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.

Peacock Cleaners

After placing a hold on our Shop Lake Grove campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to be back relaunching our featured business focus! This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Peacock Cleaners!

Local Lake Oswego residents, Nik and Susie Park, have owned and managed Peacock Cleaners for three years. They also own and manage Top Cleaners, on South Shore Boulevard. Nik is a second generation dry cleaner with 22 years of experience in the industry!

Unlike other dry cleaners, Peacock Cleaners is a full service facility. In addition to clothing, they also offer cleaning of bedding, comforters, blankets, placemats, linens, and oriental and area rugs. They also have an in-house alterations specialist.

You’ll always be greeted with a friendly smile or even some happy laughter with Nik or Susie. They are hardworking and committed to providing excellent service to their customers.

Once construction is complete on the project, Nik is looking forward to how the roadway will be flowing better for everyone – people driving, walking, rolling and biking.

Since the pandemic hit earlier this spring, Peacock Cleaners has been making cloth face coverings – to donate and sell. It started when several of their clients were working in the healthcare industry and had a shortage of PPE, so Nik decided to make and donate them. Since then, they have made thousands of masks and they try to keep them in stock for everyone who needs one. They even accept bulk orders!

Nik’s tips – if you get any spots or stains, don’t touch it and just let him deal with it first! And let’s all do the right thing and follow the rules to get through the pandemic.

Stop by to see them today! Peacock Cleaners is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Peacock Cleaners
15898 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego
503-636-0934 or 503-784-4111
https://www.facebook.com/peacockcleaners

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.

Construction Update 6/3/20

An Exciting Partial Milestone!

Notice anything different recently, in the area on Boones Ferry Road south of Bryant Road? The overhead utility poles are gone!

In mid-May, PGE and telecommunications utilities completed their service switchovers and removed the overhead poles between Madrona and Bryant. While we’re still progressing in the northern portion with undergrounding, it is exciting to see this partial milestone occur in this southern portion of the project!

Watch this quick video recap!

Crews continue installing the main underground joint utility trench in the northern portion.

They expect to complete this work in the next month or so. Once all the vaults and conduit are installed in this portion, the utility companies will return to begin their final switchover!

Temporary Traffic Signal – Bryant x Boones Ferry x Firwood

After the utility poles were removed in the southern portion, crews were able to install a new temporary traffic signal at the Bryant x Boones Ferry x Firwood intersection.

This is needed in order to switch travel lanes and continue work in the south. It will also allow crews to deactivate and remove the existing signal and begin installing the new traffic signal poles at this widened intersection.

New Traffic Switch – Scheduled for Thursday Night 6/4

Weather permitting, starting Thursday night 6/4, the work zone south of Bryant Road is expected to change. Between Bryant Road and Madrona Streets, traffic will be shifted onto the west side of the road, so crews can begin working on the east side improvements and widening. Watch the video to learn more.

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.

Crews expect to begin demolishing the existing sidewalks and pavement to prepare for widening in this area the week beginning 6/8.

Other Miscellaneous Work

  • Forming and pouring concrete for new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and stormwater planters on the east side (McDonald’s) between Bryant and Reese Road is expected to occur over the coming months.
  • Handrail is being installed on some retaining walls.

  • Quarry Road between Boones Ferry Road and Oakridge Road remains closed. Crews are working on the traffic island and plan to pave the area in mid-June.

  • The newly installed waterline in the area between Bryant and Reese Road is being pressure tested. Installation of new water meters will follow.
  • NW Natural is progressing with relocating their gas line north of Reese Road. Once this is complete, crews will continue installing the waterline north of Reese Road.
  • Crews are making progress installing portions of stormwater and water lines in the most northern section of the project, and stormwater facility planters on Red Cedar Way, Lanewood Street, and on Boones Ferry Road between Douglas Way and Lanewood Street.
  • Stormwater work on Bryant Road remains. Once this is complete, crews can complete the widening on Bryant as it approaches Boones Ferry Road.

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.

