Category Archives: Project Updates

Oakridge Road Closure 4/12-4/13

From 6 a.m. Monday, 4/12 through 6 p.m. Tuesday, 4/13, Oakridge Road between Boones Ferry Road and the post office exit will be reconstructed and paved, impacting normal traffic routes.

Key details:

  • Oakridge Road will be closed to all through traffic between Boones Ferry Road and Quarry Road
  • A detour will be in place on Quarry Road and Douglas Way – watch for signage
  • Residents and businesses located within the closure area: please use Quarry Road to enter Oakridge
  • One lane in each direction is expected to remain open on Boones Ferry Road through the intersection
  • Access will remain open to all businesses in the corridor, including the post office – please use Boones Ferry Road to access business driveways

Plan ahead for extra travel time, expect delays or use alternate routes

This work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

A Better Boones Ferry Road for All

When public spaces are improved and made accessible for all, everyone benefits. The Boones Ferry Road Project is creating a safer street that provides benefits to all transportation modes and all people.

This week is National Women in Construction Week, and today is International Women’s Day! Today we are showcasing two of our incredible women civil engineers leading the Boones Ferry Road Project. Watch and learn as they share their stories about the vital safety and accessibility improvements that are a core element of the project, and why we are building a better Boones Ferry Road for ALL.

Construction Update 3/1/21

Traffic Switch Tomorrow

Due to inclement weather, the traffic shift that was originally planned for early February has been postponed to this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday 3/2, between Bryant Road and Reese Road, traffic will be shifted onto the east side (McDonald’s side) of the road, so crews can finish working on the west side (Riccardo’s side) improvements and widening.

Key information:

  • Crews will be removing some existing striping and placing additional temporary striping.
  • Work is expected to occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. During this time, expect some delays and plan extra travel time.
  • For up to two hours, the traffic signal at Oakridge/Reese/Boones Ferry will be turned off and traffic will be flagged through the intersection.
  • The temporary traffic configuration of one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane will remain in this area during this next stage of work.  

Please watch for changing traffic patterns and plan some extra time through the work zone as the traveling public gets used to the change.

Work on the west side improvements is expected to take a few months to complete. Once this area is complete, crews will move to the center of the roadway to start working on the new medians between Bryant and Reese Road.  

In the next month or so, traffic lanes between Oakridge Road (at the post office) and Lanewood Street will also shift. Crews will begin working on the east side improvements (Giant Burger side).

Plants have arrived!

In the area south of Bryant Road, the landscapers have started to install new street trees and plants within the medians, landscaped planters and stormwater planters! This work will continue over the next few weeks.

A new mid-block crossing is coming along!

As part of the improvements, two new pedestrian mid-block crossings will be installed. Work on the southern one is under way (located between Keller Williams and the Lake Grove Shopping Center). Check out the latest progress photos here.

A progress photo of the new mid-block crossing
A progress photo of the new mid-block crossing

In the coming weeks, this new crossing will be activated, along with the new signalized intersection at Madrona Street. These are two significant safety improvements for pedestrians, as they now will be able to safely cross Boones Ferry Road in this area without having to travel all the way to the Bryant Road signal or West Sunset signal.

A sample rendering of the new mid-block crossing currently under construction

New Log Bench

In early February, a progressive log bench was installed at the expanded sidewalk area just north of Keller Williams.

This bench was created and procured through a combined neighborhood enhancement grant by the Waluga, Lake Forest and Lake Grove neighborhoods. The natural wood bench was made using a large douglas fir tree that was slated for removal as part of the road widening. It was repurposed and transformed into a piece of interpretive art. The bench shows the progression from an original barked trunk, a partial bench and a completely milled bench.

Street signs are being installed

Check out the new street signs that have been placed on some of the new mast arms. Our project advisory committee selected the tree logo/emblem as it envisions the Lake Grove area and the transformation of Boones Ferry Road.

