Construction Update 9/25/20

Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the recent wildfires.

As a result of the Labor Day windstorm, resulting wildfires and hazardous air quality conditions, most planned construction activities were delayed by a few weeks. Many contracting companies stopped work, and several asphalt and concrete plants were shut down. PGE, NW Natural and some telecommunications companies also pulled off the project to help respond to the emergency and restore utilities.

Work on the project has now resumed and all utility companies and contractors are back on site.

Upcoming Major Traffic Changes

Bryant Road Lane Shift

Starting next week, the contractor plans to pave the middle portion of Bryant Road between Boones Ferry Road and the Lake Grove Shopping Center driveway. They’ll also be paving additional driveway approaches and ramps in the project area.

Once the middle section of Bryant is paved, the current northbound and southbound traffic lanes will be shifted to the middle lane and the lane abutting Bank of America. This will enable crews to continue the intersection widening and streetscape work on Bryant Road.

Center Median Work = No Left Turns

Now that the bulk of the streetscape work on the east side of Boones Ferry Road (Lake Grove Shopping Center side) between Bryant Road and Madrona Street is complete, crews are getting ready to switch their work zone to install the new raised landscaped medians. Unlike previous temporary traffic changes, this will result in a significant permanent change.

Watch this 2-minute video to learn more about the steps involved with constructing these medians and traffic impacts, or read more below on what to expect.

What to Expect

Starting the week of 10/5, you can expect the following key changes in the area between Madrona Street and Bryant Road:

  • Pedestrians will be moved onto the new sidewalks
  • The current northbound and southbound travel lanes on Boones Ferry Road will be shifted to the far west and far east travel lanes abutting the new curbs
  • Crews will set up their new work zone in the middle of the roadway
  • The temporary center-turn lane will be removed between Bryant and Madrona Streets
  • Most left-turn movements will be eliminated in to, and out of driveways on Boones Ferry Road
  • A left-turn pocket will be installed on Boones Ferry Road for southbound traffic accessing the Lake Grove Shopping Center

Key phases of work:

  1. The first area crews plan to focus on is the Madrona Street intersection. Crews will excavate the existing asphalt, prepare the subgrade and then pave the intersection. This will result in no left-turns in and out of Madrona Street temporarily for up to two weeks. This work is dependent on weather and paving availability. While left-turns will be restricted at Madrona Street, a temporary left-turn access ramp will be available for the Olson Memorial Clinic.
  2. Once Madrona Street intersection is complete, median work will continue progressing north towards Bryant Road. The temporary ramp will be removed at the Olson Memorial Clinic.
  3. Similar to Madrona Street, work within the Bryant Road intersection will require reconstructing the roadway. This will result in a temporary closure on Bryant Road. To minimize impacts, this work is likely to take place over a weekend in early November. More information to come on this!
  4. Once Bryant Road intersection is complete, crews will finish the remaining medians between Bryant Road and the Lake Grove Shopping Center.

Removing left-turn movements will take some time for the traveling public to get used to. One of the primary reasons for the project is to improve traffic safety. Installing the raised medians helps with existing mid-block left-turn problems in the corridor.

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.

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

Nearing Another Milestone – Undergrounding Completion

Utility companies have returned to the project to complete the switch from overhead to underground. All customer utility cutovers are now complete! In early-mid October, we expect the underground system to be finalized and the remaining overhead utility poles to be removed!

This undergrounding effort has been a significant part of the project since construction started last summer, and it has required high levels of coordination between the City, project team, contractor, utility companies, property owners, businesses and residents.

Thank you all for your cooperation and patience with this major operation.

Stormwater Work – Red Cedar Way and Bryant Road

Next week, crews plan on installing a stormwater line on Red Cedar Way between Boones Ferry Road and Boones Way. This is expected to take a week to complete. During work hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon-Fri), Red Cedar will be closed to through traffic and a detour will be in place. Access to business and resident driveways will remain open.

Starting the week of 10/5, pipe laying crews expect to begin installing a new stormwater line on Bryant Road between Boones Ferry Road and Upper Drive. In conjunction with the storm work, a private development project will also be working on installing a sewer line connection on Bryant Road.

Due to the high volume of traffic on Bryant Road, this work will be conducted at night with lane closures, and traffic will be flagged from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. The stormwater and sewer work is expected to take about three to four weeks to complete.

Neighbors, please expect an increase in noise and truck traffic during work hours. Thank you for your patience during this work.

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.

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.

More Information

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

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