Category Archives: Project Updates

Construction Update 7/12/19

Watch for New & Changing Traffic Patterns

Last week, crews worked at night to shift traffic and restripe the roadway on Boones Ferry Road between W. Sunset Drive and Bryant Road. Instead of four lanes in this area there are now three: one in each direction and a center turn lane.

This temporary traffic change will give crews room to maneuver and still keep the road open, though at times there will be flaggers and brief delays.

Please plan extra travel time and drive cautiously as the traveling public gets used to this new lane shift. Remember to follow the blue cones and signage to access business driveways in the work zone. Pedestrians – please use the new temporary route delineated with barricades around the work zone.

Upcoming Traffic Changes to Bryant/Firwood/Boones Ferry Intersection

Starting the week of 7/15, the right turn pocket on Firwood Road as it approaches the Boones Ferry intersection will be closed.

Starting the week of 7/22, crews are tentatively scheduled to close the right turn pocket on Bryant Road as it approaches the Boones Ferry intersection. 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. Some existing striping will be removed and new temporary striping will be placed.  Please expect delays and obey flaggers’ directions.

Both of these lane reductions will allow crews to work on the utilities and streetscape work on the southside of Firwood and widening of this portion of Bryant Road at the intersection.

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

Demolition Begins!

With the new traffic pattern and work zone now set up, crews have started saw-cutting the roadway, driveways and sidewalks, and clearing and grubbing landscaping in the work zone. Some driveways have been removed and temporarily rocked until they are ready to be permanently poured with new concrete later this summer.

Starting the week of 7/15, crews expect to begin excavating for the new underground joint utility trench.

Tree Removal

Crews are in the final stages of removing trees along the corridor. Intermittent and rolling lane closures continue today 7/12 and tomorrow 7/13 to accommodate equipment between Douglas Way and Bryant Road.  Chain saws and chipper trucks are in operation – they are loud!  Please watch for flaggers to help get you in and out of driveways and follow the blue cones to enter businesses, as they remain open!

A Pride of Peacocks

The infamous peacock pride of Lake Grove/Lake Forest has been thoroughly enjoying sharing a residence with Wildish crews and equipment in the staging yard at the corner of W. Sunset and Boones Ferry. They particularly love welcoming crews to work as they arrive in the mornings. They’ve become great companions and mascots of the project!

Shop Local – Shop Lake Grove!

Our new Lake Grove Open for Business signs are out in the first major work zone, between Bryant Road and Madrona Street. 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.

Active Work Throughout the Corridor

There will be several lane shifts throughout the corridor on this two and a half year project. To minimize impacts, the contractor is aiming to build the major streetscape improvements in three different concentrated portions, working from the southern end (Madrona) to the northern end (Lanewood). The first major work zone, between Madrona and Bryant, is expected to take about nine months. Within this zone, crews plan to work on the west side of the road first, then switch to the east side, and then the middle median. However, due to the complexity of the project, there will be times where multiple crews are actively working throughout the project corridor and on some side streets.

Click here for a project map.

Paving Work on Boones Ferry Road

You’ve probably noticed a lot of work taking place along other parts of Boones Ferry Road and in the Lake Grove area. On lower Boones Ferry Road, paving crews have been installing new curb ramps and catch basins over the last month, and this week they started paving the travel lanes at night. The photo below really shows the side-by-side contrast of the old pavement with the new, and why this roadway needed some TLC.

While it is often challenging for everyone to have concurrent projects overlapping in the same area, we appreciate your patience during this important work of rebuilding our roads!

The paving work on this portion of Boones Ferry Road is expected to be complete by the end of this month, weather permitting.

For more information about other projects in the area, visit: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/other-projects/

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

Construction Update 6/28/19

Tree Removal

Crews have resumed removing trees along the project corridor today. This will continue tomorrow, Saturday 6/29 and is tentatively planned for Friday 7/12, and Saturday 7/13. During tree removal, intermittent and rolling lane closures between Madrona Street and Douglas Way are in place to accommodate equipment. Chain saws and chipper trucks are in operation – they are loud!  Please watch for flaggers to help get you in and out of driveways and follow the blue cones to enter businesses, as they remain open!

