Construction Update 11/19/18

Over the last few weeks, Emery crews and subcontractor crews have been focused on a list of outstanding and miscellaneous activities throughout the corridor.

Final concrete pours and clean-up work took place last week, which means the new sidewalk is now finished! This sidewalk provides a safe and much-needed walkable pedestrian route along the entire length of D Avenue, from State Street to 10th Street!

The bollard lighting that will illuminate the new sidewalk has been installed. Inspections are taking place this week, and the new lights are expected to be energized by Thanksgiving.

Intermittent daytime block closures continue along D Avenue. Please be safe and obey road closure signs. D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed until major landscaping is complete in that block. Access is maintained for residents.

Stormwater Planters and Landscaping

Emery is expected to finish their major excavation and earth movement work by Thanksgiving. This includes preparing more than 40 stormwater planters, as well as other landscaped areas abutting the sidewalk (shown below) and parking stalls.

Due to landscape crew availability, soil placement and irrigation has been slow. We are expecting shrubs, trees and plants will begin arriving next week, and continue to be planted through December.

This week, there will be a small crew working. No work will take place on Thursday, November 22, or Friday, November 23, in honor of Thanksgiving Weekend.

Restoration and Clean-up

General project wide clean-up and punch-list to-do items continue. Emery has been installing parking rock aggregate in parking areas along D Avenue (shown in the first photo). Crews will also be placing bark mulch or hydro seed in areas that need to be restored.

Pavement striping will be placed in the coming weeks. All work is expected to be complete in early January.

Project Celebration – Spring 2019

The City and project team would like to hold a celebration with the neighborhood, possibly in spring 2019. This has been a mammoth project, one which we would like to commemorate with you. Although we anticipate all work to be done by early January, the spring might be a better time to hold a street celebration. Stay tuned for more information!

Construction Update 10/19/18

Work on the project has ramped up significantly in the last few weeks. In addition to our primary contractor (Emery), there are as many as five subcontractors working along D Avenue, and periodic visits from PGE crews at any given time.

Crews, each with their own materials and multiple pieces of equipment, are working from one end of the project to the other. For the safety of the workers and the public, daytime block closures will again be implemented along the entire ten blocks of D Avenue. Most N/S intersections will remain open.

  • The closures are limited to daytime working hours (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.
  • Access for residents with driveways on D Avenue will be coordinated.

We understand this is an inconvenience, but safety is our top priority and the end is near!

Major Paving Complete!

Earlier this week, crews placed the final top lift of asphalt on D Avenue. 8th and 9th Streets, between D and E Avenues were also paved, along with a portion of 7th Street and 1st Street. There are often circumstances beyond our control that affect construction schedules. Thank you to neighbors for your continued patience and understanding during the changing paving schedule.

Weather permitting, crews plan to pave the alley approaches and remaining driveway approaches mid next week.

New Sidewalk Almost Open!

Crews are progressing well with the new sidewalk. The areas where the sidewalk crosses alleys are being poured today, to allow enough cure time before Republic Services’ garbage collection next Friday. The new sidewalk should be complete by the end of month – just in time for Halloween trick or treating! Although the sidewalk will be complete, landscaping is just getting underway, so watch for open areas and stick to the sidewalk.

The electrical subcontractor is almost complete, and the new bollards will be energized shortly.

Stormwater Facilities and Landscaping

This week, the landscaping subcontractor has been installing irrigation and started placing some of the soil for the rain gardens and stormwater facilities.

Neighbors may have noticed the large excavated areas along D Avenue – these are the stormwater facilities that will eventually be vegetated planters that filter the sediments and pollutants from street runoff, before sending it to Tryon Creek.

These are layered with open graded rock (no fine material) that allows for storage volume. An 18-inch thick layer of planting soil will be placed on top of the rock, followed by the plants. The finish grade of the planters will slope from the road edge to the center of the planter, allowing for appropriate storage and treatment of the runoff.

More than 40 stormwater facilities are being installed along the entire length of D Avenue.

Restoration and Clean-up

Miscellaneous clean-up, restoration and punch-list work will take place over the next couple of months. At this stage, all work is expected to be complete in early January.

Paving Schedule Update

Good news: NW Natural Gas has informed the asphalt plants that natural gas supplies will resume tomorrow morning, allowing for the renewed production of asphalt.  The City’s contractor was able to receive supply preference and paving crews are currently scheduled to pave the portions on 7th, 8th and 9th tomorrow, Friday, October 12.

Due to contractor availability and scheduling demands, crews are not currently planning to work this weekend. Paving is expected to resume on Monday, October 15, and Tuesday, October 16, on D Avenue and a portion of 1st Street.

Normal work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. However, during this critical window of suitable paving weather, extended hours of work will be available to the contractor if needed.

