milling.”

For the duration of the project, the streets being worked on will be open at the end of the work day as much as possible. There may be sections of street that are closed overnight if they pose a hazard to drivers such those with abrupt edges.

“We’ll just have to monitor that day by day, but as much as possible, we’re going to try to keep them open,” Schwin said.

Traffic signals at one intersection will be affected.

During the repaving work from Sept. 6-13, the traffic lights at Auburn and Main will be switched to a timed cycle because the sensors in the street will be out of commission.

“(The lights) will switch over whether there’s someone there or not,” Schwin said. “If people are wondering why the light on Main keeps turning red when there’s no (vehicles) waiting to cross, that’s why.”

Normally the light stays green for traffic traveling on Main Street until a vehicle stops at a red light signal from either direction on Auburn and triggers the sensor.

Pedestrian signals will still operate as they normally do.

See more in the Sept. 1, 2017, issue of the Baker City Herald.