Follow the Blue Cones

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

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 5/1/20

This is a long overdue update. Please know although we haven’t sent an update out in a while, things have not slowed down on the project. In fact, they have ramped up dramatically since early March.

COVID-19 and Construction

Under the governor’s stay home save lives executive order, your road construction is considered an essential operation. Our goal has been to continue making progress every day on essential infrastructure that is part of the Boones Ferry Road project improvements. We are thankful to provide work for our contractors and deliver vital services to the community. Stormwater systems, water lines, utilities, roadway pavement, traffic control devices, lighting, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks – all essential infrastructure that are becoming even more critical during the current public health crisis.

Since COVID-19, our contractor and team have actually accelerated work in areas where they were previously restricted. Due to the school closures, the contractor has been able to begin working on the new traffic signal at the Lake Grove Elementary School/Lanewood Street, and begin realigning the school driveway. This work was originally scheduled to take place later this year during summer break.

Also, given traffic has been significantly reduced, the contractor expanded their work zone further north and has been doing more work during the day.

Project staff and crews are continuing to adhere to the executive order and maintain physical distancing guidelines in the field and site offices.

What’s been happening since mid-March?

A lot! Here are just some of the activities that have taken place:

Undergrounding Utilities

PGE has been on site in the southern portion between Bryant Road and Madrona Street, pulling in their cables, moving transformers, and has completed their switch over connections for customers to the new underground lines in this area.

The communications companies have also been installing what they can into their new facilities and switching customers’ connections.  NW Natural has almost completed switching over customers from the old gas line to the newly installed gas line.

While utility companies have been working in the southern area, the contractor has continued progressing north towards the school with the underground joint utility trench and conduit installation.

Stormwater

The majority of new stormwater pipe has been installed throughout the length of the project.

Water

The contractor has also recently installed portions of a new water line between Bryant Road and Reese Road. The contractor will begin working on the remaining water line installation over the coming weeks.

Sidewalks, Curbs and Walls

Sidewalks from Firwood Road to Madrona Street on the west side (Keller Williams side) have been installed.  Most of the walls on the project are now complete – two remain.

Curbs and gutter on Firwood Road, in front of Albertsons, along Quarry Road, and at the new Lake Grove Elementary School driveway were also installed last week.

Signals and Lighting

In late March, the contractor expanded their work zone further north to Douglas Way, including the temporary traffic configuration of one lane in each direction and a center turn lane.

Since then, they have started working on the new traffic signal at the school driveway, and realigning the driveway. Work has also continued to progress on installing the new street light pole foundations and illumination conduit.

What’s coming up?

Undergrounding

PGE’s next step is to remove the overhead wiring. Once PGE has removed their aerial wires, the communication companies will then be able to remove the remainder of their wires. (There is a hierarchy for the order in which the facilities can be removed). Once all the wiring is removed, PGE will then remove the poles.

The contractor will continue their undergrounding effort of installing the infrastructure (conduit and vaults) in the northern section, in anticipation of PGE and the telecommunications companies to begin their switchover. They are aiming to be complete with the undergrounding preparation work in the next month or so.

Once PGE is finished in the southern portion, they will likely move into the northern section and repeat the process all the way to the Lake Grove Elementary School.

Traffic Switch & Signal Installation

The contractor will continue work on the new signal at Lanewood Street, with the goal of having the new signalized intersection activated in early fall (before school returns).

Once the power poles are removed in the southern portion, crews will pave and install a temporary traffic signal at Bryant/Boones Ferry/Firwood. This will enable the widening work at the Bryant Road intersection to continue.

Pole removal will also allow crews to then shift the travel lanes over to the west side and begin working on the east portion along the Lake Grove Shopping Center frontage. Stay tuned for more information on when this traffic shift will occur.

Stormwater and Water Work

Over the coming weeks, crews will continue to work on installing portions of stormwater and water lines in the northern section of the project, and stormwater facility planters on Red Cedar Way, and on Boones Ferry Road between Douglas Way and Lanewood Street.