7th Street between C and D Avenue, and 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, remain closed 24/7 until all asphalt has been placed. The rough subgrade of the road is exposed, and any traffic will damage it. Please obey road closure signs – police are conducting extra patrols.

When crews pave the final lift on D Avenue, rolling block closures will be in place. Watch for flaggers to direct traffic to open roads – please use 10th Street, and E and C Avenues to avoid the paving operation.

A big thank you to neighbors for your patience!

Paving Delay

Due to a significant gas pipeline explosion in Canada, all asphalt plants in the Portland Metro Area were shut-down this morning by NW Natural Gas. Paving crews were unable to receive enough asphalt, which has impacted the paving schedule for 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets, and D Avenue. Crews were originally scheduled to pave today through Friday, but this is on hold as it is unknown when the asphalt plants will be reopened and producing asphalt.

In preparation for final paving, the pavement on 7th Street between C and D Avenue, and 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, was milled and removed yesterday. The rough subgrade of the road is exposed, and any traffic on it will disturb the subgrade material (shown below). Due to the asphalt delay, these streets will remain closed to all traffic 24/7 until asphalt can be placed.

Given this unforeseen circumstance, work hours may be extended through this weekend – possibly including Sunday – to allow asphalt to be placed on these streets.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding in this situation.

Construction Update 10/9/18

Final Paving Starts Tomorrow!

Today, crews are grinding out the old asphalt on 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenue, and a portion of 7th Street between C and D Avenues.  The grinding crew is expected to complete their work today, possibly working as late as 8 p.m.

The grinding operation can be messy, as the asphalt is removed and the rough subgrade of the road is exposed. It is not pleasant to drive on and could become quite muddy – these roads will be closed 24/7 until final paving is complete later this week.

On Wednesday, October 10, through Friday, October 12, crews expect to place the final layer of asphalt along the entire ten blocks of D Avenue. Additionally, crews will place 5” of new asphalt in two lifts on 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, 7th Street mid-block between C and D Avenues, and a small portion of 1st Street near D Avenue.

When crews pave the final lift on D Avenue, rolling block closures will be in place. Watch for flaggers to direct traffic to open roads – please use 10th Street, and E and C Avenues to avoid the paving operation.

During the grinding and paving work, 7th, 8th, 9th and 1st Streets will be closed to all traffic, so the new asphalt can completely cure. There will be no on-street parking on the streets to be paved – while it is always a last resort, cars will be towed if necessary to keep the paving crews moving. Resident driveway access on these streets will be blocked. Alley access will be closed at D Avenue – please use E or C Avenues.

1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets, and D Avenue are expected to be back open to traffic the day after the final lift of asphalt is placed.

Neighbors should expect an increase in noise and vibration during the paving preparation and placement. Crews will be using a vibratory roller to compact the rock and newly placed asphalt, which creates vibration. This is a standard piece of equipment that is used throughout the paving industry.

State Street Lane Closure – Now Open

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the State Street lane closure was extended through this morning to allow the new pedestrian ramps time to cure and pavement to cool. Good news – the lane is now back open. Thank you to everyone for your patience during this temporary closure.

D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed through early next week while crews finish installing catch basins and prepare for final paving.

Sidewalk Pours Continue

Crews have started pouring new sidewalk along portions of D Avenue. Concrete crews are currently pouring sidewalk near 8th Street, working their way east.

Check out this video of crews pouring new sidewalk last week on D Avenue in between 4th and 5th Street.

New sidewalk will be poured on the north side of D Avenue between 10th and 5th Streets, and on the south side of D Avenue from 5th to State Street. This work is expected continue through this month.

When the forms are placed for the new sidewalk and the concrete is poured, nearby alleys and driveways will be barricaded and closed at D Avenue to allow the concrete time to cure. During this time, residents who take driveway access on D Avenue will need to park on a side street. If you need to enter or exit the alleys, please use E Avenue or C Avenue. To ensure garbage collection is maintained, sidewalk pours across the alleys will be coordinated with Republic Services’ schedule.

If you live on D Avenue and your driveway will be impacted, you will receive a door hanger notifying you of the upcoming closure dates. Please plan to move your car(s) out of the driveway before 7 a.m. on the day the forms are installed, and park on nearby a side street until the concrete has cured.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Saturday Work 10/6 & State St. Lane Closure Extended

Concrete crews are busy forming and pouring the new sidewalk and ADA pedestrian ramps along D Avenue. In order to stay on schedule, crews plan to work on placing forms tomorrow, Saturday, 10/6 along D Avenue. Saturday work hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

State Street (Hwy 43) Lane Closure – Extended through 10/9

Yesterday afternoon, crews hit a gas line at the corner of State Street and D Avenue, which impacted the paving and concrete schedule for this intersection. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, the State Street lane closure has been extended through Tuesday, October 9.