Lake Grove Farmers’ Market
Sundays, March 7-April 25, 1-5pm
Hallmark Drive (between Mercantile Drive & Collins Way)

The City of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department is delighted to unveil a pilot farmers’ market in Lake Grove! The Lake Grove Farmers’ Market celebrates farmers and foodies alike, offering the finest food & agricultural products in the Pacific Northwest. The pilot program, which is sponsored by Mercato Grove, aims to evaluate community interest in a permanent market on the westside of Lake Oswego.  The Lake Grove Farmers’ Market will be small in scale and adhere to all Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 guidelines, along with government health & safety guidelines.  Face coverings required.  Parking is located at Acme Construction, Dischinger Orthodontics, Go to Ortho/Summit Orthopaedics and Lake Grove Elementary School.  For additional information, including a vendor list, visit www.lakeoswego.city/lgfm

#Shop Lake Grove Raffle

You’ve got to be in it, to win it! Natasha did just that – she entered our monthly #ShopLakeGrove raffle last month while picking up her piano book at the Lake Music Center, and won a $100 gift card!

Remember, this raffle runs throughout construction of the Boones Ferry project and each month it starts fresh. Over 30 businesses are already participating – all you need to do to enter is:

  • Take a photo at a participating Lake Grove business (list is here)
  • Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram* OR email it to info@boonesferryproject.org
  • Mention the business in your post/email and use #ShopLakeGrove to win!

Two winners will be drawn monthly to receive a $100 gift card to a local #ShopLakeGrove participating business of their choice.

For all the details, click here!  And, if you are an eligible business and would like to sign up to participate, complete this survey!

*To be considered in the raffle entries, social media posts must be “public.”

More information?

Check out our latest newsletter!

For more information, visit boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, call 503-697-6573 or follow the city on social media with #boonesferryproject and #followthebluecones.

Construction Update 1/22/21

Progress, Progress, Progress!

Crews continue to make great progress on the transformation of Boones Ferry Road!

Here are some recent highlights and corresponding photos of the project:

  • The remaining new traffic signal poles and mast arms have been installed at the Oakridge intersection, and new intersection at McDonalds!

  • Street light poles are being installed along new sidewalks between Madrona Street and Reese Road. Crews have been testing those in the area south of Bryant Road, and they are now activated and lighting up the right-of-way!

  • New sidewalks have been poured on the east side of Boones Ferry between Bryant and Reese Road

  • Irrigation is being installed, and planting soil is being placed in the new stormwater and landscaped planters and medians. Plants, trees, grasses, shrubs will start arriving and being placed in February!

  • New bike racks are in, benches, a water fountain and trash cans!

  • Metal lettering embedded in colored concrete has been placed in portions along the new sidewalks, and interpretive cutouts along portions of the coreten stormwater planter edging is installed!

Next Big Traffic Switch – Early February  

Weather permitting, in late January, crews plan to pave the remainder of the east side (McDonald’s side) of the new widened roadway between Bryant Road and Reese Road. This work will be coordinated with affected businesses.

Once this area is paved, crews plan to switch their work zone to the west side of the road (Riccardo’s/Chevron side). Between Bryant Road and Reese Road, traffic will be shifted onto the east side of the road, so crews can begin working on the west side improvements and widening. This is expected to occur in early February.

The temporary traffic configuration of one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane will remain.  Some existing striping will be removed and new temporary striping placed. Please watch for changing traffic patterns and plan some extra time through the work zone as the traveling public gets used to the change.

Work on the west side improvements is expected to take a few months to complete. Once this area is complete, crews will move to the center of the roadway to start working on the new medians between Bryant and Reese Road.

In mid-February, traffic lanes between Oakridge Road (at the post office) and Lanewood Street will also shift. Crews will begin working on the east side improvements (Giant Burger side).

Night Work

Crews are working intermittently at night along Boones Ferry Road between Bryant Road and Red Cedar Way, and also on Bryant Road between Boones Ferry and Upper Drive to finish installing stormwater manholes and pipe. This is expected to continue for a few more weeks. Expect delays during night work as traffic will be flagged.