Traffic Pattern Change Rescheduled Until July 1

Due to inclement weather this week, the traffic pattern shift on Boones Ferry Road between Madrona Street and Bryant Road has been rescheduled to Monday night, 7/1.

Some existing striping will be removed and new temporary striping will be placed. Traffic will be flagged on Boones Ferry Road between 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. to accommodate this work. Please expect delays and obey flaggers’ directions. Neighbors should expect an increase in noise during the striping removal.

The new temporary pattern will have three lanes instead of four: one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane. That will give crews room to maneuver and still keep the road open, though at times there will be flaggers and brief delays.

Left: Lane configuration before construction. Right: Example of first shift during construction

Once the new traffic pattern and work zone is set up, crews will begin saw-cutting the roadway, driveways and sidewalks, and clearing and grubbing landscaping in the work zone. During this work, please expect an increase in noise as crews use a loud saw. Business access will be maintained, but driveways may be temporarily rocked or paved until they are ready to be permanently poured with new concrete later this summer.

No work is planned over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, from 7/4 – 7/7.

Starting the week of 7/8, crews expect to begin excavating for the new underground joint utility trench!

Aerial Drone Image of Bryant Road x Boones Ferry Road intersection in Early June – Skyris Imaging

Active Work Throughout the Corridor

There will be several lane shifts throughout the corridor on this two and a half year project. To minimize impacts, the contractor is aiming to build the major streetscape improvements in three different concentrated portions, working from the southern end (Madrona) to the northern end (Lanewood).

The first major work zone, between Madrona and Bryant, is expected to take about nine months. Within this zone, crews plan to work on the west side of the road first, then switch to the east side, and then the middle median. However, due to the complexity of the project, there will be times where multiple crews are actively working throughout the project corridor and on some side streets.

Other Work on Boones Ferry Road

In addition to the planned street improvements for Boones Ferry Road, there are a number of private redevelopment projects and other city projects taking place in the Lake Grove area.

One of particular note is the repaving of Boones Ferry Road, between Pilkington Road and Jean Way. Lane closures are in place during the day for the street and sidewalk curb ramps in advance of paving work. Driveways remain open. Nighttime paving of the lanes on Boones Ferry between Pilkington and Jean is planned for the week of 7/8. Watch for signage and allow extra time. Paving crews may be working on 7/5, but no work will take place on 7/4.

This paving project is expected to be complete in late July. For more information about other projects in the area, visit: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/other-projects/

Shop Local – Shop Lake Grove!

Our new Lake Grove Open for Business signs are out in the first major work zone, between Bryant Road and Madrona Street. Boones Ferry Road and all its businesses will 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.

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 and paving.

Please note, construction activity and schedules change frequently due to weather, issues in the field, and other variables.

For more information, visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, or call 503-697-6573.

Construction Update 6/21/19

Tree Removal

Today, crews started removing trees along the project corridor, which are permitted for removal. This work is expected to continue tomorrow, Saturday 6/22, Friday 6/28 and Saturday 6/29.

Intermittent and rolling lane closures between Madrona Street and Douglas Way are in place during tree removal to accommodate equipment.

Construction will widen Boones Ferry Road to make room for new public features – which is a big reason for removing utility poles and placing them underground. For the same reason, some trees need to be removed. However, more than 170 new trees will be planted, and more than 80 trees will be preserved and protected in the corridor. For more information about tree removal and the planting plan, view the reference materials.

Traffic Pattern Change Starts Next Week

Boones Ferry Road, between Madrona and Lanewood, will be completely rebuilt while still being open to traffic. Starting mid next week, you’ll notice a temporary lane reduction between Madrona Street and Bryant Road. Instead of four lanes, there will be three: one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane. That will give crews room to maneuver and still keep the road open, though at times there will be flaggers and brief delays.

