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Geotechnical Exploration, Infiltration and Survey Work June 6 – July 15

Final design for the Boones Ferry Road project is getting underway. To facilitate design, crews will be doing geotechnical exploration, stormwater infiltration tests, and survey work along Boones Ferry Road between Mercantile Drive and just south of Madrona Street.  A description of the work and schedule are included below.

While working on site, crews will try to minimize impacts to traffic. Traffic cones and caution tape will be used to mark off the work zone to protect the safety of motorists, pedestrians and the workers.

Geotechnical Exploration and Infiltration Testing:

Work will occur between June 6 – July 15 on the following anticipated schedule:

  • Nighttime borings and infiltration tests on private properties where consent has been given between June 6 and June 10.
  • Daytime infiltration tests along Boones Ferry Road (with very limited impact to traffic) and on private property where consent has been given between June 6 and July 15.
  • Nighttime pavement borings and infiltration tests in Boones Ferry Road with traffic control on June 24 (one day only).

Daytime work will be between 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. Nighttime work will be between 8:00 pm – 6:00 am.

The geotechnical exploration will entail boring a hole 4 to 6-inches wide and 30 to 40 feet deep. Soil and bedrock samples are collected for engineering purposes.  Afterwards, the hole is filled, the area is cleaned, and the surface is patched with a matching surface material, either asphalt or concrete.  Each boring takes approximately 4 to 5 hours.

The geotechnical infiltration tests will entail digging a 6-inch diameter hole 2 to 3 feet deep. The hole is filled with water and infiltration of the water into the ground is measured over a period of time.  Afterwards, the hole is filled, the area is cleaned, and the surface is patched with asphalt, concrete or matching surface material.  Each infiltration test takes approximately 6 to 10 hours.


Field surveying for this phase is scheduled begin on June 13th and be completed by July 1st.  Two survey crews will typically be working from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, collecting survey information for property corners, fences, walls, landscaping and various street features.  The primary area of work is north of Oakridge Road to Collins Way, including the Lanewood Street intersection approaches.  Other work includes small areas south of Madrona Street and on Reese Road near Boones Ferry Road.  The crews are employed by WHPacific, the engineering firm designing the project.

For survey work on private property, surveyors will check with occupants of the property prior to performing work.  If there is no response, they will leave notice on the site with contact information and will proceed with the survey.

Contact Information:

Survey work – Scott Grubbs, WHPacific at 503-372-3743 and at

Geotechnical work – Cody Sorensen, Shannon Wilson Geotechnical at 503-210-4784 and at

General project questions – Sid Sin, City of Lake Oswego at 503-697-7421 and at

Boones Ferry Road Improvements – Phase 1 – May 2016 Update

Over the past few months, design work for the Boones Ferry Road Improvement Project has been on hold pending approval from ODOT of an amendment to the engineering consultant’s contract for final design and right-of-way acquisition.  With ODOT’s approval, which is anticipated to be the end of May, WHPacific will begin final design work and its right-of-way consultant, Universal Field Services, will initiate right-of-way acquisition efforts including reaching out to affected property owners.

The Project Advisory Committee, comprised of local business owners, property owners and neighbors, will also reconvene and begin working out final street design details.  The Committee’s work will ensure that the eventual project fulfills the goals of both the Boones Ferry Road Refinement Plan and the Lake Grove Village Center Plan.  The Committee’s next meeting will be either late June or July.  Once it is scheduled, the agenda and meeting materials will be posted on this web page. The Committee’s meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the project is encouraged to attend.

With the recent setback in the project schedule, construction work on Boones Ferry Road is now expected to begin in early 2018.


Check out the Latest Boones Ferry Road Conceptual Streetscape and Expanded Sidewalk Plans!

The proposed streetscape plan, superimposed over an aerial photograph of the area, illustrates the locations of street lights, stormwater planters, medians, landscaping, site furnishings and expanded sidewalk areas. The expanded sidewalk areas along Boone Ferry Road provide additional opportunities for public and private open spaces and help activate the sidewalk and provide pedestrian scale amenities along storefronts and the roadway.   These spaces will be accentuated through the use of special paving and materials.  It is envisioned that these areas could also provide space for art and special features that reflect the history of the area.

