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REEDSPORT —  Residents along Elm Avenue now have a much needed paving project done.

Public Works Director John Stokes outlined the effort recently.

"It was an overlay and it was a road repair," he said.

Two summers ago, city work crews installed 800 feet of sewer line in the neighborhood for Douglas County's leachate line. To finish that work, city employees had to use saw cutters on the road, excavating in some cases to a depth of 10 to 11 feet. This work extended from Second to upper Crestview.

"It took about two months to do it all," Stokes said.

Potholes and other bad road conditions necessitated the work.

"It was paved but it was in a really bad condition," he added.

The city contracted with Reedsport company Laskey-Clifton for the roadwork.

In turn, Douglas County officials contracted with the firm to complete a leachate line. Laskey-Clifton laborers finished that work four to five months ago. The leachate project was done to eliminate the substance from the Reedsport landfill. Stokes said the leachate couldn't be eliminated from the Reedsport's existing sewage treatment plant, thus necessitating the line installation.

"We worked closely with Laskey-Clifton, with the county and with the neighbors because we wanted to be a sounding board," the public works director said.

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