Construction Update 8/3/18

The major road excavation is now complete along the ten blocks of D Avenue! Starting today, the concrete crews are beginning to install stakes and place forms in preparation for the concrete flatwork. Next week, the concrete placement will begin for the roadway edging, valley gutters and intersection curbs. This work is expected to continue for a few weeks. Neighbors will notice an increase in concrete trucks coming and going from the project area.

There will be times when driveways on D Avenue will be blocked during the concrete work, and residents will need to park on side streets. Crews will work one-on-one with residents to provide reasonable and safe access. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!

While it might not look like much activity is taking place in some of the closed areas, the entire roadway is dug out. Crews are moving up and down the corridor throughout the day. Manholes are exposed. Trenches are open. Survey stakes are being placed. Concrete forms are being installed, and starting next week, concrete will be poured along the entire corridor. D Avenue is completely closed to east-west traffic from State to 10th Streets. If you need to cross D Avenue, please only use 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th Streets. All other streets and alleys are closed at D.

As a reminder, please do not park in the alleys. This blocks emergency access and Republic Service garbage collection.

Don’t be this person! Road closed means YOU!

It’s pretty simple, when there’s a road closed sign posted, it means the road is CLOSED…for all vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Disobeying the road closed signs and driving through the closed areas – like this person pictured in the black car – is a traffic violation. LOPD has issued many citations, and continues to patrol the neighborhood.

Last week after work hours, one vehicle drove around the barricades at 5th and D, into the work zone, through an irrigation trench and crashed into a newly installed storm line manhole. The damage was so intense that the manhole needed to be completely dug out and replaced. A police report has been filed. If anyone has more information about this incident, please contact LOPD on 503-635-0238.

Traffic and Safety Issues Escalating

Unfortunately, traffic and safety violations are escalating on D Avenue. Not only are people cutting through the closed areas, during and after work hours, but road closure barricades and sidewalk signs are being moved out of the road and alleys. Safety caution tape is being cut and ripped off from the barricades and signs (pictured below). This is happening multiple times a day, and it is not only impacting Emery’s productivity and ability to conduct their work safely, but it is impacting the public’s safety.

The road closed signs and caution tape are there for a reason – to keep you and the crews safe. Please do not attempt to move the signs or pull the tape off. The City is increasing surveillance through increased police patrols and the project team may also install security cameras.

All drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – please use the open streets (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th) to cross D. The other cross streets and all alleys are CLOSED to through traffic between C and E Avenues 24/7.

Please do your part to stay safe, keep our construction crews safe, and keep this project moving towards the finish line.

For more information contact the project team. 

Construction Update 7/24/18

The big dig is underway on D Avenue! Crews have excavated and re-rocked the roadway from 1st to 5th, and continue to progress west towards 10th.

Two roadway segments on D Avenue are currently closed 24/7 to all through traffic – from 1st to 4th and 4th to 7th. In the next few days, the third segment – 7th to 10th – will close. Early next week, State to 1st will close for the excavation work.

Warning!

Despite the signage and persistent reminders, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians continue to cut-through the closed areas. LOPD has issued several citations to people for disobeying the signage and cutting around the road closure barricades.

So that everyone stays safe, please obey the signage and allow extra time to get around the neighborhood. All drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – please use the open streets (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th) to cross D. The other cross streets are CLOSED to all through traffic between C and E Avenues.

A Ballet in Motion?

One resident recently described Emery’s operation of machinery and material as looking like a ballet. This construction certainly requires being methodical, efficient and active, plus, it does tell a story!

Check out this video captured last Friday that shows the road excavation “ballet” taking place at the intersection of D and 4th.

As shown in the video, during this phase of major road work, one crew is excavating the road/existing asphalt and underlying soil, then placing fabric and installing new structural base rock before moving up to the next segment. The asphalt and soil are loaded into separate trucks for reuse. The soil is used as clean, fill dirt and the asphalt is recycled at an asphalt plant.

Mid-late next week, crews will begin preparing for the concrete flatwork to form the sidewalks/ concrete bands/ curbs. Truck traffic will be coming and going as crews excavate the entire roadway, form concrete and prepare the road for new pavement. The first base layer of asphalt is expected to be placed later in August.