Left: Lane configuration before construction. Right: Example of first shift during construction

Crews will set up this new traffic pattern by working at night. The work is tentatively planned for Wednesday 6/26 – Friday 6/28. Some existing striping will be removed and new temporary striping will be placed. Traffic will be flagged on Boones Ferry Road between 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. to accommodate this work. Please expect delays and obey flaggers’ directions.

Once the new traffic pattern and work zone is set up, crews will begin saw-cutting the roadway and existing sidewalks and begin work on the excavation of the new underground utility trench.

Active Work Throughout the Corridor

There will be several lane shifts throughout the corridor on this two and a half year project. To minimize impacts, the contractor is aiming to build the major streetscape improvements in three different concentrated portions, working from the southern end (Madrona) to the northern end (Lanewood). The first major work zone, between Madrona and Bryant, is expected to take about nine months. Within this zone, crews plan to work on the west side of the road first, then switch to the east side, and then the middle median. However, due to the complexity of the project, there will be times where multiple crews are actively working throughout the project corridor and on some side streets.

Shop Local – Shop Lake Grove!

Boones Ferry Road and all its businesses will 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.

Business Visits

Project staff and the contractor have been out visiting businesses between Madrona and Bryant Road over the last two weeks. Thanks for meeting us! Business visits will continue over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you and working with you during this major project.

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 and paving.

Please note, construction activity and schedules change frequently due to weather, issues in the field, and other variables.

For more information, visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, or call 503-697-6573.

Construction Activities Begin Ramping Up Next Week

Wildish has started to bring equipment and supplies to a lot at the W. Sunset Drive intersection, which the city purchased to help reduce construction traffic and disruption on nearby streets. This week, crews are installing erosion control and tree protection fencing at the site.

Tree Removal

On Thursday,  June 20, Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, crews plan to begin removing approximately 130 trees located within the project corridor, which are permitted for removal. Lane closures will be in place to accommodate equipment during tree removal.

Construction will widen Boones Ferry Road to make room for new public features – which is a big reason for removing utility poles and placing them underground. For the same reason, some trees need to be removed. However, more than 170 new trees will be planted, and more than 80 trees will be preserved and protected in the corridor. For more information about tree removal and the planting plan, view the reference materials.

Lane Closures Coming Soon

Boones Ferry Road, between Madrona and Lanewood, will be completely rebuilt while still being open to traffic. Starting the week of June 24, you’ll notice a temporary lane reduction between Madrona Street and Bryant Road. Instead of four lanes, there will be three: one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane. That will give crews room to maneuver and still keep the road open, though at times there will be flaggers and brief delays.

One of the first major construction tasks is to move utility lines underground, then remove utility poles to make room for new street features. Here’s the schedule of tasks, subject to change, through this year’s dry season:

  • Late spring – mobilization, traffic shift, tree removal, survey staking, utility locates
  • Summer – excavation of utility trench, utility relocation work, concrete flatwork, retaining walls
  • Late summer – early fall – street grading, base paving, landscaping and irrigation, permanent signs

Please note, construction activity and schedules change frequently due to weather, issues in the field, and other variables. We will strive to keep everyone informed through these regular updates.

Active Work Throughout the Corridor

To minimize impacts, the contractor is aiming to build the major streetscape improvements in three different concentrated portions, working from the southern end (Madrona) to the northern end (Lanewood). The first major work zone, between Madrona and Bryant, is expected to take about nine months. Within this zone, crews plan to work on the west side of the road first, then switch to the east side, and then the middle median. However, due to the complexity of the project, there will be times where multiple crews are actively working throughout the project corridor and on some side streets.

Shop Local – Shop Lake Grove!

Boones Ferry Road and all its businesses will 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.

Businesses, Neighbors Meet the Contractor

About 70 residents, businesses and property owners came along to meet Wildish crew members and project personnel on June 6 at the LO Maintenance Center. Thank you to everyone for attending! A summary of the meeting will be posted shortly on our materials page.

