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Chip Seal Project August 2015

Beginning August 10, 2015, the Baker City Public Works Department will be chip sealing a number of city streets.  It is expected that this work will last for four days.  The chip seal process extends the life of a street by restoring vital asphalt pavement components that are lost through the aging and oxidation process.  By sealing the street, moisture is unable to penetrate below the asphalt surface. Additionally, recently paved surfaces will receive a fog seal coat on August 17. A map showing the streets to be treated during the 2015 project is attached.

A minimum 48-hours notice will be provided to residents affected by the street improvement project.  Please expect traffic delays and possible rerouting of traffic during this project.  Should inclement weather conditions or mechanical issues arise, the street work will be rescheduled for the next available work day.
Your cooperation and patience during this project is appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Baker City Public Works at (541) 524-2063 or (541) 524-2046.

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I-84 Slowdown July 28

Starting around 7 a.m. on July 28 Interstate 84 motorists near Baker City can expect freeway speed to be slowed to about 35 miles per hour for a short time. The speed change will be controlled by pilot cars and is needed to accommodate the removal of a power line that crosses I-84 near Exit 306. Typical delay for travelers is estimated to be about 10-15 minutes. The rolling slowdown will begin at mile post 322 for westbound and mile post 290 for eastbound traffic. Once traffic has passed the work site near Exit 306, travelers can return to posted freeway speeds. Freeway on ramps in the slow down zone will also be temporary closed until the pilot cars and traffic have passed their location.
Temporary on ramp closures for westbound traffic will occur at Exit 313 (Encina Interchange) and Exit 306 (South Baker City Interchange). Eastbound traffic can expect on ramp delays at Exit 295 (Eastbound Baker Valley Rest Area), Exit 298 (Medical Springs Interchange), Exit 302 (Richland Interchange) and Exit 304 (Baker City/Campbell Street Interchange). Travelers will be able to get off the freeway at these interchanges, but may experience delays in returning to the freeway in the direction of the work zone.
The reduced speed of the rolling slowdown will create a window of time when no vehicles will be on the freeway at the work site for approximately 10-15 minutes. This will allow Idaho Power’s contractors to safely remove the overhead power-line without traffic at the site.

For more information: Tom Strandberg - (541) 963-1330 Oregon Department of Transportation

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Open Request for Proposals

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Mausoleum Window Restoration

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Voluntary Water Conservation


In a proactive measure to ensure availability of the City’s drinking water for the upcoming summer months the Public Works Department is asking that citizens enact water conservation measures related to irrigation.  If the voluntary curtailment does not result in a reduced demand the City may begin enforcement of the Water Curtailment Ordinance (Ord. No. 3287, Municipal Code Chapter 53.25).

Irrigation restrictions have already been implemented at City parks, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Quail Ridge Golf Course, the Sports Complex and other ball fields.

Staff is now asking that residential, commercial and industrial users move to an alternating (odd/even) irrigation schedule.  This means that if your address is an odd number (ends in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) you should irrigate on the odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) and if your address ends in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) you should irrigate on even days of the month (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.).  Addresses ending in ½ or Apartment # or letter should irrigate based on the primary address (ie: 123 ½ Main Street would be on an ODD day irrigation schedule and 124 Main Street, Apartment 1 would be on an EVEN day irrigation schedule).

The Baker City Watershed is currently providing approximately 4.5 million gallons of water each day to the water treatment facility which is more typical of late August quantity rather than early July quantity.  In addition, the ASR well is being utilized to meet peak daily demands.  In an effort to even out the water distribution with the availability of water from the Watershed it is in the best interest of the water system to reduce irrigation use.  Typical winter daily usage is approximately 2 million gallons of water per day. The daily usage increases to over 7 million gallons per day in the summer months.  We believe that with minor changes to the irrigation of our green spaces we will see a significant impact to our water supply.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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