Landscaping Update

We’ve recently received several calls and inquiries about the landscaping, planters and trees being installed on Boones Ferry Road as part of the project. Outlined below is some key information.

Tree Staking, Dead Plants or Dying Trees

Our project team and contractor are fully aware of some of the trees having issues with the staking and these are being addressed. We are committed to making sure the project, when completed, meets the intended design.

With a project of this size and scope, there will always be some plants and trees that die or are not in good shape. Ultimately, some of the trees and plants either need to be replanted, re-staked or replaced (some have died since being planted). Our landscaper re-staked and straightened some of the trees this week.

Given we are having an unseasonably dry and hot spring, we are now waiting to install the remainder of the plants and trees in the project corridor until later this fall in order to give them the best chance of survival.

 Warranty Periods and Responsibility

The contractor is responsible for plant procurement, installation, establishment, maintenance and replacement.

Our landscape architect has conducted site visits and inventoried the plants. They will conduct a “substantial completion” punchlist walkthrough with the contractor once all the plants and landscaping is installed, where they will “accept” or “approve” the landscaping. During the inspection, if plants or trees that have been installed are not accepted, they will be marked and the contractor will be required to replace them. This then kicks off a one year establishment and warranty period.

Any plants or trees that die within the one year warranty period are required to be replaced by the contractor. After that time, it is then the City’s responsibility for ongoing maintenance in the public right-of-way; and for private areas, it is the property owner’s requirement to maintain the plants.

Types of Trees and Landscaping

In general, the selected plant and tree species in the project corridor are more drought tolerant. Urban roadway conditions are harsh environments for plants and therefore plant selections favored those that can tolerate windy, dry conditions and reflect heat. Some native species that are adaptable to these conditions were included in the plan. Many of these plants (the oak trees in particular) will be very well adapted to the urban conditions that are hotter and drier than our “native” environment. 

We have a wide variety of colorful plants that will display their show during different seasons. Daisy Bush, Ceanothus, Cistus, Heather, Cornus, Mahonia, Rhus, Zauschenaria, Achillea, Asclepias, Asters, Baptisia, Camas, Echinacea, Helenium, Iris, Lupine, Monkey Flower, Sisyrinchium are just some examples.  Most of these varieties are well-adapted to the conditions, with several being native and low resource intensive.  Grasses are used for their toughness and lasting qualities of texture and movement.  Annuals and hanging baskets can be included in the future when the project is complete.

A lot of consideration was also given to the placement of the plants and trees to ensure they wouldn’t block sight distance or pedestrian crossings.

Development of the Landscaping Plan

The project’s landscaping plan was developed through a robust public involvement process, led by landscape architects. Our Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was heavily involved in the plant and tree selection process. While they were advocates for native plants, they desired something different for the Lake Grove area and were interested in having a variety of uncommon, adaptable non-native plants.  They also desired a robust planting scheme and recognized our limitations of space and harsh conditions. These plans were reviewed, discussed and accepted by the PAC and through a public involvement process that allowed public comment. Our public works arborist and beautification specialist was also involved in the review of the plant list.

Stormwater Planters & Swales   

Green infrastructure – stormwater rain gardens, planters and swales – play an important role in collecting stormwater and filtering pollutants out of the dirty runoff, to protect our rivers, lakes and streams.

Directing runoff to a more natural, vegetated system reduces the amount of runoff in our storm system, allows water to slowly soak into the ground, and filters sediments and pollutants to improve water quality.

More than 40 stormwater planters and swales are being installed in the project corridor, to help manage and treat stormwater runoff. This a requirement to meet our Stormwater Management Manual, permitted by the Department of Environmental Quality. Many of these are located in the landscaped medians, and on the east side of the roadway. Those that appear deeper or lower than other landscaped planters are the stormwater planters.

These planters have specific types of planting material, plants and trees that help treat the runoff. Plantings of sedges run through the bottom of the planters and will be the year-round performers in these stormwater facilities.  It is a harsh condition that many plants are not suited for. 

Physocarpus, Salix, Iris, and Mahonia are other prominent shrubs and perennials that will add color and texture and appear different throughout the year.  Cascara, Alder and Magnolia are a few of the trees which are suited to the size and conditions of the facilities.