Sidewalks, Curbs, Grading and Walls

Now the curbs are installed along the Albertsons’ frontage, the contractor will be able to work on the sidewalk construction. Two retaining walls remain in the northern portion, and will be poured over the coming weeks.

Once the waterline and gas lines are complete up to Reese Road, the contractor will grade the roadway for curb, gutter, and sidewalk on the eastside (McDonald’s side) from Bryant Road to Reese Road.

Work Hours

There has still been ongoing day and night work throughout the project area. When work is occurring at night, traffic is flagged and shifted to one lane. Thank you to all residents, businesses and property owners for your continued patience with the construction and impacts.

Support Your Businesses

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Shop Lake Grove raffle and featured business video promotional campaign are on HOLD. If you are a business that is participating, please keep your boxes stored in a safe place with the entry cards in them. We will revisit how to approach or relaunch this again in the future.

We will continue to support businesses and work with you throughout the project, and we encourage residents and customers to support businesses too! Many are still open or offering alternative options for pick-up or delivery during this time.

Open for Business List

In addition, to promote and support our local economy, the City has created a list of local Lake Oswego businesses that are open and providing essential services during the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you (businesses or residents that know a business!) to add your information to the list by filling out the survey: https://bit.ly/2yoyHuc

The ‘Open for Business’ list is available on the City’s coronavirus website under “Business & Employee Resources.” Here is a direct link:  https://bit.ly/34ihezf. The list is updated frequently with new additions.

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 3/13/20

Inspiring Future Engineers and Contractors

Our Boones Ferry Road project team inspired future civil engineers and construction contractors last week! 20 Lakeridge Middle School students participated in an all-day, hands-on learning experience and construction site visit with the project team, consultants and contractors. Watch this short video capturing the day.

This special event was also timely to showcase our unique, all-female City project team (Crystal Shum, Stacy Bluhm and Katy Kerklaan), as it was National Women in Construction Week! Hard hats off to the wonderful women who work in construction, public works and engineering services. You are paving the way for future women and young girls in engineering and construction!

Multiple Crews Working Throughout the Project

Due to the nature and scope of this project, there are multiple crews working throughout the entire corridor and on side streets – both day and night. Please plan extra time when traveling throughout the project area.

First Base Lift of Paving!

In late February, crews took advantage of some optimal weather, pouring the first base lift of asphalt on the west side of Boones Ferry Road between West Sunset Blvd. and Firwood Road, and portions of Bryant Road, Madrona Street and Firwood Road.

Earlier this week, crews also paved a new asphalt pathway on Lanewood Street (between First Citizens Bank and Boones Way).

A final overlay of asphalt and permanent striping will be installed at the end of the project.

In the coming weeks, crews will begin tearing out the existing sidewalk and preparing for new curbs and sidewalk along the Albertsons frontage on Firwood Road and Boones Ferry Road. They will also be preparing for curbs and sidewalk on the east side of Boones Ferry Road, between Oakridge and Bryant Road.

Undergrounding Operation

Next week, PGE crews are expected to arrive to the site to begin their switch from overhead to underground power in the southern area of the project. They will switch over services, and eventually remove the above ground power poles between Bryant and Madrona (the first segment). Some of this work is taking place during the day, and some at night.

The contractor is making good progress installing underground conduit and utility vaults, making their way towards the Oakridge Road/Reese Road intersection. This work will continue over the coming weeks and is being conducted at night. While crews are working in or near the intersection at night, the signal will be shut-off and traffic will be flagged.

NW Natural Gas has also been installing a new gas line and connections for customers.

Please note, any planned utility shutdowns for customers will be coordinated by the utility companies, and typically occur after business hours.

Stormwater Work

In the coming weeks, the contractor may start work on some miscellaneous stormwater pipe, access holes and planter facilities on Boones Ferry Road, north of Lanewood Street, and on Red Cedar Way, near the Kindercare. This work will most likely be conducted with a single lane closure from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Illumination Poles and Signal Pole Foundations

The electrical subcontractor has started excavating to prepare for pouring signal pole foundations at the Lanewood Street (Lake Grove Elementary School) intersection, at McDonald’s and Reese Road. They are also installing illumination bases in the area between Bryant Road and Oakridge Road, on the west and east side of Boones Ferry Road. This work will continue over the next few weeks.

Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Riccardo’s Ristorante and Café Marzocca!

If you’ve lived, worked or visited in Lake Oswego in the last 40 years, chances are you’ve been to Riccardo’s Ristorante or Café Marzocca! Opened in 1980, Riccardo’s is a warm, family, Italian restaurant where patrons are treated more like family members than customers.

Watch the video featuring owners Georgette and Riccardo Spaccarelli share their passion for this community and for creating their own little part of Italy right here in Lake Oswego. They stay true to their Italian culture and cuisine, trying to turn your stomach into an Italian by using family recipes from Italy, serving only Italian wines and their favorite Italian coffee (Illy).

Click here to read more about Riccardo’s and Café Marzocca!

Shop Lake Grove Raffle Continues!

Our Shop Lake Grove monthly raffle continues!  Each month, we are giving away TWO $100 gift cards to participating businesses located in the project area. This month, winners selected Zupan’s and Riccardo’s for their gift cards.

Stop by one of these businesses to enter the raffle. Each month the raffle starts fresh, so keep coming back to visit your local businesses to enter.

If you are a business that is eligible and interested in participating in the Shop Lake Grove campaign, please complete this survey to sign up!

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.

 

Riccardo’s Ristorante & Cafe Marzocca

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Riccardo’s Ristorante and Café Marzocca!

If you’ve lived, worked or visited in Lake Oswego in the last forty years, chances are you’ve been to Riccardo’s Ristorante or Café Marzocca on Boones Ferry Road. Opened in 1980, Riccardo’s is a warm, family, Italian restaurant where patrons are treated more like family members than customers.

Owners Georgette and Riccardo Spaccarelli are often there to greet you with a friendly smile, wonderful hospitality, and even a hug. Having a long passion for family and the Italian dining tradition – where dining is not just about eating, but more about an event – Riccardo and Georgette have created their own little part of Italy right here in the Lake Oswego community.

The Spaccarelli’s stay true to their Italian culture and cuisine – trying to turn your stomach into an Italian by using family recipes from Italy, serving only Italian wines and “the best” Italian coffee (Illy). In the warmer and drier months, they open their outdoor seating area with a large terra-cotta patio and fountains in the center for all to enjoy.

Generations of customers have gone through their restaurant over 40 years – some of the children that used to play in their fountain are now working there!

In 1990, Georgette and Riccardo decided to expand their exclusively Italian offerings by opening a café and retail wine shop – Café Marzocca and Vin Italy – located across the parking lot from Riccardo’s. In the Café, on the second Saturday of every month from noon to 3 p.m. they host a wine tasting of 6-8 wines, along with anti pasti from the ristorante.

Riccardo and Georgette were intrinsically involved in the development of the improvements for the Boones Ferry Road project. Riccardo was a key member of the eight-member project advisory committee, providing input into streetscape features, lighting, crosswalks, and interpretive elements. He recalls how the project was a dream 20 years ago – it’s been a long road to get it to the point of construction, but they are excited to start seeing some of the pieces coming together.

In conjunction with the road construction, the Spacarelli’s thought it was a good time to also give Vin Italy and Café Marzocca a facelift. New windows, doors, stonework, stucco and an awning are being placed, and Riccardo’s will also receive some architectural work once the road project is complete.

Both Café Marzocca and Riccardo’s Ristorante are participating in our monthly Shop Lake Grove raffle, so be sure to drop off an entry card when you stop by to visit!

Riccardo’s Ristorante
16035 Boones Ferry Road
(503) 636 4104
https://www.riccardoslo.com/

Café Marzocca & Vin Italy
16045 Boones Ferry Road
https://www.riccardoslo.com/cafe-bar-marzocca

Inspiring Future Civil Engineers and Construction Contractors

On Tuesday, March 3, our all-female City project team leading the Boones Ferry Road (BFR) Project engaged 20 students from Lakeridge Middle School in an all-day event to showcase the multi-million dollar road project, and to provide an opportunity to both create and observe engineering and construction in action.

