Construction Update 8/28/20

Construction continues to make great progress on the transformation of Boones Ferry Road and we are on track for completion in late 2021!

Remember, there are multiple crews working throughout the entire corridor – from Madrona Street to Red Cedar Way, and on side streets. Please plan extra time when traveling throughout the project area and watch for moving equipment and crews!

New Traffic Signal Poles

Have you noticed several new signal poles and mast arms have been installed in the project area? Recently, crews placed sets of poles for two of the three new signalized intersections at Lanewood Street and Madrona Street. What will eventually be a newly widened intersection at Bryant/Firwood/Boones Ferry also had new signal poles installed. Oakridge intersection and the new intersection at McDonald’s will follow in the coming weeks.

These signals will not be activated until later in the project, but it is still exciting to see them take shape and the transformation continue!

Undergrounding Nearing Completion

PGE has been very busy working on their customer connections from overhead to underground in the northern portion of the project. This will continue over the coming weeks. The telecommunications companies are expected to complete their switchovers in September, followed by the removal of the overhead poles!

All planned utility shutdowns will be coordinated with businesses, residents and properties in advance. Thank you for your patience and understanding the temporary impacts from this major operation.

Grading, Curbs, Sidewalks, Planters & Road Widening

Progress continues on the streetscape improvements on the east side (McDonald’s side) of Boones Ferry Road between Madrona Street and Oakridge Roads.

New ADA curb ramps, curbs, driveway aprons, stormwater planters, and sidewalks continue to be installed. Ongoing concrete pours for these elements will continue over the coming weeks.

Earlier this month, crews placed asphalt on the newly aligned Lake Grove Elementary School driveway (at Lanewood), and paved part of Bryant Road and Boones Ferry Road near the Lake Grove Shopping Center.

New Traffic Change Coming – Center Median Work

Another major traffic change is coming in mid-late September in the area between Madrona Street and Bryant Road. Once the new sidewalks on Boones Ferry Road are complete south of Bryant Road, crews will move the temporary pedestrian route onto the new sidewalk, and start working in the center of the roadway on the new landscaped median.

With this new work zone, traffic lanes will be shifted and the temporary center turn lane will be removed between Bryant and Madrona Streets. This will eliminate most left-turn movements in this area. A temporary left-turn pocket will be installed for access to the Lake Grove Shopping Center from Boones Ferry Road. One lane in each direction will remain.

Once the new signalized intersections are activated closer to the end of the project, u-turn movements will be permitted at the five signals – Madrona, Bryant, McDonald’s, Oakridge and Lanewood.

Stay tuned for more information and another update prior to this major traffic change.

Thank you for your patience during these changing traffic patterns. Please plan extra time while traveling in the area.

Speed Zone Reminder – 25 MPH

A temporary speed reduction to 25 MPH on Boones Ferry Road between Washington Court and Mercantile Drive is in place throughout construction.

Work Hours

Ongoing day work and intermittent night work continues throughout the project area. When work is occurring at night, traffic is flagged and shifted to one lane. Any night work occurring in or near the signalized intersections requires flagged traffic.

Thank you to all residents, businesses and property owners for your continued patience with the construction and impacts.

Support Your Local Businesses

Due to the pandemic, we’ve placed our Shop Lake Grove campaign on hold. Please continue to support your local businesses. Follow the blue cones and signage to access driveways.

Open for Business List

To promote and support our local economy, the City and Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce have compiled an ever-growing list of Lake Oswego businesses that are open and providing essential services during the COVID-19 crisis. Local businesses are encouraged to provide information about their services, including hours and delivery/pick-up options, as well as any need for support, using a public Google survey: https://bit.ly/2yoyHuc

We also have a great interactive and searchable ‘Open for Business’ Map based on the list! You can search by business name, address, type, or neighborhood! To be added to the map, complete the survey above. You can also submit changes to your information by following the prompts on the map.

More Information

For more information about schedule and work hours, click here.

You can also email info@boonesferryproject.org, call 503-697-6573 and follow the city on social media with #boonesferryproject and #followthebluecones.