Night Work and Water Shutoff Reminder: Thursday, July 26 – Friday, July 27

Crews will be working on a water connection late this Thursday night, July 26 at the intersection of D Avenue and 1st Street.

Water service to residences and businesses along 1st Street, between B and D Avenue, and a portion of D Avenue, between State and 2nd Street will be shutoff on the late evening (11 p.m.) of Thursday, July 26 through the early morning (6 a.m.) of Friday, July 27Door hangers have been issued to affected residents and businesses.

To minimize impacts and inconveniences to both residents and businesses affected by the shutoff, this work will be conducted at night from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Crews will conduct as much preparatory work during normal work hours, but night work will result in noise from excavation equipment, truck traffic, movement of steel plates, running a hot saw, a generator and miscellaneous equipment.

Thank you for your patience!

Interesting Discoveries

It’s amazing what you find when you dig up the entire roadway. Who would have thought that during the road excavation, crews would have discovered an old concrete curb that was buried underneath part of the roadway along the entire length of D Avenue?

They’ve also uncovered portions of an old sidewalk! Pictured below, City Engineer Erica Rooney, is amazed at the discovery.

Contractor Appreciation

We’d like to give a shout out and a very special THANK YOU to the D Avenue neighbor who provided these tasty donuts last week to the crews! They really appreciated this kind gesture, thank you!

Key Reminders

At most times during the road closure, the contractor will maintain north/south access through the intersections of D Avenue at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Streets (see map). However, there will be short-term closures at these intersections while crews excavate the road.

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. Crews will work with residents to provide reasonable and safe access to homes while work is occurring.

Access to D Avenue from alleys is closed—alleys are barricaded at D Avenue. Neighbors need to access alleys from E or C Avenue.

Parkingthere is no on-street parking allowed in the closed areas along the D Avenue right-of-way. Neighbors and visitors should park on a side street. Please obey the signage – cars will be towed if they are parked illegally.

Fire and emergency services will always have access to the neighborhood.

Mail, deliveries, and garbage services will be maintained.

We understand how inconvenient and disruptive construction is and we thank you for your patience while we make these important improvements!

General Information

Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates. You can also check out the City’s social media accounts for videos and photos.

For more information contact the project team!

Reminder: Full Road Closure Starts Next Week

The next phase of work is set to begin on the project! This will result in full (24-hour) road closures in multiple block segments along D Avenue for up to eight weeks.

Drivers, pedestrians & cyclists – please be alert, avoid the closure zones, plan ahead for travel delays and use one of the four open cross streets to access the neighborhood (see below).

Starting the week of July 16, crews will begin implementing the closures in segments. 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 the final segment from State to 1st. Within a week, the entire ten blocks is expected to be closed to all through traffic traveling east/west – including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. North/south access points to cross D will be maintained at most times at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Streets.

During the major road work, one crew will excavate the road/existing asphalt and underlying soil, install new structural base rock, and then move up to the next segment. Concrete crews would then arrive to form the sidewalks/valley gutters/curbs, and move onto the next segment. The next activity would include constructing the stormwater planters, then placing the first layer of paving (likely late August). The final activity would be planting the final landscaping, placing the final layer of paving and installing the lighting (in the fall).

Access

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). However, 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. Crews will work with residents to provide reasonable and safe access to homes while work is occurring.

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.

Road Reconstruction – What to Expect

Disruption – road reconstruction work is loud, dusty, creates vibration and causes traffic delays. D Avenue will be completely dug-out, re-rocked, regraded, and then repaved. Truck traffic will be coming and going as crews excavate the entire roadway, form concrete and prepare the road for new pavement.

Neighbors have already experienced an increase in dust with the utility work. Unfortunately, this will continue with the road reconstruction work, but crews will be running their water truck regularly to help manage this as best as possible.

Parkingthere will be no on-street parking allowed in the closed areas along the D Avenue right-of-way. Neighbors and visitors will need to park on a side street. Please obey the signage – cars will be towed if they are parked illegally.

Fire and emergency services will always have access to the neighborhood.

Mail, deliveries, and garbage services will be maintained.

We understand how inconvenient and disruptive construction is and we thank you for your patience while we make these important improvements!