#Shop Lake Grove Raffle

Have you entered the raffle? Enter today, it’s so easy! And you could win a $100 gift card to one of our participating businesses!

➡ Take a photo at a participating Lake Grove business (list is here)

➡ Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram* OR email it to info@boonesferryproject.org

➡ Mention the business in your post/email and use #ShopLakeGrove to win!

Two winners will be drawn monthly to receive a $100 gift card to a local #ShopLakeGrove participating business of their choice.

For all the details, click here!  And, if you are an eligible business and would like to sign up to participate, complete this survey!

*To be considered in the raffle entries, social media posts must be “public.”

Mercato Grove

Looking for the latest information on the Mercantile redevelopment at the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road? Check out this quarter’s construction update here.

More information?

For more information, visit boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, call 503-697-6573 or follow the city on social media with #boonesferryproject and #followthebluecones.

Construction Update 12/9/20

Thank you to everyone for your patience during the recent Bryant Road/Boones Ferry/Firwood Road weekend work! Reconstructing and paving this intersection was a major activity requiring a lot of coordination and resulting in significant traffic impacts. Crews were able to successfully complete the work ahead of schedule, opening back the roads and signal by late Sunday night!

Here are some photos of the work taking place.

 

On Thursday night, 12/10, crews are planning to remove the temporary signal poles and signal heads at the intersection of Bryant Road/Boones Ferry/Firwood Road. Work hours for this activity are 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The signal will be shut off and flaggers will control traffic at the intersection.

Please plan extra travel time during this night work.

Work Area South of Bryant Road  

The photo featured above is a drone aerial image captured in early November. It shows the progress taking place in the southern area of the project – new sidewalks, wider street, newly paved lanes, and concrete formed and poured for the new landscaped medians.

Crews continue to make great progress on excavating, forming and pouring the new landscaped medians south of Bryant.

Landscapers are also installing irrigation throughout the planters.

Over the next few months, they will start placing soil and installing the plants and trees along the new sidewalk planters and in the new medians. In addition, electrical crews will begin placing the new street lights along the sidewalks.

Work Area North of Bryant Road

Have you walked, rolled or strolled along any of the newly opened sidewalks recently in the project area? A portion of the sidewalks are now open on the east side between Bryant Road and Reese Road! Recently, brick pavers were placed near McDonald’s and Best Sushi, which will eventually be the corners of a new signalized intersection.

Weather permitting, crews plan to prepare the new subgrade and pave portions of this area between Bryant and Reese Road in the coming weeks. In early 2021, the traffic lanes will be shifted so crews can start working on the streetscape improvements on the western side (Banner Bank/Riccardo’s side).

At this time, crews will also likely shift the travel lanes north of Reese Road to begin working on the new sidewalks and medians.

Bryant Road Stormwater Night Work

Stormwater work is now underway on Bryant Road between Upper Drive and Boones Ferry Road. This work is expected to take about two-three weeks to complete.

Due to the high volume of traffic on Bryant Road, this work is being conducted at night with lane closures, and traffic will be flagged from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. While work takes near the intersection of

Bryant and Upper, the signal will be turned off and traffic will be flagged.

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

#Shop Lake Grove Raffle: Relaunch in 2021!

Great news, we are relaunching our #ShopLakeGrove raffle!

Instead of filling in a physical entry card and placing it in a raffle box, we are going virtual! Starting January 1, 2021, here’s how to enter:

➡ Take a photo at a participating Lake Grove business (list is here)

➡ Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram* OR email info@boonesferryproject.org

➡ Mention the business in your post/email and use #ShopLakeGrove to win!

Two winners will be drawn monthly to receive a $100 gift card to a local #ShopLakeGrove participating business of their choice.

For all the details, click here!  If you are a business and would like to sign up to participate, complete this survey!

*To be considered in the raffle entries, social media posts must be “public.”

Work Hours

Over the Christmas and New Year weeks, there may be some small skeleton crews working, but no major work is planned for 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 or 1/1.

