D Avenue Project Construction Underway

Work is now underway on the D Avenue Improvement Project in the First Addition Neighborhood. Construction is expected to continue through this fall. During this time, please be alert, drive safely, stay clear of active work zones, find another route and expect delays.

The project involves reconstructing the entire ten blocks of D Avenue, including storm and waterline installation, roadway demolition, roadway surface preparation and grading, concrete formwork, concrete placement, concrete curing and asphalt paving. Additional improvements will also take place on portions of 1st Street, 7th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street and E Avenue.

Major Underground Utility Work

Starting the week of May 14, two crews will begin working on underground utility improvements for the project. Crew 1 will be working on 1st Street at the intersection of D, installing a new storm line and manholes at the intersection. They’ll then progress along 1st Street towards E Avenue, installing the new storm line and a new water line.  This particular activity is expected to take about three-four weeks to complete.

While crews are working in the intersection, D Avenue will be closed to through traffic between State Street and 2nd Street and 1st Street will be closed between C Avenue and E Avenue. Once crews progress through the intersection, D Avenue will be reopened at State Street.

Crew 2 is set to begin at 4th and D (near the library), installing a new storm line and manholes, and then working towards 5th.

During the work near the library, please watch for signage and flaggers to safely navigate through the intersection. D Avenue will be closed to through traffic between 4th and 5th Street. There will also be no on-street parking allowed in the work area – please park on side streets.

Expect Extensive Road Closures

This summer, the major road re-construction work will require extensive, full (24-hour) road closures along D Avenue. By early July, the entire ten blocks of D Avenue will be closed to through traffic (including vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians). The full closures are expected to be in place for up to two months. During this time, north/south access into the neighborhood will be maintained through the intersections of D Avenue at 1st Street, 4th Street, 7th Street and 10th Street (refer to map). The work in the intersections will require flagged traffic.

Local access for those living in the closed areas on D Avenue will be maintained, but there will be periods where driveways are blocked. On street-parking will be prohibited in the closed areas – neighbors may need to park on a side street.

We appreciate all traffic and pedestrians abiding by traffic control signage and avoiding the construction areas for the safety of all. Thank you for your patience as we make these important public improvements.

For the latest information, visit www.d-ave.org where you can sign-up to receive regular updates.



On April 3, Council adopted two ordinances annexing the following properties:

  • Ordinance 2776, annexing 5022 Upper Drive (AN 17-0011)
  • Ordinance 2780, annexing 12901 Goodall Road (AN 18-0002)

On April 17, the CC:

  • Held a public hearing on an appeal of the Development Review Commission’s (DRC) decision to deny LU 17-0051, a request by Rivers East II, LLC for approval of a 47,290 sq. ft. commercial building and six Design Variances at 519-543 3rd Street (LU 17-0051 / AP 18-04). The Council tentatively voted to reverse the DRC’s decision and approve the project. The adoption of the Findings, Conclusion and Order is scheduled for May 15.


Know Your Water During Drinking Water Week

Read your 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report

Safe, clean, trusted tap water plays an essential role in our daily lives and helps LO thrive. It provides health protection, fire suppression, drives our economy and supports the quality of life we enjoy. For National Drinking Water Week (May 6-12), get to know your water and understand the role it plays in your life by reading your 2018 Lake Oswego Water Quality Report.

Read the report by July 31st and enter to win $100 off your next utility bill. Your report is available online at www.lakeoswego.city/2018-water-report (or call 503-635-0394 to request a mailed copy). Follow the instructions to enter your contact details by July 31, 2018, for a chance to win $100 towards your next utility bill. One winner will be selected and announced in August. Entrants must be Lake Oswego water customers to win. One entry is allowed per customer.

Your 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report is based on data collected during the 2017 calendar year. The City prepares this report in accordance with Federal and State Regulations to bring our citizens the best available information about the water they drink.

Honoring Our Own Kari Duncan

Last week, our own Kari Duncan, Lake Oswego Tigard Water Treatment Plant Manager, was awarded the honorable Powell-Lindsay Citation from the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Waterworks Association (AWWA). This award recognizes outstanding service and exceptional devotion to the activities of the organization, and is the highest award the regional section presents.

The AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, our most important resource.

This award is a testament to Kari’s leadership in the water industry. Since 2002, Kari has been actively participating and holding various positions in the AWWA. In 2016, she became the Association Director for the Pacific Northwest Section, serving as the direct link to the national association and one of 60 national Board of Directors.

Kudos to Kari for her incredible achievements and accomplishments in the water industry field. She is a tremendous asset to our city, and we are very proud and fortunate to have her in our court!

In other exciting news, the Partnership also won two industry awards for Excellence in Engineering and Excellence in Concrete Construction for the new water treatment plant!






This pile of gloves tells the story of two successful Earth Day Stewardship work parties! Dozens of volunteers put on these gloves (now freshly washed!) to help Mother Nature last weekend. On Sat., Apr. 21, over 30 volunteers of all ages worked at Springbrook Park to clear invasives. A shout out goes to Laura Tanz, Friends of Springbrook Park, for engaging young and old volunteers with restoring nature. Across town on Sun., Apr. 22,  Eric Hirshberger, Parks Natural Areas, arrived with the Stewardship truck and trailer loaded with work party supplies. Eric and Heidi Schrimsher, Friends of Woodmont Park,  lead over 2 dozen volunteers to plant 250 native species, including trillium, telima and columbine.  After the planting was done, this energetic crew removed invasive species. Stewardship celebrates our Earth Day volunteers and appreciates their restoration efforts in our park natural areas!

Native Planting Success at Iron Mountain
36 volunteers made an appearance at this rainy planting party! Sword ferns and other native shrubs were planted, invasive blackberries and ivy were removed, and a grove of trees was planted to celebrate Joan Quinton-Cox, a long-time volunteer and natural spaces advocate. Thank you for your years of volunteer service, Joan!



Partnership Wins Industry Awards for Excellence in Engineering and Concrete Construction

Last week, the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership was recognized by two professional and industry organizations for Excellence in Engineering and Excellence in Concrete Construction for our new 38-million gallon water treatment plant.  The awards were given by the Pacific Northwest Subsection of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA), respectively.

The Excellence in Concrete award was presented during an OCAPA awards ceremony on April 27th in Salem, Oregon. The Excellence in Concrete awards program began 38 years ago and continues today, as a way to recognize projects that use concrete in extensive or innovative ways.  The Partnership received the award under the “best-of-utility” category, for construction of the new water treatment plant where more than 18,950 cubic yards of structural concrete were placed.

The Excellence in Engineering award was presented on April 26th at the Pacific Northwest Subsection AWWA conference in Tacoma, Washington. The Partnership received the award under the “Best Large Works Project” category, for the expansion of the new water treatment plant. The award recognizes outstanding water projects implementing creativity and innovation in planning or design, overall cost savings to the water using community, enhanced safety to the public and/or water resources, extended asset service life and sustainability.

Two Battalion Chiefs attending classes at the National Fire Academy

Battalion Chief’s Greg Barnum and James Doane were both accepted to attend classes at the Nation Fire Academy in Emmittsburg Maryland. Chief Barnum is attended a 6 day class, Command and Control of Multi Alarms. Chief Doane will be attended a 6 day class, Target Hazards. Both classes are scenario/practical based classes where students practice in the federal simulation lab on campus using the Incident Command System (ICS) system for large scale events. The National Fire Academy offers education/training for the students year around free of charge to fire personnel.

Firefighters Work with Construction Company on Rescue Procedures

Last week Lake Oswego firefighters worked with R&H construction on special rescue situations. R&H is the main contractor for the construction of phase II at Mary’s Woods along Hwy 43. This major construction site has many buildings at different stages of construction and different heights. Firefighters worked together with Cody Baker from R&H on safety equipment the workers use anytime they are above 6′.

Another item provided on the site is a special basket that can be attached to a forklift.

This basket is designed to assist in rescues from higher levels. Firefighters then conducted a walk through of the site to become familiar with the construction features and layout of the buildings.

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