Construction Activities Begin Ramping Up Next Week

Wildish has started to bring equipment and supplies to a lot at the W. Sunset Drive intersection, which the city purchased to help reduce construction traffic and disruption on nearby streets. This week, crews are installing erosion control and tree protection fencing at the site.

Tree Removal

On Thursday,  June 20, Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, crews plan to begin removing approximately 130 trees located within the project corridor, which are permitted for removal. Lane closures will be in place to accommodate equipment during tree removal.

Construction will widen Boones Ferry Road to make room for new public features – which is a big reason for removing utility poles and placing them underground. For the same reason, some trees need to be removed. However, more than 170 new trees will be planted, and more than 80 trees will be preserved and protected in the corridor. For more information about tree removal and the planting plan, view the reference materials.

Lane Closures Coming Soon

Boones Ferry Road, between Madrona and Lanewood, will be completely rebuilt while still being open to traffic. Starting the week of June 24, you’ll notice a temporary lane reduction between Madrona Street and Bryant Road. Instead of four lanes, there will be three: one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane. That will give crews room to maneuver and still keep the road open, though at times there will be flaggers and brief delays.

One of the first major construction tasks is to move utility lines underground, then remove utility poles to make room for new street features. Here’s the schedule of tasks, subject to change, through this year’s dry season:

  • Late spring – mobilization, traffic shift, tree removal, survey staking, utility locates
  • Summer – excavation of utility trench, utility relocation work, concrete flatwork, retaining walls
  • Late summer – early fall – street grading, base paving, landscaping and irrigation, permanent signs

Please note, construction activity and schedules change frequently due to weather, issues in the field, and other variables. We will strive to keep everyone informed through these regular updates.

Active Work Throughout the Corridor

To minimize impacts, the contractor is aiming to build the major streetscape improvements in three different concentrated portions, working from the southern end (Madrona) to the northern end (Lanewood). The first major work zone, between Madrona and Bryant, is expected to take about nine months. Within this zone, crews plan to work on the west side of the road first, then switch to the east side, and then the middle median. However, due to the complexity of the project, there will be times where multiple crews are actively working throughout the project corridor and on some side streets.

Shop Local – Shop Lake Grove!

Boones Ferry Road and all its businesses will remain open during construction, so come out and support the businesses that support our community! Follow the blue cones and blue signs to enter business driveway points within the work zones.

Businesses, Neighbors Meet the Contractor

About 70 residents, businesses and property owners came along to meet Wildish crew members and project personnel on June 6 at the LO Maintenance Center. Thank you to everyone for attending! A summary of the meeting will be posted shortly on our materials page.

Business Visits

Project staff and the contractor have been out visiting businesses between Madrona and Bryant Road this week. Business visits will continue over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you and working with you during this major project.

General Information

Project approved work hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, weekends 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and night work from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Most work will take place during the day, but because the project is large and complex, there will be times when work will occur at night. Night activities may include utility shutdowns, setting up traffic shifts, intersection work and paving.

For more information, visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, or call 503-697-6573.