Annual Transportation Benefit District (TBD) street maintenance and preservation projects are underway in the city of Battle Ground. The projects are funded by city residents who pay an annual $20 TBD vehicle tab fee. The annual revenue generated, about $280,000 this year, is used for the sole purpose of street projects within Battle Ground city limits.
This year’s projects include crack sealing, chip sealing and micro-surfacing projects designed to protect streets from damaging water intrusion that would otherwise lead to potholes and eventual failure of the roadway. City Public Works crews are applying crack sealant, a rubberized asphalt, into road cracks on streets throughout the city.
Micro-surfacing and chip sealing is applied to the the entire street from curb to curb and will be used on four highly used roadways this summer. Micro-surfacing will applied at two locations – N. Parkway (Main Street to Onsdorff) and NE Rasmussen (just east of SE Grace to Commerce). Chip sealing will be applied to NW Onsdorff (SR 503 to Parkway) and on NE 249th Street (N. Parkway to NE Grace).
These curb-to-curb projects will necessitate partial-day street closures. The city’s goal is to preserve these sections of roadway while minimizing disruption to neighbors and motorists. Neighbors will be notified individually with detailed information, while road closure/detour information for motorists will be announced prior to the work on the city’s Facebook page and on the city’s website.
In addition, new street markings (thermoplastic crosswalks, railroad crossing, turn and traffic arrows) will be applied to micro-surfaced roads, and new long-striping (lane lines, fog, and bike lanes) will be applied to micro-surfaced and chip sealed roadways, as well as to West Main Street. The highest-use roadways, North Parkway and Main Street will be long-striped using the thermoplastic method, to ensure a long-lasting application on these well traveled roads.
In March of this year, TBD funds were used to repair a section of SW Scotton Way where the roadway had developed deep potholes and crumbling asphalt. A layer of asphalt was removed and replaced with new asphalt.
Finally, $11,850 of TBD funds will be leveraged as a match to garner a $193,000 Community Development Block Grant that will improve road and sidewalk conditions along SW 3rd Street and SW 19th Avenue. The city continues to seek opportunities such as this to leverage and enhance the taxpayer’s investment.
For up-to-date TBD project information, visit our TBD page and follow the city’s Facebook page at CityofBGWA.