Business Visits

Project staff and the contractor have been out visiting businesses between Madrona and Bryant Road this week. Business visits will continue over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you and working with you during this major project.

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 and paving.

For more information, visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, or call 503-697-6573.

Reminder: Meet the Boones Ferry Contractor on June 6!

The two-and-a-half-year transformation of Boones Ferry Road begins next week!

You are invited to meet the contractor, Wildish, and learn more about upcoming construction, and traffic impacts.

Please join us:

Thursday, June 6
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LO Maintenance Center,
17601 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego

There will be a brief presentation at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a Q+A session. A summary of the meeting will be posted online shortly after the event.

We hope to see you there!

More Information?

Learn more about what to expect at the June 6 meeting, or sign-up for regular construction e-updates: visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, call 503-697-6573 or follow the City on social media with #boonesferryproject

Council Awards Construction Contract to Wildish

We are embarking on a major milestone! On May 21, City Council awarded a contract to Wildish Standard Paving to build the Boones Ferry Road project improvements. After 20 years of planning and design for this complex project, construction is now upon us!

Boones Ferry Road is the centerpiece of the Lake Grove area, and this project will create a safer, more welcoming and convenient pedestrian and bicycle environment, where auto traffic is accommodated efficiently and safely, stormwater is treated naturally, and businesses’ needs are successfully met.

Meet the Contractor on June 6!

You are invited to meet the contractor, Wildish, and learn more about construction, and traffic impacts. Please join us:

Thursday, June 6
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LO Maintenance Center
17601 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego

There will be a brief presentation at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a Q+A session. A summary of the meeting will be posted online shortly after the event.

We hope to see you there!

Construction Expected to Begin Ramping Up in June

Preliminary work activities could begin as early as late May or early June. This may include crews bringing equipment to the project area, setting up a construction staging yard (corner of Boones Ferry Road and W. Sunset Drive), marking utilities with paint, and surveying the right-of-way.

In mid-June, crews plan to begin removing approximately 100 trees located within the project corridor, which are permitted for removal. Unfortunately, for a project of this size, many trees will need to be removed to accommodate the street widening and improvements needed. However, the project team put forth a great effort in juggling all competing interests, to minimize tree removal and avoid impacts to trees in the corridor. Mitigation measures include the planting of 170 new trees, and more than 80 trees will be preserved and protected in the corridor. Click here for more information on tree removal and flagging.

Traffic Shifts Could Begin in Mid-June

During construction, some travel lanes will be closed and traffic will be shifted in the project corridor – but one travel lane will be open in each direction on Boones Ferry Road. At times, crews will be working both day and night. Construction is expected to take about two and a half years to complete.

More information about traffic shifts, sequencing and schedule will provided shortly. Please note, construction schedules change frequently. We will do our best to provide the latest information through our website and these e-newsletters.  

There will be delays and disruption, but Boones Ferry Road will remain open during construction, as will local businesses – please support them and shop local!

Business Visits

Over the coming months, project staff and the contractor will be out visiting businesses in the project area to share information about construction, confirm contact information and hear concerns.  We look forward to meeting you!

More Information?

Learn more about what to expect at the June 6 meeting, or sign-up for regular construction e-updates: visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org, call 503-697-6573 or follow the City on social media with #boonesferryproject

Nighttime Road Closures on Boones Ferry Road at Kruse Way (Mercantile) Starting Week of 4/8

In addition to the City’s planned street improvements for Boones Ferry Road, there are a number of private redevelopment projects taking place in the Lake Grove area, namely the Springs and Mercantile developments.

Crews have started installing a new water line along Mercantile Drive as part of the Mercantile private redevelopment project (corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road).

Starting the week of April 8, crews will shift to night work on Boones Ferry Road between Mercantile Drive and Kruse Way. Work hours on Boones Ferry Road will be 9 P.M. – 5 A.M. Monday to Friday.