Metal Edging

The stormwater planters have a metal edge around them which provides a 4” high safety buffer between the pedestrian through zone and the stormwater planters.

There are several other locations in the metropolitan area that also use this edging on planters. Once the plants grow in and develop more, they will also be less noticeable.

Helpful Links

Landscaping Plan: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/03/Final-Planting-Plans.pdf

Tree Species List: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/06/Tree-Species-List-BFR.pdf

Open House Display Boards with Images of Trees and Plants: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/Jan-OH_Display-Boards_FINAL_011019.pdf


Art Heads

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Art Heads Custom Framing!

When you come across Art Heads Custom Framing in Lake Oswego, you will likely meet store manager, Karen Fox. A humble framer of 40 years, Karen won first place in an international framing competition for best frame/print and best shadow box.

Art Heads in Lake Oswego has been operating for almost 20 years. It’s a small little store and neighborhood shop.

Everyone who works at Art Heads is an accomplished framer. Karen is a gilder, so she can do gold leaf and silver leaf. She also does great shadow boxes, which she particularly enjoys. They can do some wood finishing, oil paint restoration, hand finish frames or make repairs. They seem to offer a lot of things that other framing shops don’t. Here is one shadow box Karen recently created for a client.

You can tell Karen loves her job and making clients happy. She wakes up in the morning and is happy to go to work. She feels the best part of working at Art Heads is the clientele, helping them with framing their artwork or memories – you create a bond with your client and their stories can break your heart.

During the pandemic, Art Heads saw an increase in customers who were bringing in old pieces that may have been left in the attic or needed some TLC. Karen also shares that since the road project started, she has received more customers because their store visibility has increased. She noticed that when her parking lot was looking busy and she was getting a lot of new customers, so too was Sherwin Williams across the street – many people were working on home projects and she has loved meeting new clients.

Karen has spent time not only working in Lake Oswego but living here. She is excited for the transformation of the road. Her analogy: “it’s like putting a new frame on an old piece, this artwork that has been hanging in your home and you love it, but the frame is dated and maybe chipped. It’s like that with the road, with Boones Ferry Road.” She feels it is going to revitalize the whole area, and she is particularly excited for the new signal and crosswalk at Lanewood Street intersection.

Be sure to stop in and see Karen at Art Heads for all your framing needs!

Art Heads Custom Framing
15630 Boones Ferry Road, Suite #4
503-635-5266
www.art-heads.com

Construction Update 6/8/21

The transformation of Boones Ferry Road continues, with construction approaching the finish line in early fall! While we are now in the final months of construction, there are still several major traffic changes in the works for the project. Read below for more information on what to expect.

Recent Progress

Major work is complete in the area south of Bryant Road. Some miscellaneous plantings, artistic elements, concrete repairs, and activation of the mid-block crossing remain. See some recent photos here.

The Madrona Street signal was activated in late April, along with u-turns being permitted at the Bryant Road signal!

Crews are making fantastic progress building the new raised landscaped medians between Bryant Road and Reese Road. Concrete pours will continue over the next few weeks for portions of the medians. Paving will take place in late June.

Work in the northern area is also taking place, between Reese Road and Red Cedar Way. Crews have been forming and pouring new curbs, sidewalks and stormwater planters on the east side (Vic’s/Bar Method side). Paving will also take place in late June.

More Traffic Changes Coming Up

Lanewood Signal Activation & U-turns!

Crews are making the final preparations and arrangements for activating the new signalized intersection at Lanewood Street and Boones Ferry Road. This will also include activating the new permitted u-turns at this signal and the new crosswalks! This is expected to occur in late June.

Oakridge/Reese/Boones Ferry Road Intersection

In late June, the intersection of Oakridge /Reese /Boones Ferry Road will be completely reconstructed and paved. Reese Road between Boones Ferry Road and Lake Grove Avenue will also be paved.

To minimize impacts, this work is planned to take place over one weekend beginning Friday night, June 25 and continuing through Sunday night, June 27. Stay tuned for more information on the schedule and work hours.

What to expect:

  • Reese Road will be closed to through traffic between Boones Ferry Road and Lake Grove Avenue
  • Oakridge Road at Boones Ferry Road will be right in/right out only
  • The Oakridge/Reese/Boones Ferry signal will be turned off and flaggers will direct northbound and southbound traffic through the intersection – expect delays
  • Access will remain open to all businesses in the corridor – use Boones Ferry Road to access business driveways
  • There will be periods where traffic will be traveling on gravel or rock while they rebuild and grade the roadway – please drive safely

Please plan ahead for extra travel time or find an alternate route during this work.