Night Work and Water Shutoff – July 26-July 27

Preliminary scheduling shows water service to residences and businesses along 1st Street, between B and D Avenue, and a portion of D Avenue, between State and 2nd Street will be shutoff on the late evening (11 p.m.) of Thursday, July 26 through the early morning (6 a.m.) of Friday, July 27.

The purpose of the shutoff is to connect a new valve to an existing waterline at the intersection of D Avenue and 1st Street as part of the project.

To minimize impacts and inconveniences to both residents and businesses affected by the shutoff, this work will be conducted at night from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. Crews will conduct as much preparatory work during normal work hours, but night work will result in noise from excavation equipment, truck traffic, movement of steel plates, running a hot saw, a generator and miscellaneous equipment. This work is expected to take one night to complete.

48-hours prior to the shutoff, residents and businesses that are affected will receive a door hanger notifying you of the shutoff event.

Vandalism and Littering

On a disappointing note, the temporary construction trailer located at the 10th Street/C Avenue reservoir site was recently vandalized with dog excrement. In addition, dog owners or keepers have been littering – several bags of dog excrement have been left throughout the reservoir site on multiple occasions.

City Code requires that all dog owners or keepers of dogs promptly remove all excrement or other solid waste deposited by their dog in public spaces.

The City has begun monitoring the site more intensely due to recent vandalism activity. We are also asking neighbors to please keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to the Lake Oswego Police Department, 503-635-0238.

Interacting with the Construction Crews

Construction is disruptive, impactful and an inconvenience. Crews are trying to conduct the work as efficiently as possible.   For safety reasons, please do not attempt to interrupt their work, nor approach them or their vehicles and equipment within the work zone areas.  It is not safe and it is distracting to the workers, ultimately affecting their efficiency.  If you have concerns or questions about the project, please contact the project team directly and we will address your concerns promptly. This way we keep the area safe, not only for the workers but also for residents and pedestrians.

Thank you for abiding by our continued request to not enter the work zone or disrupt the workers.

General Information

Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.

D Avenue Road Closure Now Expected to Start July 16

With minor work taking place this week, and some outstanding storm inlets and other miscellaneous work remaining, crews are now expecting to start the road excavation work the week of July 16.

This will result in full (24/7) road closures in multiple block segments along D Avenue for up to eight weeks. 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.

Neighborhood Access

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.

D Avenue Residents

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.

We understand how inconvenient and disruptive construction is and we thank you for your patience while we make these important improvements.

General Information

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.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.

Construction Update 6/29/18

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.

Access

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

General Information

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.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.

 

Construction Update 6/21/18

Major Utility Work Almost Complete

Most of the major utility work on potions of 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets is complete. Over the next two weeks, crews will be making some minor adjustments to manholes, catch basin inlets and conducting other miscellaneous activities. Final restoration of these side streets is expected to occur in mid-July.

Emery is targeting to have all the major pipe in the ground along D Avenue, including new laterals, inlets, manholes etc., by the end of June. [Pictured below: crews install a new storm line and manholes in the intersection of D Avenue and 10th Street earlier this week.]

During the week of Fourth of July, 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.

NW Natural Gas has finished relocating their gas main, and is progressing with the service connections. We expect this work to be complete by the end of next week. For questions regarding this work, please contact Rich Girard on 503-226-4211 or r2g@nwnatural.com.

Water Line Repair Begins Next Week

Now that the new storm line has been installed between 7th and 10th Street on D Avenue and is in service, City crews can start repairing the water line in the intersection of 8th Street and D Avenue. Crews expect to start on Monday, June 25 and take about a week to complete the repair. During this time, there will be some minor water service interruptions (temporary shut-offs for short durations). Impacted neighbors will be notified in advance via a door hanger. Temporary road closures will be in place during this work. Check out the road closures page for daily road closures.

Next Steps: Street Excavation

Emery’s goal is to start the major street excavation work along D Avenue in mid-July. This will result in full 24/7 road closures on D Avenue for up to two months. We will provide more information once the date is known. Crews will likely begin implementing the rolling closures at 1st Street, working west towards 10th.

1st Street between D and E Avenues will also be closed temporarily during the first base lift of paving. Once all the major street work is done and D Avenue is ready to be paved, 1st Street will receive the final top lift of asphalt.

For more information about the overall work plan, visit our project schedule page.

