Construction Update 10/11/19

Utility Undergrounding

Since summer, crews have been primarily focused on installing the underground utility trench and vaults on Boones Ferry Road between Madrona and Bryant Roads.

Once crews have finished installing all the underground conduit and vaults in this first section (expected in the next month), each of the utility companies will arrive to pull their lines, configure their vaults, switch over services, and remove power poles. This utility switch over operation is expected to take a few months to complete. Some of this work will take place during the day, and some at night.

Any planned utility shutdowns for customers will be coordinated by the utility companies.

Storm and Waterlines

Installation of the new waterline on Firwood is almost complete. Next week, crews expect to test and disinfect the line, then install service connections and abandon the old existing line.

Work is progressing on the new stormwater line on Boones Ferry Road, between Madrona and Bryant Road.

During this night work, lanes are reduced and traffic is flagged 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. The signal at Bryant/Firwood/Boones Ferry is also flagged at night.

New Signal Poles

This week, the signal pole foundations were poured at the four corners of the Bryant/Firwood/Boones intersection.  Next week, signal pole foundation pours are scheduled for the new Madrona intersection. Installation of the signal pole foundation at the McDonald’s, Reese and Lanewood intersections will follow.

Watch this quick video of the first signal pole foundation pour near Key Bank.

Quarry Road Lane Closure – Late October

Starting the week of October 21, crews expect to begin installing a new speed radar feedback sign on Quarry Road. This work will require a lane closure and flagged traffic from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Quarry Road between Country Woods Court and Galewood Street. Please plan extra travel time and expect delays during work hours.

This installation work is expected to take about a week or so to complete, lane closures will be in place intermittently between different work activities.

Once crews install the new sign, PGE will then need to inspect the work and connect the power.

Work Plan Update – Sequence Change

In order to keep the contractor progressing while the utility companies conduct their switch over in the first section (on Boones Ferry Road between Bryant and Madrona), Wildish’s crews plan to continue working north towards Oakridge Road. They will excavate the underground utility trench, installing conduits and vaults on the west side of the road (Albertson’s/Banner Bank/Riccardo’s side). This work is expected to be conducted at night with lane closures and flaggers.

Due to the complexity of the project, frequent discovery of unknown or conflicting utilities, long lead times for signal poles and challenges with undergrounding multiple utilities, the original work plan sequence has changed. However, our main priorities remain – minimizing impacts to businesses by maintaining access, maintaining pedestrian access, and keeping the traffic flowing.

For more information about the overall work plan, click here.

New Traffic Shift Coming

In the next few months, while the contractor’s crews progress north on the utility undergrounding portion at night on the west side, they will also set up a new work zone on the east side. This will result in extending the new temporary traffic configuration on Boones Ferry Road from W. Sunset Drive to Reese Road. Instead of four lanes there will be three: one lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane. This traffic change will give crews room to maneuver and still keep the road open, but at times there will be flaggers and brief delays with equipment.

Crews will be installing a new gas line, illumination conduit, water line and stormwater line; excavating and grading for the new sidewalks; and installing retaining walls, new illumination poles and new signal poles.

More information will be provided on the expected timing of this extended temporary traffic change in the coming weeks.

Springs Living Redevelopment – Nighttime and Daytime Lane Closures on Boones Ferry Road

Final paving for the Springs project has been rescheduled until mid-October (weather permitting). Paving will take place on portions of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road for about a week or so from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Monday to Friday.

During nighttime work hours, Boones Ferry Road will be closed at Kruse Way and traffic will be detoured around the construction zone, onto Mercantile Drive and Kruse Way Place.  Please watch for flaggers, follow signage and drive cautiously.

There are also some lane reductions for the Springs project occurring next week during the daytime from 9 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Shop Lake Grove Raffle

You’ve got to be in it, to win it! Sharon Hayes did just that – she entered our monthly Shop Lake Grove raffle in September at The Bar Method, and is our lucky first official winner of the $100 gift card! Sharon selected Z Clinic, for her gift card!

Each month, we will be giving away TWO $100 gift cards to participating businesses located in the project area. Stop by one of these businesses to enter the raffle. Each month the raffle starts fresh, so keep coming back to visit your local businesses to enter each month!

If you are a business that is eligible and interested in participating in the Shop Lake Grove campaign, please complete this survey to sign up!

Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features the Olson Pediatric Clinic!

Safety is paramount and the clinic is particularly looking forward to better pedestrian access for their patients and families, and safer access for cyclists with the Boones Ferry Road project improvements. Their young patients have been enjoying seeing all the construction equipment, so we dressed up their minion mascot with a safety vest and hard hat as a reminder to be safe and seen!

Stop by to visit the Olson Pediatric Clinic, and check out their brand new website and logo – new look, same great service!

Click here for more information about how the project is supporting businesses during construction, and remember to follow the blue cones!

More Information?

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