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

Construction Update 11/6/20

Weekend Road Closure on Bryant & Firwood Roads 11/6 – 11/9

Watch this short video to learn about this work, or read more below on what to expect.

Starting tonight, Friday, 11/6 at 10 p.m., the intersection of Bryant, Firwood & Boones Ferry Road will be reconstructed and paved. This work is expected to continue 24/7 over the weekend, through 6 a.m. Monday, 11/9. During this time:

  • Bryant Road will be closed to all through traffic between Upper Drive and Boones Ferry Road (local access for businesses and residents will be permitted)
  • Northbound traffic on Bryant Road will be detoured onto Upper Drive and Reese Road
  • Firwood Road will be closed to all through traffic between Waluga Drive and Boones Ferry Road (local access for businesses and residents will be permitted)
  • Traffic on Firwood will be detoured onto Waluga Drive and Madrona Street
  • One lane in each direction will remain open on Boones Ferry Road, but the signal will be turned off and traffic will be flagged through the intersection
  • Access will remain open to all businesses in the corridor – please use Boones Ferry Road to access driveways

Please plan ahead for extra travel time or find an alternate route during this work. View the map for detour routes and closure areas.

Next Steps for Area South of Bryant

Over the last two weeks, concrete pours have taken place for the new medians and curbs along portions of Bryant.

Next week, crews plan to pave the lanes abutting the new medians south of Bryant. From here, crews will complete the new left turn pocket for the Lake Grove Shopping Center, and finish the remainder of the medians between Bank of America and Bryant Road.

Over the coming months, landscapers will start placing the plants and trees along the sidewalks and in the new medians! In addition, electrical crews will begin placing the new street lights, and the new signals at Madrona and Bryant intersections may be activated!

Area North of Bryant

Work is progressing well with concrete pours for the curbs, stormwater planters, driveway aprons, sidewalks, and expanded sidewalk areas north of Bryant. This work continues over the coming month.

In late November, crews plan to shift pedestrians onto portions of the new sidewalk along the eastside (between Key Bank and McDonald’s). This will allow Centurylink crews to begin removing part of an old, existing telecommunications ductbank that is located underneath portions of the current temporary pedestrian access route between Bryant and Reese Road. The ductbank conflicts with the new roadway, so part of it needs to be removed.

Bryant Road Stormwater Night Work

Stormwater work planned for Bryant Road has been rescheduled and is now expected to start in mid-November. Pipe laying crews will install a new stormwater line on Bryant Road between a portion of 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 weeks to complete.

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

Shop Lake Grove & Follow the Blue Cones

Please continue to support your local businesses in the project area, particularly this holiday season! Follow the blue cones and signage to access driveways.

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.

In observance of the Thanksgiving weekend, there is no planned work from Thursday, 11/26 – Sunday, 11/29.

Construction Update 10/23/20

Great news! Despite all the challenges 2020 has brought, we are well past the halfway mark with overall construction of the project, and on track for completion in late 2021!

Utility Undergrounding is Complete!

Last night, we reached a major milestone: PGE removed the final remaining overhead utility pole in the project area [photo featured herein]! All utility overhead poles are now removed and all utility cables and wires are underground within the project limits! Next time you travel through the project area, see if you can notice the difference. Here are a few before and after photos:

Undergrounding utilities has been a highly complex and complicated effort since construction started in summer 2019. THANK YOU to all the utility companies, property owners, businesses, customers, and the traveling public for your patience and coordination with this huge feat. There have been many challenges and obstacles along the way, but with collaboration, communication and teamwork, we were able to accomplish the task!

Upcoming Traffic Impacts – Bryant Road & Firwood Road Closure

Crews are making solid progress building the new raised landscaped medians between Bryant Road and Madrona Street. Concrete pours are scheduled to occur over the next few weeks for portions of the medians.

Soon, the intersection of Bryant x Firwood x Boones Ferry Road will be completely reconstructed and paved. This intersection work will result in a temporary closure on portions of both Bryant Road and Firwood Road. To minimize impacts, this work is planned to take place over one weekend starting at 10 p.m. Friday, November 6 through 6 a.m. Monday, November 9.

