In the drier months, crews from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) perform regular, preventative maintenance on our roads to make sure they last longer. For roads in “fair” or “good” condition, this only requires 1-2 days of work resurfacing the pavement. In spots where the road is in worse condition, we may do a full base repair first before resurfacing the whole street.
Resurfacing a street differs from repaving in that it is a form of sealing the existing pavement instead of replacing it. While the initial product may include some seams and uneven surfaces, over time these imperfections will wear down. Ultimately, this kind of treatment can extend the life of pavement by six to eight years.
By federal law, whenever we do this kind or resurfacing we also build new curb ramps or upgrade existing ones so they meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
This work is weather dependent. Crews will be by in spring and early summer first to build ADA-compliant curb ramps. This work typically takes several weeks per segment. Later, from mid-summer through early fall, crews will resurface the street using a combination of microsurfacing or slurry seal. This roadwork typically takes 1-2 days per street.
What's Happening This Season?
|Pavement Preservation List 2023|
|NW PETTYGROVE ST||25TH AVE||19TH AVE|
|NW RALEIGH ST||412' W of 29TH AVE||20TH AVE|
|NW QUIMBY ST||25TH AVE||21ST AVE|
|NW SKYLINE BLVD||THOMPSON RD||199' N of MCNAMEE RD|
|NW MCNAMEE RD||SKYLINE BLVD||955' N of SKYLINE BLVD|
|NW NEWBERRY RD||SKYLINE BLVD||2157' E of SKYLINE BLVD|
|NW SKYVIEW DR||313' W of RED CEDAR CT||SKYLINE BLVD|
|NW RED CEDAR CT||SKYVIEW DR||1563' E of SKYVIEW DR|
|NW COUNTRY WOODS LN||SKYVIEW DR||751' E of SKYVIEW DR|
|NW VALLEY VIEW LN||304' W of SKYVIEW DR||SKYVIEW DR|
|NW OLD SKYLINE BLVD||SKYLINE BLVD||374' E of SKYLINE BLVD|
|NW GERMANTOWN RD||514' W of SKYLINE BLVD||BRIDGE AVE|
|NW SPRINGVILLE RD||284' W of SKYLINE BLVD||SKYLINE BLVD|
|NW VERNON CT||329' S of SKYLINE BLVD||SKYLINE BLVD|
|NE KLICKITAT ST||111TH DR||117TH AVE|
|NE FARGO CT||117TH AVE||122ND AVE FRONTAGE RD|
|NE FARGO ST||111TH DR||122ND AVE FRONTAGE RD|
|NE SISKIYOU ST||111TH DR||121ST AVE|
|NE MORRIS ST||111TH DR||121ST AVE|
|NE STANTON ST||MORRIS ST||122ND AVE|
|NE 122ND AVE FRONTAGE RD||122ND AVE||FARGO CT|
|NE 121ST AVE||KNOTT ST||SISKIYOU ST|
|NE KNOTT ST||111TH DR||121ST AVE|
|NE RUSSELL ST||111TH DR||413' E of 111TH DR|
|NE RUSSELL ST||117TH AVE||122ND AVE|
|NE BRAZEE ST||117TH AVE||121ST AVE|
|NE SACRAMENTO ST||111TH AVE||122ND AVE|
|NE THOMPSON ST||117TH AVE||121ST AVE|
|NE 113TH AVE||THOMPSON ST||120' N of THOMPSON ST|
|NE EUGENE ST||117TH AVE||121ST AVE|
|NE 121ST AVE||SAN RAFAEL ST||BRAZEE ST|
|NE HANCOCK CT||144' W of 113TH AVE||113TH AVE|
|NE SCHUYLER ST||112TH AVE||114TH AVE|
|NE SCHUYLER ST||114TH AVE||116TH PL|
|NE 112TH AVE||WEIDLER ST||SCHUYLER ST|
|NE 113TH AVE||SCHUYLER ST||SAN RAFAEL ST|
|NE 114TH PL||SCHUYLER ST||399' N of SCHUYLER ST|
|NE 114TH AVE||HALSEY ST||SAN RAFAEL ST|
|NE 116TH PL||HALSEY ST||358' N of SCHUYLER ST|
|NE 118TH AVE||HALSEY ST||SAN RAFAEL ST|
|NE 119TH AVE||HALSEY ST||SAN RAFAEL ST|
|NE 111TH AVE||WEIDLER ST||RUSSELL ST|
|NE 111TH DR||RUSSELL ST||KLICKITAT ST|
What to Expect During Resurfacing
Microsurfacing and slurry seal are quick processes. Equipment goes at the pace of a quick walk. The road itself must be closed to traffic and parking during the application. With the exception of local traffic, the road will remain closed closed while the product cures or sets. Curing typically takes less than a day.
No on-street parking while we do this work. We’ll let everyone on your block know ahead of time so you can prepare. As soon as the road is clear for traffic, after the product has cured or set, we’ll open it back up for on-street parking as well.
Background and Funding
PBOT’s asset managers rank pavement conditions across the city and recommend the best repair for our budget. Preventative maintenance like microsurfacing helps keep our roads in good shape longer. The application is easy, quick, and causes minimal disruption. It saves us in the long run, too, avoiding more costly repairs.
By federal law, PBOT is required to bring curb ramps up to ADA standards whenever we resurface the road. Microsurfacing is one of the treatments that triggers this requirement.
Funding for microsurfacing projects comes from a combination of GTR Pavement Preservation funds as well as funds from Fixing Our Streets, the voter-approved 10-cent gas tax.