Leading the way

The City project team (Crystal Shum, project lead; Stacy Bluhm, project engineer; and Katy Kerklaan, communications and public outreach), also joined by Erica Rooney, city engineer, and Chad Maxwell, construction manager from Otak, Inc. kicked off the day by sharing their unique stories and backgrounds, personal challenges or obstacles they had overcome, and how they got to where they are today in their careers.

Rene Miller, construction assistant, and Dan Payne, superintendent from Wildish – the General Contractor building the BFR project – were also on-hand to share information, fun giveaways and support the kids.

Building a road

To provide the kids with a hands-on experience, the project team and Cheri Davidson (TAG Coordinator at Lakeridge) developed a small group activity with defined roles to “Build a Road” based on engineering specifications and plan sheets that resembled similar infrastructure and elements that are being installed as part of the BFR project.

The team provided materials for the kids to purchase, and a tracking sheet for each group to manage their costs. Elements included installing: stormwater access holes, storm pipe, conduit for underground utilities, new sidewalk, new roadway with rock and asphalt, lane striping and the option to install bike lanes.

The group learned there are a myriad of skills involved in engineering and construction – not just math and science – but a lot more problem solving, project management, and working together as a team to resolve issues.

All aboard the excavator

In the afternoon, the project team led the group out in the field to show them some of the real-life issues they deal with, and had them learn from our contractors about how they operate equipment and actually construct the project.

One of the subcontractors for the project – Turney Excavating Inc. – set up stations and the kids learned about some of the technology they use (GPS) in the field and how they operate different pieces of equipment. All the kids climbed aboard a loader and excavator, looked inside 48“ stormwater pipe and access holes, viewed the new sidewalks being formed, new asphalt placed, special artistic elements, and retaining walls that were in different stages of being constructed.

This was not only memorable and rewarding for the kids, but also for the project team, consultants and contractors who participated in the day. We hope it made a difference in the kids’ lives and their career choices!

National Women in Construction Week

This special event was also timely, as it is National Women in Construction Week (March 1-7)! There is still a large gender gap in the civil engineering and construction fields.

We celebrate the wonderful women who work in construction, public works and engineering services in Lake Oswego! You are paving the way for the future.

We are proud of our all-female project team leading the BFR project to success, and inspiring other women and young girls to work in Engineering and Construction! Thanks Katy, Crystal and Stacy! (pictured below)

 

 

 

Construction Update 2/7/20

Another milestone was met this week when crews poured the first portion of new sidewalks and driveway aprons between Madrona Street and Firwood Road!

Additional concrete pours are scheduled over the coming month. Thank you to property owners and businesses for your cooperation and patience during the concrete pours.

Weather permitting, early next week crews plan to place some temporary hot asphalt down and also add some additional temporary striping within the project area travel lanes (including some side streets).

In mid-late February, crews also plan to begin paving a first base layer of asphalt on the west side of Boones Ferry Road between West Sunset Blvd. and Firwood Road., a portion of Bryant Road and a portion of Firwood Road.  At this time, they may also install the new asphalt pathway on Lanewood Street (between First Citizens Bank and Boones Way). This work is weather dependent.

A final overlay of asphalt and permanent striping will be installed at the end of the project.

Walls

Crews continue to pour new retaining walls throughout the corridor. Stone masons have been placing stone veneer on new walls at Madrona Street and in front of the Olson Memorial Clinic. This work will continue over the next few months.

Utility Undergrounding

Crews continue installing underground conduit and utility vaults between Quarry Road and Oakridge Road. NW Natural has been installing a new gas line, and electrical crews have been installing electrical conduit for street lighting and signal power. Work will continue ramping up in this area over the coming months.

