Construction Update 7/22/19

Upcoming Traffic Changes to Bryant/Firwood/Boones Ferry Intersection

On Wednesday 7/24, crews will be installing new traffic loops on Firwood Road as it approaches Boones Ferry Road between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Expect delays during this time, as lanes will be reduced.

On Wednesday night 7/24, crews are scheduled to close the current right turn pockets on Bryant Road and Firwood Road at the Boones Ferry intersection. Some existing striping will be removed and new temporary striping will be placed. The new configuration will have one combined left/through/right turn pocket on Bryant and Firwood at the intersection with Boones Ferry. This is expected to be in place through fall.

To implement this change, crews will work at night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The signal will be temporarily shut down and traffic will be flagged through the intersection. Please expect delays and obey flaggers’ directions.

With this temporary traffic change at the Bryant/Boones Ferry/Firwood intersection, please plan extra travel time and expect delays. We also encourage you to travel cautiously and use alternate routes if possible.

Both of these lane reductions will allow crews to work on the utilities and streetscape work on the Shell side of Firwood and widening of this portion of Bryant at the intersection (near Bank of America).

Once work is complete at this intersection, there will actually be one dedicated left, one dedicated straight and one dedicated right turn lane on the Bryant side of the intersection.

Click here to watch a video about this upcoming work.

The new intersection will have one dedicated left/straight/right lane on Bryant at the intersection with Boones Ferry Road.

Temporary Speed Reduction

To help provide a safer environment for the traveling public and construction workers, Council recently approved Ordinance 2825 to temporarily reduce the speed limit on a portion of Boones Ferry Road through the end of 2021. The new temporary speed limit will be 25 mph between Washington Court and Mercantile Drive (the current speed limit is 30 mph). Watch for new signage in the coming weeks. Please note, once signage is installed, fines are doubled in a construction zone. LOPD will be increasing patrols in the area throughout the project.

Upcoming Activities – Day and Night Work

Underground Utility Trench

Crews are working on new retaining walls and starting to excavate for the new underground utility trench in the work zone between Madrona and Bryant. The majority of this work is occurring during the daytime. Major utility crossings are expected to be done at night. Any temporary utility shutdowns will be coordinated with customers by each utility company.

During the trench excavation, businesses in the active work zone should expect driveways to remain open, however there may be temporary delays. Crews plan to excavate half at a time to maintain access. Please watch for flaggers and plan extra time.

Lake Grove Water Line

As part of the project, crews will also be installing a new water line for Lake Grove Water District. Due to the location of the new line being in the current travel lanes, this work will be done at night and traffic will be flagged. Please expect an increase in noise and traffic delays during the night work. Crews plan to start work just south of Madrona Street and head north towards the Bryant intersection, before turning onto Bryant. This work is expected to start the week of 7/30 and continue through August.

Demolition of Old Casa del Pollo Shed

Due to the road widening, the Casa del Pollo shed needs to be removed. Crews plan to start this demolition work later this week and continue through next week, with the work occurring off the travel lanes.

If you are wondering where Casa del Pollo has relocated, they are now at 15088 Bangy Road. Drop in and visit them at their new location!

Shop Local – Shop Lake Grove!

Boones Ferry Road and all its businesses 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. Pedestrians – please use the new temporary route delineated with barricades around the work zone.

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, utility crossings and paving.

Please note, construction activity and schedules change frequently due to weather, issues in the field, and other variables. Temporary traffic changes are also subject to change. We will do our best to keep you informed through these updates.

For more information, visit, email, or call 503-697-6573. You can also follow the city on social media with #boonesferryproject and #followthebluecones!