We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we continue to progress with this work.

Construction Update 9/28/18

This week, Emery has continued to work on the stormwater facilities, prepared for the sidewalk and started building some retaining walls.

The electrical crew has started installing electrical conduit and new bollard lighting adjacent to the new sidewalk location. This work will continue over the coming weeks.

Traffic Reminder: State Street/Hwy. 43 Lane Closure – Week of October 1

To meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, crews need to build new pedestrian curb ramps at the intersection of State Street (Hwy. 43) and D Avenue, and also repave this intersection. In order to safely conduct this work, the City is required to maintain a pedestrian route around the work zone, therefore, the outer (right) southbound lane on State Street at the intersection of D Avenue will be closed 24/7 from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5.

Watch for merge ahead signage alerting drivers of the lane closure. Please drive with caution, plan ahead and expect delays during this temporary closure.

Thank you for your continued patience as we progress with these improvements!

Sidewalk Pours Begin Next Week!

Due to scheduling conflicts, concrete crews are now expected to start pouring the new sidewalk next week, starting at 10th Street and working east. New sidewalk will be poured on the north side of D Avenue between 10th and 5th Streets, and on the south side of D Avenue from 5th to State Street. This work is expected to take at least three weeks to complete.

When the forms are placed for the new sidewalk and the concrete is poured, nearby alleys and driveways will be barricaded and closed at D Avenue to allow the concrete time to cure. During this time, residents who take driveway access on D Avenue will need to park on a side street. If you need to enter or exit the alleys, please use E Avenue or C Avenue. To ensure garbage collection is maintained, sidewalk pours across the alleys will be coordinated with Republic Services’ schedule.

If you live on D Avenue and your driveway will be impacted, you will receive a door hanger notifying you of the upcoming closure dates. Please plan to move your car(s) out of the driveway before 7 a.m. on the day the forms are installed, and park on nearby a side street until the concrete has cured. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Many of the large stormwater facilities have been excavated and are ready for the next phase of work. Landscaping crews will soon begin installing the irrigation system and the planting soil for the new planters and preparing for new landscaping.

Weather dependent, placement of the final paving lift is currently scheduled to take place October 10-12. This work will also include paving existing driveway aprons on D Avenue, 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, and a portion of 7th Street near D Avenue.

Construction Update 9/19/18

Over the last few weeks, Emery has focused on excavating the stormwater planters (treatment facilities) and rain gardens, installing liners, placing rock and beehive inlets (shown in the featured photos) and preparing for the new sidewalk.

This week, a new crew started installing electrical conduit for the bollard lighting and continues with sidewalk preparation.

Next week, concrete crews will arrive to begin pouring the new sidewalk! During the sidewalk work, alleys and driveways will be barricaded and closed at D Avenue to allow the concrete time to cure. During this time, residents who take driveway access on D will need to park on a side street. If you need to enter or exit the alleys, please use E Avenue or C Avenue.

In the coming weeks, landscaping crews will begin installing the irrigation system for the new planters and preparing for new landscaping.

Crews are working hard to get the sidewalk poured and major rain gardens excavated before the final lift of paving is placed. Due to paving sub-contractor availability, the final paving lift is now expected to take place the week of October 8. This will also include paving existing driveway aprons on D Avenue, 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, and a small portion of 7th Street near D Avenue.

State Street/Hwy. 43 Temporary Lane Closure – Early October

Crews need to rebuild new pedestrian curb ramps at the intersection of State Street (Hwy. 43) and D Avenue, and also repave this intersection. In order to safely conduct this work and to maintain a pedestrian route through this intersection, the outer southbound lane on State Street at the intersection of D Avenue will be closed 24/7 for about a week. This work is expected to start the first week of October.

Warning signage will be placed on Terwilliger Boulevard and on State Street to alert drivers of the upcoming lane closure and a construction speed limit of 25 MPH will be in place.

Please drive with caution, plan ahead and expect delays during this temporary closure.

Intermittent Daytime Closures Through Fall

Although the full closure for D Avenue between 1st and 10th Streets has been lifted, intermittent rolling daytime road closures will be in place in the blocks where crews are working. This is expected to continue through fall, as crews work on the final stages of the project. The first block of D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed to traffic, as pedestrian curb ramp work at the intersection of State Street is not yet complete.

Please note, when the final top lift of asphalt is placed on D Avenue in early October, the entire ten blocks of D Avenue will be closed and the 10th street detour will be in place.

To stay updated on daily closures, visit the road closures page.

Safety Reminder

Remember, the road closed signs and caution tape are there for a reason – to keep you and the crews safe. Please do your part to stay safe, keep our construction crews safe, and keep this project moving towards the finish line. Plan ahead for extra time to travel through the neighborhood.