During 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. Night work is expected to take about three weeks to complete. Please watch for flaggers, follow signage and drive cautiously.

MEI crews installing waterline on Mercantile Drive

Tree Removal Flagging

Now that the City is seeking contractors to build the project, the project team is preparing to apply for a tree removal application. Starting tomorrow, you may notice trees being flagged in the public right-of-way and on some private properties located along Boones Ferry Road, between West Sunset Drive and Douglas Way.

Unfortunately, for a project of this size, many trees will need to be removed to accommodate the street widening and improvements needed. However, the project team put forth a great effort in juggling all competing interests, to minimize tree removal and avoid impacts to trees in the corridor.

A total of 130 trees have been identified for removal as a result of the final design. This number is slightly less than what was presented at the January open house. Of those, 104 trees are greater than 6 inches in diameter and fall under a Type II Tree Removal Application: 74 are located in the public right-of-way and will be flagged in yellow ribbon; 30 are located on private property and will be flagged in orange ribbon. The remaining 26 trees are less than 6 inches in diameter, and while they are not required to be flagged as part of the application process, these trees will still be flagged in yellow and black polka dot ribbon. Four trees have been flagged with white and black polka dot ribbon – this indicates certain trees that may be impacted during construction, but the project team and contractor will do everything they can to save and protect them.

Mitigation measures include the planting of 170 new trees, and more than 80 trees will be preserved and protected in the corridor.

The project team will be preparing a comprehensive Tree Protection Plan that spells out what protective measures will need to be taken when the project is under construction.  Measures include a contractor tree protection meeting, tree protection fencing and signage, and identifying specific trees that will require monitoring by a certified arborist when work is occurring within critical root zones.

Once the tree removal application is finalized, signage will also be posted along the corridor (similar to the signs pictured herein) and a link to the application will be posted on the project webpage and the Planning Department’s website.

Please note – approved trees will not be removed until a contractor is on board later this spring.

 

A New Project Milestone

We have some exciting news to share. As of today, the City is officially accepting proposals from contractors to build the Boones Ferry Road improvement project! The request for proposals was advertised in the Daily Journal of Commerce, and the proposal period will be open until 2:00 PM on April 9, 2019.

Once the period ends, the City and project team will evaluate proposers on a set of criteria and then interview contractors before selecting a preferred contractor. The contract award is currently set to go to City Council on May 21.

This is a tremendous milestone – we are one step closer to breaking ground on the project this summer!

Once a contractor is hired, we’ll invite you to meet the contractor’s staff and our project team who will help keep everyone informed during construction.

Major construction is expected to start this summer and will take about two and a half years.

If you missed the open house in January and want to learn more about the project, check out this new video “Building A Better Boones Ferry Road” which provides an overview of the project, and has some great footage from our open house of community members talking about elements they are excited to see over the coming years!

If you were unable to attend the open house, the boards and maps are available on the materials page of the website. A meeting summary is also posted  here.

 

Great Interest at Recent Open House

On Thursday, January 10, the City and project team held an open house to share the new street designs up close with the local community.

More than 130 community members attended the event, where there was great interest and a positive buzz throughout the room. Many were enthusiastic about the project features and safety enhancements for businesses, and people walking, biking and driving.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We appreciate your excitement for the project, and appreciation for construction to finally get under way this year!

A meeting summary is posted here. If you were unable to attend the open house, the boards and maps are available on the materials page of the website.

Next Steps

The City is preparing to hire a contractor through a competitive proposal method in the coming months.

As part of that process, the City will apply for a tree removal application and trees will be flagged. We will share more information before this occurs.

Once a contractor is hired, we’ll invite you to meet the contractor’s staff and our project team who will help keep everyone informed during construction.

Major construction is expected to start this summer and take about two and a half years.

Stay Informed

For more information, or to sign up to receive e-newsletters, visit www.boonesferryproject.org or contact us! You can also read the latest in the Winter 2018/2019 newsletter or view the maps and graphics shared at the recent open house.