During this time:

  • Bryant Road will be closed to through traffic between Upper Drive and Boones Ferry Road
  • Northbound traffic on Bryant Road will be detoured onto Upper Drive and Reese Road
  • Firwood Road will be closed to through traffic between Waluga Drive and Boones Ferry Road
  • Traffic on Firwood will be detoured onto Waluga Drive and Madrona Street
  • The signal will be turned off and flaggers will direct traffic through the intersection
  • One lane in each direction is expected to remain open on Boones Ferry Road during most times
  • Access will remain open to all businesses in the corridor – use Boones Ferry Road to access business driveways
  • There will be periods where traffic will be traveling on gravel or rock while they rebuild and grade the roadway – drive safely

Please plan ahead for extra travel time or find an alternate route during these closures. Click here for a detour map.

This work is weather dependent and subject to change. Stay tuned for another update prior to this work.

Once Bryant Road intersection paving is complete, crews will finish the remaining medians between Bryant Road and the Lake Grove Shopping Center.

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, property owners, and the traveling public for your continued patience with the construction and impacts.

More Information

For more information email info@boonesferryproject.org, call 503-697-6573 or follow the city on social media with #boonesferryproject and #followthebluecones.

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

 

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.

Construction Update 7/15/20

Construction is very active on Boones Ferry Road – 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!

Undergrounding nearing completion!

Crews have completed installing the main underground joint utility trench in the northern area between Bryant and Oakridge Roads! Now that all the vaults and conduit are installed, PGE and the telecommunications companies are beginning their final switchover and removal of overhead lines and poles. We expect this work to take about two months to complete. Any utility shutdowns will be coordinated with businesses or properties in advance.

While the utility companies are working in this portion, there will be intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. One lane in each direction will remain, but at times the center turn lane will be closed. A bulk of the work will be taking place on the west side of the road (Riccardo’s side), outside the current work zone set up which is on the east side (McDonald’s). This lane closure is to accommodate all the equipment and trucks needed for the utilities to complete the undergrounding work.

New Traffic Shift Implemented

In early June, between Bryant Road and Madrona Streets, traffic was shifted onto the west side of the road, so crews could start working on the east side improvements and widening.

Crews are making good progress in the work zone between Madrona and Reese Road. They have been focused on grading the area. Last week they started pouring portions of the new concrete curbs and some stormwater planters. ADA curb ramps, driveway aprons and sidewalks will follow over the coming weeks.

Paving

In late July, crews are planning to place a base lift of asphalt on the newly aligned Lake Grove Elementary School driveway (at Lanewood). Paving is also planned for part of Bryant Road near the intersection (Bank of America side), and the newly widened area between Bryant and Madrona (east side).

Center Median Work

Once the sidewalks are complete and the asphalt is placed south of the Bryant Road intersection, crews plan to switch traffic again in order to start working on the center median. This is expected to begin sometime in August, and take a few months to complete (between Bryant and Madrona).

Following this work in the fall, crews hope to activate the new signals and mid-block crossing in the southern portion, and install the final landscaping.

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 and stay home order implemented in March, we placed our Shop Lake Grove raffle and featured business profile on hold.

Good news, we expect to reactivate our featured business videos starting next month. The raffle is still on hold. But we continue to encourage you to support our local businesses.

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.

Follow the Blue Cones

Please continue to support your local businesses. Follow the blue cones and signage to access driveways.

New Business Grants Available – Open July 20

Through a generous $35,000 award from Business Oregon, the City of Lake Oswego is offering a NEW round of grants to local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key information:

  • Applications open ‪July 20 at 8 a.m.
  • Grants start at $2,500 per business
  • Businesses must have a current LO business license
  • 501c non-profits are eligible
  • Minority-owned and woman-owned businesses, as well as sole proprietorships, are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Funds are available on first come, first serve basis
  • Applications and information are available in six languages (Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/business-assistance-grants for more information on eligibility requirements.

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.