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.

 

Reminder: Open House – Thursday Jan. 10

Project design is complete for the Boones Ferry Road Improvement Project!

The Project Team and Project Advisory Committee invite you to view the new street designs up close, meet the designers and ask questions at an open house tomorrow night.

Please join us:

Thursday, January 10
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (stop by anytime during these hours)
Lake Oswego Maintenance Center
17601 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego

We’ll share large maps, as well as sample images of the improvements at various intersections and artistic elements. All materials shared at the open house will be available on the project website’s reference materials section shortly after the event.

In spring 2019, the project team expects to select a contractor to build the project. Construction is now expected to start in mid-2019, and take two and a half years to complete. During construction, some travel lanes will be closed and traffic will be shifted. There will be delays and disruption, but Boones Ferry Road will remain open during construction.

When construction is complete, you’ll see:

  • Improved safety and efficiency for people walking, biking and driving
  • Safer, easier business access
  • Improved roadway drainage and sidewalk connections
  • An attractive streetscape more likely to draw customers

Stay Informed

For more information, or to sign up to receive e-newsletters, visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org or call 503-697-6573. You can also read the latest in the Winter 2018/2019 newsletter.

Save the Date: Jan. 10, 2019 Open House

Project design is coming to a close for the Boones Ferry Road Improvement Project!

The Project Team and Project Advisory Committee invite you to view the new street designs up close, meet the designers and ask questions at an open house:

Thursday, January 10, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lake Oswego Maintenance Center,
17601 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego

We’ll share large maps, as well as sample images of the improvements at various intersections and artistic elements. All materials shared at the open house will be available on the project website’s reference materials section shortly after the event.

Sample rendering of new mid-block pedestrian crossing to be built at Lake Grove Shopping Center

In spring 2019, the project team expects to select a contractor to build the project. Construction is now expected to start in mid-2019, and take two and a half years to complete. During construction, some travel lanes will be closed and traffic will be shifted. There will be delays and disruption, but Boones Ferry Road will remain open during construction.

When construction is complete, you’ll see:

  • Improved safety and efficiency for people walking, biking and driving
  • Safer, easier business access
  • Improved roadway drainage and sidewalk connections
  • An attractive streetscape more likely to draw customers

Stay Informed

For more information, or to sign up to receive e-newsletters, visit www.boonesferryproject.org, email info@boonesferryproject.org or call 503-697-6573. You can also read the latest in the Winter 2018/2019 newsletter.

Notice of Public Hearing and Findings for an Exemption from Competitive Bidding

The Lake Oswego City Council, acting as the Lake Oswego Public Contract Review Board, will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., November 6, 2018, in the Council Chambers, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, Oregon, to consider approving a special procurement for Boones Ferry Road – Phase 1 project using a competitive proposal method for selection of the construction contractor. The competitive proposal method would be in lieu of competitive bidding requirements pursuant to ORS 279C.335(2), ORS 279C.400, and OAR 137-049-0130, -620, -640, and -650.

Interested persons are invited to appear at the public hearing and present comments on the draft findings for the exemption from competitive bidding requirements, or may submit written comments by mail (PO Box 369, 380 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR  97034), personal delivery or email.  Written comments must be received before the day of the hearing.

Click here to view a copy of the findings relating to the exemption from competitive bidding. You can also visit the reference materials section of the website.

Traffic Impact on Boones Ferry Road – 10/11

Tomorrow, Thursday October 11, a large Douglas fir tree will be removed next to the sidewalk near the US Bank/Round Table Pizza businesses on Boones Ferry Road (just south of Bryant Road).

The tree was slated for removal with the road improvement project, but it is being removed now, as part of a local neighborhood enhancement grant project. It will be repurposed into a piece of artwork to be installed at a newly expanded sidewalk area along the improved Boones Ferry Road, once construction is complete.

Crews will be staging equipment in the Round Table parking lot. Work hours will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be a single-lane closure to accommodate equipment from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Access to businesses will be maintained. Please expect some temporary delays during this work.

Project Update

Business Visits

Throughout the spring and summer, project staff have been out visiting more than 150 businesses along the corridor and in the project area to share information, gather contact details and hear construction concerns. THANK YOU for taking the time to chat with us – we have enjoyed meeting you and look forward to keeping you informed as we continue through the next phases of the project. If we missed you, or you received one of our door hangers and would like to set up a time to talk in person, please contact us! We will also be conducting another round of business visits after we get a contractor on board, just before construction starts.

In addition, project staff have been regularly attending the Lake Grove Business Association meetings and look forward to continue partnering with the association to share information and support businesses throughout the project.

Review and Refinement of the Final Design

The design team submitted 95% plans to the project team in the spring. The City, project staff and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have been busy reviewing and commenting on the plans for final refinement. Final plans are expected to be received later this summer.

Right-of-way acquisition is nearing completion. Once the 100% plans are submitted and the needed right-of-way is acquired, the City, project staff and ODOT will conduct a final review of the plans before the project goes out to bid for construction (expected later this fall).

Final PAC Meeting Held

With design essentially complete, the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) held its final meeting last month to review the streetscape elements and the art/history messaging to be incorporated into the final design.

PAC members pictured above, left-right: Lang Bates, Cheryl Uchida, Riccardo Spaccarelli, Trudy Corrigan, Mike Buck, Carolyn Krebs, Bruce Goldson, Debbie Siegel

The PAC has played an integral role in selecting streetscape and aesthetic features of the design. The PAC’s vision has been to make Boones Ferry Road a “great street” by creating a user-friendly, multi-modal gathering area that serves as the centerpiece of Lake Grove for the entire community. The improvements will enhance the streetscape, make the street safer and improve access to businesses and nearby residences.

Thank you, Boones Ferry Road Project Advisory Committee!

At the final  meeting, the PAC celebrated the milestone with a ceremonial cake cutting (below).

Open House

Later this fall, the project team and PAC will hold an open house to share the final designs with the community and discuss construction. Any boards, plans and graphics on display at the open house will also be available on our website. Stay tuned for an invitation.

Temporary Construction Staging Area

In June, City Council approved the purchase of six vacant parcels at the corner of W. Sunset Drive and Boones Ferry Road for use as a temporary staging area during construction of the project. A staging area is a location that is used for storage of construction related equipment, work trailers, vehicles and materials during construction of a large project or development. This site is advantageous to the project and will help minimize equipment and vehicles having to park on side-streets during the construction. More information about the use of the site will be sent to nearby residents and businesses shortly.

Construction

As is the nature with these projects, schedules change frequently. The earliest we anticipate construction to begin is the first quarter of 2019. Construction is expected to take at least two years to complete.

Contact Information

The project team has a new project email address: info@boonesferryproject.org Please email us with any questions or concerns. A dedicated project phone line has also been established: 503-697-6573.

As we get closer to construction, we’ll also be sharing information via the City’s active social media accounts using the hashtag #boonesferryproject

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