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City begins paving
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Nine streets are set to be paved in this round of upgrades with Warren Street being the worst and first. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Street paving has begun in the city of McMinnville.

Tinsley Asphalt has descended onto Warren Street, the first of nine streets to be paved out of $250,000 in funds approved by city officials. 

Also topping the list of worst streets and to be included this round will be Anderson, Allen, Gribble, Worley, Gentry, Ridgecrest, Center and the end of Yankee Street. 

“We are not paving all of Yankee because there are some water cuts that need to be made,” said McMinnville Public Works Department director Frank Southard.

Since 2014, Public Works has used a pavement conditioning index program. Streets are surveyed and rated on quality. When funds are available, the worst streets are selected from that list. However, those streets are only paved after the city’s Water and Sewer Department completes any necessary underground work to prevent ripping through new pavement. 

The department has about $700,000 within its Street Aid Budget. Proposed is using up to $500,000 during this round of paving. A second street list has yet to be generated.