PGE is expected to arrive in late February to begin their switch from overhead to underground power in the area south of Quarry Road. They will switch over services, and eventually remove the above ground power poles between Bryant and Madrona (the first segment). Some of this work is taking place during the day, and some at night. Any planned shutdowns for customers will be coordinated by the utility companies, and typically occur after business hours.

Stormwater Lines

Crews have made good progress on installing a new stormwater line on Reese Road and Boones Ferry Road. This work is being conducted at night with flaggers, to minimize impacts to traffic. Stormwater work is expected to continue over the next few weeks before crews switch to installing a new waterline.

New Stop Sign at Madrona Street x Waluga Drive

This week, a new all-way stop was installed at the intersection of Madrona and Waluga. Curb extensions have also been installed here to help with traffic calming. Watch for this new traffic pattern.

Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Naomi’s Lampshades and Lamps!

Not many businesses can say they have operated in Lake Oswego since 1942, but Naomi’s is one of those rare treasures! They are a local, independently owned, full-service lamp and lampshade store (the biggest on the west coast).

Watch the video featuring owners Celina and Mark Williams sharing their story and love for making custom lamps and repairing them. There is a running joke among Naomi’s customers that if Naomi’s cannot fix it, nobody can! So come on by, bring in your old lampshade for a refresh, or see if they can make something special incorporating a sentimental item from your childhood or a unique keepsake. They may even turn you into a lamp!

Shop Lake Grove Raffle Continues!

Our Shop Lake Grove monthly raffle continues! Each month, we are giving away TWO $100 gift cards to participating businesses located in the project area. Stop by one of these businesses to enter the raffle. Each month the raffle starts fresh, so keep coming back to visit your local businesses to enter.

If you are a business that is eligible and interested in participating in the Shop Lake Grove campaign, please complete this survey to sign up!

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.

Naomi’s Lampshades and Lamps

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Naomi’s Lampshades and Lamps!

Established in 1942 in Lake Oswego, Naomi’s Lampshades and Lamps is a local, independently owned, full-service lamp and lampshade store, providing one-of-a-kind high-quality lamps and accessories. With over 8,000 lampshades available – and all American made – Naomi’s is the biggest lampshade supplier on the west coast. They also provide expert lamp repair and restoration, parts and accessories for all your lamp products (including the largest supply of finials), and custom lampshade and lamp design – often incorporating sentimental parts supplied by customers.

Naomi’s owners, Celina and Mark Williams, have operated the business for seven years, following from three previous owners who all retired at the store over its 77 year operation. They feel fortunate to operate a business that has been in the community for such a long time, having served multiple generations of Lake Oswego and Oregon residents.

Mark and Celina Williams have owned and operated Naomi’s for seven years

Celina has a special love for design. She particularly enjoys making her customers’ dream projects a reality. A fan of fixing anything and everything, Mark enjoys repairing lamps (and often other items!), but also making new and unique products. There is a running joke among Naomi’s customers that if Naomi’s cannot fix it, no one can.

Naomi’s staff have made some quirky and unique projects in their time, including incorporating baby shoes, glass cups, and shotguns or even making an Adam’s Family themed lamp for a Halloween party. One of their most spectacular projects was fixing and restoring the Swarovski crystal candelabras and lighting for the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. Mark’s most memorable repair was restoring a chandelier to its original shape and beauty that was damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

Celina and Mark are looking forward to the new, fresh look the Boones Ferry Road project will bring to Lake Grove and to serving the new residents moving to the community.

At Naomi’s, they say that if you stand in the store long enough, they can turn you into a lamp! So come on by, bring in your old lampshade for a refresh, or see if they can make something special incorporating a sentimental item from your childhood or a unique keepsake! The friendly staff at Naomi’s are here to help make your dream project a reality!

They are also participating in our monthly Shop Lake Grove raffle, so be sure to drop off an entry card in the box.

Naomi’s Lamps and Lampshades
15942 Boones Ferry Road
503-636-1884
http://naomislampshadesandlamps.com/

Coming your way: a safer, more appealing Boones Ferry Road for all