Other News

Daily Road Closure Information

Unfortunately, with the nature of the work occurring and the number of crews operating during this phase of the project, road closures in the project area change on a daily basis. We understand this is frustrating for everyone in the neighborhood and we appreciate your patience.

For those interested in finding out more about what roads are closed each work day, we’ve set up a new “road closures” page that you can access through the project website. We will aim to update the information on this page once we get confirmation from the crews working that day.

The City is also in the process of setting up an agency/organization account with Nextdoor, an online neighborhood forum, where we can then provide targeted information to the First Addition neighborhood regarding the daily closures. Once this is set-up, we will post the daily closures there as well.

Alleyway Maintenance

The City is acquiring a piece of equipment that will allow our Public Works crews to improve the surface of the alleys by grading out potholes and redressing the alleys on an annual basis. The City will be regrading all the alleys surrounding the D Avenue project area as soon as the major project related work is complete and D Avenue is repaved.  The alley work is tentatively scheduled to take place later this fall.

 Garbage Collection

To ensure garbage collection is maintained for all residents in the neighborhood while the project is underway, Republic Services is temporarily starting their collection rounds an hour earlier (5 a.m.). Emery is also starting work an hour later on Fridays, to minimize any conflicts with project crews and collection services.

General Information

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 or plan ahead for travel delays.

Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.

10th Street Temporary Road Closure: 6/18 – 6/19

On Monday, June 18, and Tuesday, June 19, crews expect to be working in and across the intersection of 10th Street and D Avenue to install a new storm line. During this time, 10th Street will be closed to through traffic between C Avenue and Bayberry Road. D Avenue will also be closed at 9th Street.

Please follow traffic signage and plan ahead for travel delays.

Access will be maintained for residents located within the closed area.

 

Construction Update 6/5/18

Construction continues on the project in the First Addition Neighborhood. Emery is currently working on installing storm lines on 7th Street and D Avenue, and water line service connections on 1st Street. Soon, crews will start working on the storm lines on 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues. NW Natural is also working in multiple block segments on D Avenue to relocate their gas main.

Safety is by far our first priority. Thank you to neighbors, pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic for avoiding the active work zones and closed areas during work hours. Construction sites are busy places with lots of moving equipment, open trenches and deliveries of materials. Please continue to use another side street or alley to get to your destination, and abide by the traffic control signage. This is to maintain the safety of all.

NW Natural Gas Relocation Continues

NW Natural Gas continues to relocate their gas main on D Avenue. This relocation has been slow. As a result, Emery continues to shift their work plan, as most of NW Natural’s relocation work needs to be completed before the major road reconstruction work can take place along D Avenue.

We continue to coordinate with NW Natural. For concerns or questions regarding this work, including potential temporary gas service shut-offs, please contact Rich Girard on 503-226-4211 or r2g@nwnatural.com.

Major Utility Work Underway

Crew 1 has been working on the new storm line along 7th Street, between B and D Avenues. [Pictured below: Emery backfills the trench on 7th Street near C Avenue, after installing new storm line.]

This work is expected to be complete by tomorrow. Crew 1 will then move to 8th Street at D Avenue and progress north towards E Avenue installing a new storm line.  8th Street between D and E Avenues is expected to be closed during work hours for up to two weeks.

Crew 2 continues to install the new storm line on D Avenue, currently working between 7th Street and 9th Street with temporary rolling road closures in place. They expect to be at 10th Street by the end of the week. From here, Crew 2 plans to move to 9th Street between D and E Avenues to install a new storm line.

Work is almost complete on the water line for 1st Street between E and D Avenues. This week, Crew 3 will be working on testing and chlorinating the new line, and installing water services. During this time, there will be some minor water service interruptions (temporary shut-offs for short durations). Impacted neighbors will be notified in advance via a door hanger. This work should be wrapped up by June 15.

Overall Work Plan

Given NW Natural’s progress with the gas line relocation, the full 24/7 road closures for D Avenue (and part of 1st Street during paving) won’t likely be in place until late July. We will provide more information once the date is known. This closure is expected to be in place for up to two months.

For more information about the overall work plan, visit our project schedule page.

LOCAL ACCESS ONLY – What Does That Mean?

