State transportation officials said Wednesday they are considering using cement to bind the crushed aggregate that will be the base beneath the asphalt resurfacing on the Kalifornsky Beach Road project this summer.
Project Manager Gary Walklin said the cement mix would be added to the crushed rock instead of infusing the gravel with oil as is typically done.
"The price of oil is skyrocketing," he said.
Motorists won't notice a difference in the finished road. The six-inch base course still will be covered with a two-inch layer of asphalt. But using cement should save some money.
"We'll probably make that decision in a week of so," Walklin said.
As the K-Beach project gets into high gear, DOT officials were scheduled to hold a public meeting Wednesday night at the fire station at Mile 13 where they hoped to answer questions from residents and other users of the vital artery.
The $9 million state-funded project will rehabilitate K-Beach between the Sterling Highway and Mile 4.3 and between Mile 11 and Mile 16.2 near Bridge Access Road. The road will be widened and six-foot shoulders are to be added. The road surface will be paved.
Like a stretch between those sections repaired a couple of years ago, the two portions will be strengthened to support heavy truck traffic. The contractor, QAP, is already engaged in clearing on some sections.
Concerning another DOT project in the area, a pre-construction meeting was scheduled for Thursday regarding a four-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway north of Fred Meyer, which is to be resurfaced. Some approaches are to be upgraded. DOT hopes to have the temporary fix completed by the Fourth of July weekend.
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