Utility Work Wrapping Up!
Crews have installed 500 feet of new water main and almost 5,500 feet of upgraded stormwater pipes to help manage stormwater in the project area. Along with the new rain gardens that will be installed this fall, these improvements will address several areas that have historically experienced flooding or drainage issues, and will benefit the water quality of Tryon Creek.
Pictured above: crews use a “sheep’s foot” to help compact the gravel/fill in the trench where the new storm line was installed on D Avenue.
NW Natural is now complete with their gas relocation work! Today, they are cleaning up and demobilizing equipment in the area. City crews have also repaired the water line at the corner of 8th and D.
Thank you to everyone in the neighborhood for your patience during this phase of the project. The changing road closures have been frustrating for everyone and we certainly appreciate your understanding!
Next week, Emery plans to have a small crew working on consolidating rock piles, conducting televised inspections of storm lines and doing miscellaneous clean-up work in preparation for the major street work. In observance of Independence Day, no work will take place on July 4.
Road Reconstruction & Full Closures Set to Begin July 9
With crews wrapping up the utility work in the project area, the next stage of major road reconstruction on D Avenue is about to begin! The entire roadway will be dug-out, re-rocked, regraded, and repaved. A new sidewalk will be built, parking areas will be more obvious, and about 40 landscaped rain garden facilities will be installed to help manage street runoff.
To enable this work, starting the week of July 9, full (24/7) road closures will be in place in multiple block segments along D Avenue. The first segment to close will be from 1st Street to 4th Street. The second segment will be from 4th to 7th, the third from 7th to 10th and final segment from State to 1st. By mid-July, the entire ten blocks of D Avenue will be closed to all traffic 24/7 for up to eight weeks.
At most times during this closure, the contractor will maintain north/south access through the intersections of D Avenue at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Streets (see map below). There will be short-term closures at these intersections while crews excavate the road. 1st Street, between D and E Avenues, will also be closed temporarily (up to three days) during the first base lift of paving.
Access for residents living in the closed areas on D Avenue will be maintained at most times, but there will be periods where driveways are blocked.
Access to D Avenue from alleys will be closed—alleys will be barricaded at D Avenue. Neighbors will need to access alleys from E or C Avenue.
On street-parking will be prohibited along D Avenue – neighbors will need to park on a side street.
Parking on Side Streets
Unfortunately, the project team recently received reports that some D Avenue residents have received nasty notes left on their cars from nearby neighbors while they have been parking on side streets.
Parking on a public street and in the public right-of-way is allowed. With major road construction taking place for the project, residents located within the D Avenue project area – particularly those without alley access – often do not have a choice but to park on side streets when their roads are closed and parking is prohibited in the work zone. These residents are impacted by construction taking place in front of their homes, which will continue through the fall.
Please have some patience and understanding for your neighbors as construction takes place in the neighborhood.
For more information about parking on a public street, read the recent “Ask a Cop” article in the Lake Oswego Review: https://portlandtribune.com/lor/48-news/398983-293170-ask-a-cop
Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
With all the work taking place in the neighborhood, please be alert, drive safely, choose another route and plan ahead for travel delays.
Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.