If you are a resident in the neighborhood, or have driven through the area recently, you’ve probably come across one of the road closure signs that says “road closed to thru traffic local access only”.

You are only considered “local” if you live on the street within the closed area and need to get into the immediate area, not through it. This includes residents who live on the closed street, emergency vehicles, visitors, babysitters, landscape workers, garbage and recycling vehicles or deliveries. Everyone else is considered “thru traffic” (including other neighborhood residents and traffic) and must take another route to get to their destination.

So that everyone stays safe, please obey the signage and allow extra time to get around the neighborhood. If people continue to cut-through the work zones, police will be conducting extra patrols.

General Information

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 or plan ahead for travel delays.

Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.

Construction Update 5/22/18

There is a lot of activity taking place in the project area right now. Emery and Sons Construction Group (Emery) is now working on installing storm lines on 7th Street and D Avenue, and a water line on 1st Street. NW Natural is also working in multiple block segments on D Avenue to relocate their gas main.

Important Safety Reminders

Safety is by far our first priority. This is an important reminder to vehicular traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and neighbors: please avoid accessing the active work zones and closed areas during work hours. Construction sites are busy places with lots of moving equipment, open trenches and deliveries of materials. Please use another side street or alley to get to your destination, and abide by the traffic control signage. This is to maintain the safety of all.

LOCAL ACCESS ONLY – What Does That Mean?

You are only considered “local” if you live on the street within the closed area and need to get into the immediate area, not through it. This includes residents who live on the closed street, emergency vehicles, visitors, babysitters, landscape workers, garbage and recycling vehicles or deliveries. Everyone else is considered “thru traffic” (including other neighborhood residents and traffic) and must take another route to get to their destination.

So that everyone stays safe, please obey the signage and allow extra time to get around the neighborhood. If people continue to cut-through the work zones, police will be conducting extra patrols.

Tree and Brush Removal Continues

Crews have started removing some trees, shrubs and brush located in the work zones. This work is now expected to continue for another two weeks. During this time, crews will also trim tree branches that are overhanging into the right-of-way in areas where the contractor needs additional clearance.

NW Natural Gas Relocation

NW Natural Gas is now working on relocating their gas main on D Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets. This relocation has been slower than originally anticipated. As a result, Emery continues to shift their work plan, as most of NW Natural’s relocation work needs to be completed before the major road reconstruction work can take place along D Avenue.

We continue to coordinate with NW Natural. For concerns or questions regarding this work, including potential temporary gas service shut-offs, please contact Rich Girard on 503-226-4211 or r2g@nwnatural.com.

Major Utility Work Progressing

Last night, Crew 1 finished installing the storm line on 1st Street between D and E Avenues (pictured below). The intersection at E Avenue and 1st Street is now back open, but 1st Street will remain closed between D and E Avenues as a third crew will be working to install the water line. This work is expected to continue for another two weeks.

There will be some minor anticipated water service interruptions (temporary shut-offs for 1 hour approx.). These will take place on 1st Street when crews switch over the water services to the new line. Impacted neighbors will be notified in advance via a door hanger.

Today, Crew 1 is moving to the corner of 7th Street and B Avenue to begin installing the storm line on 7th. The intersection at B and 7th remains open, but the road is closed on 7th Street between B and C Avenues. This work will progress north towards D Avenue over the next few weeks.

Crew 2 is making good progress installing the storm line on D Avenue. They moved across the intersection of 5th Street yesterday, and are now working between 5th and 6th Streets. This one block is closed to through traffic during work hours. Crew 2 expects to be at the intersection of D Avenue and 7th Street by the end of next week, and will continue working west towards 10th through mid-June with rolling temporary road closures.

For more information about the overall work plan, visit our project schedule page.

General Information

Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no work on Monday, May 28.

With all the work taking place in the neighborhood, please be alert, drive safely, choose another route or plan ahead for travel delays.

As noted, construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.

Construction Update 5/8/18

Preliminary Work Continues

Emery and Sons Construction Group (Emery) crews have started mobilizing equipment and installing tree protection fencing (shown below) in the right-of-way throughout the project area. This will continue over the next day or so.

Tree protection fencing is required by city code to be installed around trees that are 5-inches or larger in diameter.