For more information, please contact the project team.

Construction Update 9/7/18

Crews placed the first base layer of asphalt on D Avenue in late August, and lifted the full closure between 1st and 10th!

The first block of D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed to traffic, as pedestrian curb ramp work at the intersection of State Street is not yet complete.

Check out this video of paving taking place on D at 8th Street.

Late last month, 1st Street between D and E Avenue also received a new base layer of asphalt. The final lift will be completed later this month.

Last week, some minor restoration work took place on portions of 7thbetween B and D. Trench repair work also took place on 1st, 8th and 9th Street intersections with E Avenue. Restoration work will continue over the coming weeks. 8th and 9th Streets are expected to be repaved between D and E Avenues later this month when the final lift is paved on D Avenue.

Crews are now focused on excavating the stormwater planters (treatment facilities) and raingardens, installing liners, and placing rock. This week, they’ve been working on D Avenue between 8th and 10th Streets, and will continue to work east toward State Street.

Intermittent Daytime Closures Continue

Although the full closure for D Avenue between 1st and 10th Streets has been lifted, intermittent rolling daytime road closures will be in place in the blocks where crews are working. This is expected to continue through fall, as crews work on the final stages of the project. This work involves building the stormwater rain gardens, pouring the new sidewalks, installing the bollard lighting, installing the irrigation system, placing the landscaping, paving the final two-inch top lift of asphalt and miscellaneous restoration work.

To stay updated on daily closures, visit the road closures page.

Please note, there will be one more occurrence when the entire ten blocks of D Avenue will be closed and the 10th street detour will be in place – when the final top lift of asphalt is placed (now expected in late September or early October).

State Street/Hwy. 43 Temporary Lane Closure – Late September

Crews need to rebuild new pedestrian curb ramps at the intersection of State Street (Hwy. 43) and D Avenue, and also repave this intersection. In order to safely conduct this work and to maintain a pedestrian route through this intersection, the outer southbound lane on State Street at the intersection of D Avenue will be closed 24/7 for about a week. This work is expected to occur in late September.

Warning signage will be placed on Terwilliger Boulevard and on State Street to alert drivers of the upcoming lane closure and a construction speed limit of 25 MPH will be in place. Please drive with caution, plan ahead and expect delays during this temporary closure.

Safety Reminder

Remember, the road closed signs and caution tape are there for a reason – to keep you and the crews safe. Please do your part to stay safe, keep our construction crews safe, and keep this project moving towards the finish line. Plan ahead for extra time to travel through the neighborhood.

For more information contact the project team!

 

 

Construction Update 8/22/18

First Base Layer of Paving Starts Tomorrow!

On Thursday, August 23, through Saturday, August 25, crews expect to place the first three-inch base layer of asphalt along the entire ten blocks of D Avenue. Additionally, they will grind the existing asphalt and place new asphalt on 1st Street, between D and E Avenue.

This will result in a complete closure of 1st Street between D and E Avenue, and D Avenue between State and 10th Street – including all north/south cross streets. All traffic will be detoured to 10th Street, and E and C Avenues. This is to allow the new pavement enough time to cool. Flaggers will be stationed at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th to help redirect pedestrian, bike and vehicle traffic.

During paving, there will be no on-street parking on D Avenue or 1st Street, between D and E.

Driveway access will be blocked. Before work begins on Thursday morning (7 a.m.), please move your car and find an alternate place to park on a side street that is open. Streets are expected to be open to traffic the day after new asphalt has been placed.

Neighbors should expect an increase in noise and vibration during the paving preparation and placement. Crews will be using a vibratory roller to compact the rock and newly placed asphalt, which creates vibration. This is a standard piece of equipment that is used throughout the paving industry.

Extended Work Hours

In order to stay on schedule, work hours will be extended on the following days: Thursday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

A special thank you to neighbors on D Avenue for your continued patience with construction.

Intermittent Daytime Closures Resume August 27

Crews are hoping to reopen D Avenue to through traffic by August 27, in time for school! Although the FULL closure for the entire ten blocks will be lifted, intermittent daytime closures will resume through fall, as crews finish the final stages of the project. This work involves building the stormwater rain gardens, pouring the new sidewalk, installing the bollard lighting, placing the landscaping, paving the final two-inch top lift of asphalt and miscellaneous restoration work.

Please note, there will be one more occurrence when the entire roadway will be closed and the 10th street detour will be in place – when the final top lift of asphalt is placed (currently expected in mid-late September).

Safety Reminder

Remember, the road closed signs and caution tape are there for a reason – to keep you and the crews safe. Please do your part to stay safe, keep our construction crews safe, and keep this project moving towards the finish line. Plan ahead for extra time to travel through the neighborhood.

For more information contact the project team!

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