The Project Advisory Committee is excited to dive deeper into the details of the streetscape design. They will spend most of this year refining the design in anticipation of beginning construction in 2017.  The next PAC meeting will likely be in April.  The exact time and date of the meeting will be posted on this website in late March.

Click on these links for the streetscape and expanded sidewalk plans.

Boones Ferry Road Project Update – February 2016

Thanks to the hard work of neighbors and business and property owners on the Project Advisory Committee (PAC), design work for the first phase of Boones Ferry Road improvements is 30% complete. This first phase includes improvements from Madrona Street to the Oakridge Road/Reese Road intersection and the Lanewood Street intersection.


The PAC met monthly last year to advise City staff and the consultant team on decisions about the project. Discussions have included improvements to stormwater treatment, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and to traffic flow on Boones Ferry Road. Much time was spent on enhancing the streetscape including new sidewalks, landscaping, street trees, street lights and other street amenities. The streetscape design aims to highlight the area’s nature, history, art and sustainability in a streetscape that reflects the Lake Grove area. The PAC will continue its work through 2016 with the goal of beginning construction in 2017. PAC members look forward to sharing plans and getting feedback from the community, so stay tuned for your opportunity to participate in 2016.

The next PAC meeting has not yet been scheduled, but it anticipated to be in April sometime.

November PAC Meeting Summary

At their last meeting on November 17, 2015, the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) primarily discussed the median and sidewalk design at two intersections and they reviewed the Draft Streetscape Design Plan.

Sidewalks along the west side of two intersections along Boones Ferry (Firwood Road and Oakridge Road) are currently shown with a narrower 5 foot wide sidewalk rather than the preferred 9 foot wide sidewalk due to abutting site constraints. A proposal was brought to the PAC asking if they would like to request a design exception from the Oregon Department of Transportation to widen the sidewalk on the west side of the roadway at these two intersections. The change would create a tighter U-turn radius and reduce the size of the median at the intersections to accommodate the additional sidewalk area. The PAC discussed the issue and agreed that the additional sidewalk width would be desirable to allow for the inclusion of street lights and landscaping. The final design of these areas will come back to the PAC for additional review in 2016.

The remainder of the meeting was spent reviewing the Draft Streetscape Design Plan created by the project design team. The Draft Plan represents the accumulation of streetscape ideas including furnishings, landscaping, lighting, and sidewalk materials and colors, generated by the PAC and the public over the last year. At the next meeting in December, the PAC will review a Final Streetscape Plan and then the first half of 2016 will be used to refine the designs, identifying specific materials and plantings for the design.

The PAC will continue their monthly schedule of meetings through the next year.

The next meeting of the PAC is scheduled for December 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Boones Ferry Road PAC Meeting

The next Boones Ferry Road PAC meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2015, City Hall Council Chamber, 380 A Ave from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

The goals of this meeting are to:

  • Consider options for wider sidewalks in constrained areas of the project
  • Discuss the schedule for final design, right of way acquisition and key PAC decisions
  • Review and comment on draft streetscape design

Click here for the agenda and packet.

Boones Ferry Road PAC Meeting

The next Boones Ferry Road PAC meeting is scheduled for October 27, 2015 at the main fire station, 300 B Ave from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

The goals of this meeting are to:

  • Determine direction on lighting
  • Discuss landscape elements for the corridor
  • Further discussion on expanded sidewalk areas
  • Presentation about McDonald’s intersection

Click here for the agenda and packet.

A summary and the Power Point presentation of the September 24, 2015 Boones Ferry Road Community Meeting can be found by clicking this link.

Boones Ferry Road PAC Meeting

The next Boones Ferry Road PAC meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2015 at City Hall, Council Chamber from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

The goals of this meeting are to:

  • Continue presentation of lighting and site furnishing options.
  • Discuss and agree upon style for site furnishings.
  • Identify locations for hardscape elements.
  • Final updates for the community meeting.

Click here for the agenda and packet.