Also this week, erosion control and work zone fencing will be installed throughout the work zone on D. These measures will help prevent sediment from washing off the project and clearly delineate the active work area (or “extent of work”) that is expected to be disturbed during construction. Crews will also be installing a 40 ft. long construction trailer at the reservoir site on the corner of C Avenue and 10th Street.

No excavation work or tree removal work can begin until all of the tree protection and erosion control measures are in place, inspected and approved.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, crews expect to begin removing the 49 trees located in the right-of-way which are permitted for removal. Trees will be chipped on-site using a large chipper truck, and hauled off-site for recycling and reuse. Neighbors should expect to see and hear a large chipper truck and crews using chainsaws. Temporary block closures will be in place as crews move through the corridor along D.

The tree removal work is expected to last about two weeks. During this time, crews will also trim tree branches that are overhanging into the right-of-way in areas where the contractor needs additional clearance.

Smaller shrubs and landscaping that is slated for removal and located within the active work area on D will also be cleared and removed. Please note, in March, letters were sent to every property owner along D outlining the extent of work and notifying owners to relocate or move any landscaping or improvements before construction starts.

In preparation for the major utility work, crews will also begin saw-cutting parts of the roadway in the project area.

NW Natural Gas Relocation Continues

NW Natural’s gas relocation work has been progressing slower than originally anticipated. As a result, Emery is now having to shift their work plan, as most of NW Natural’s relocation work needs to be completed before a lot of the major City work to take place along D Avenue.

We continue to coordinate with NW Natural. For concerns or questions regarding this work, including potential temporary gas service shut-offs, please contact Rich Girard on 503-226-4211 or r2g@nwnatural.com.

Emergency Water line Repair Postponed

After uncovering all existing utilities in the intersection at D Avenue and 8th Street city crews discovered that the existing storm line is located closer to the connection point of the water line that needs to be repaired. This means they will have to postpone the repair until after the new storm line is installed and the old storm line is removed from service.

Major Utility Work Starts May 14

Emery plans to have two main crews working throughout the project duration, now starting on Monday, May 14.

The first crew is set to begin on 1st Street at the intersection of D, installing a new storm line and manholes at the intersection then new water and storm pipes up the length of 1st Street to E Avenue.   This work 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.

There will be some minor anticipated water service interruptions (temporary shut-offs for 1 hour approx.). These will take place on 1st Street when crews switch over the water services to the new line. Impacted neighbors will be notified in advance via a door hanger.

The second crew is set to begin at 4th and D (near the library), installing a new storm line and manholes, and then working towards 5th. Work in this area is expected to take about a week, then crew 2 will likely shift to 7th Street (at B), to install a new storm line. This is dependent on NW Natural’s progress.

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.

Overall Work Plan (*subject to change!)

The estimated duration for Emery’s underground utility work is about 6 weeks, however, this is subject to NW Natural’s progress. Daily road closures will be in place in the work zones during the majority of the big pipe work. Roads will be open after work hours during the utility work.

Once all the underground utility work is done, the major road reconstruction work will begin and this will result in full (24/7) rolling road closures. For this work, crews expect to start on D Avenue at 1st Street and work west to 10th, then loop back to do the block between State and 1st.

During the major road work, one crew will excavate the road/existing asphalt, rock it back, then move up to the next segment. Concrete crews would then arrive to form the sidewalks/valley gutters/curbs, and move onto the next segment. The next activity would be constructing the stormwater planters, then paving (likely late August). The final activity would be planting the final landscaping and installing the lighting (in the fall).

Full road closures will be needed along D Avenue in order for crews to conduct the work in a phased approach. Emery expects the full closures to be in place for 6 – 8 weeks (possibly starting in mid-late June). During this period, the contractor will maintain north/south access through the intersections of D Avenue at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th (refer to road closure map below).  The work in the intersections will require flagged traffic at that time.

Residents located in the closure zones will be notified in advance of the full road closures via a door hanger, along with the email updates and website posts.

Neighbors Meet the Contractor

About 20 neighbors came along to meet Emery and Sons Construction Group on April 26 at the Adult Community Center. Thanks to everyone for attending on such a bright and beautiful sunny evening! A summary of the meeting is now available on our ‘materials’ page. Please review the summary for more details about what was presented and questions asked during the meeting.

General Information

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 or plan ahead for travel delays.

As noted, construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.