Road, infrastructure projects near completion

The Myra Road project has the most work left to be done before winter.

Construction is moving along at the intersection of The Dalles Military Road and Myra Road.

Construction is moving along at the intersection of The Dalles Military Road and Myra Road. Photo by Michael Lopez.

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WALLA WALLA — Work crews are on schedule to complete the last of several major projects that totaled more than $8 million in road and infrastructure construction this year.

The project with the most work left before the winter, as well as the most expensive at $2.7 million, is the Myra Road grade lowering project.

According to city engineers, the laying of asphalt was the critical work that had to be finished before the cold, wet weather hit, and that was completed in recent weeks.

What remains is road striping, pouring of concrete sidewalks, landscaping and cleanup. The expected completion date is Dec. 16.

The goal of the project is to lower the crest of the hill at The Dalles Military Road by approximately 8 feet to improve visibility and freight mobility.

Other major projects completed on time this year include the $1.6 Rose Street repaving and the $971,000 reconstruction of 13th Avenue from Abadie to Cherry streets.

As for the $1.69 million in Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Project work, officials said those projects are substantially completed and traffic is open on the streets, which include Pleasant Street from Fern Avenue to Sturm, Fern from Pleasant to Whitman Street, Statesman Street from Pleasant to Juniper Street and approximately one block of Home north of Pleasant.

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