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

Northbound Post Office Access Change

Once Oakridge/Reese Road intersection paving is complete, crews will start working on the final medians between Reese Road and Lanewood Street. This will change the northbound access to the Lake Grove Post Office by permanently removing the current left turn access.

Starting in late June, if you are traveling northbound on Boones Ferry Road, instead of turning left into the post office parking lot:

  • Continue north on Boones Ferry Road,
  • Make a U-turn at the new Lanewood Street traffic signal,
  • From southbound Boones Ferry Road, turn right into the parking lot.

The Post Office will keep its current one-way entrance off Boones Ferry Road and one-way exit off Oakridge Road.

The new access replaces a sometimes challenging and potentially hazardous left turn across multiple traffic lanes.

New McDonald’s Signal Activation

After paving is complete and traffic loops are installed, the new signal will be activated. This is expected to occur in early-mid July.

Oakridge/Reese Signal U-turn Activation

As a reminder, all five signals in our project limits will eventually allow controlled u-turn movements. U-turns are expected to be activated at the Oakridge/Reese intersection in early August.

Final Activities

One “final” lift of asphalt will be placed over the entire project area, between Madrona Street and Lanewood Street. This will take place later this summer, followed by final striping.

Landscaping will continue to be installed throughout the project limits through early September, along with other minor punchlist items.

Councilors Tour Project!

In late April, Mayor Buck and Councilors Mboup and Manz had a behind-the-scenes tour of the streetscape and roadway improvements with project team members, Crystal Shum and Katy Kerklaan.

Thanks for visiting the progress and reminding the traveling public that the new Madrona Street signal is now active and u-turns are permitted!

Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road!

In April we featured Dogtopia, and in May we featured Kumon.  

Read all about our featured businesses here.

Watch out for Art Head’s video feature coming soon!

#ShopLakeGrove Raffle!

Interested in winning a $100 gift card ? Enter our #ShopLakeGrove raffle today!

It’s easy to enter:

📸 Take a pic at a participating business (visit link in bio for the details)

📲 Post it on social (make sure your post is public!) or email info@boonesferryproject.org

🔈 Mention the business & use #ShopLakeGrove!

Remember, this raffle runs throughout construction of the Boones Ferry project and each month it starts fresh. Over 30 businesses are participating!

Lake Grove Farmers’ Market Pilot – thanks for stopping by!

Thanks to the many people who stopped by our project information booth at the Farmers’ Market on March 7 and again on April 25. It was great to chat with you, answer your questions, and provide helpful information about the project!

More Information?

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

Kumon

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Kumon Math and Reading of Lake Grove!

Debbie Siegel, owner of Kumon Lake Grove, started the learning center in 2003 when she wanted to build academic enrichment for her own daughters. Kumon offers preschool through high school tutoring help in both reading and math. Together they try to prepare kids for school, and being self-sufficient in high school.

Kumon as a company has been in operation for 63 years. Active in 50 countries, Kumon is very well-respected overall worldwide.

Because Kumon is an international program, Debbie and her staff see a lot of kids from all over the world. At Kumon Lake Grove, as a staff they speak seven languages, so they are here to serve people from everywhere. Debbie loves that it’s a really fun chance to get to know kids from all over the world and their families.

When the pandemic hit, Debbie switched all services to online. Recently, they started offering in-person two days a week, but they are still offering online options seven days a week.  A lot of families have liked the online option, not only because it was safer, but it was also more convenient.

When you ask Debbie about what she loves about owning a business in Lake Grove, she shares that it is having that sense of community and sense of place. She is seeing it be illustrated right now with the project’s little pieces and decorative accents that are going in. In conjunction with the construction, a lot of owners have also done something different to make their businesses more welcoming. Debbie is most looking forward to seeing families and kids coming in from the neighborhoods more, and especially having a new signal at her driveway across from McDonald’s!  

To help families and support kids in catching up, Debbie has waived registration fees since the start of the pandemic. Families can enroll at any time and most lessons are one-on-one.  

Visit Kumon’s website or call to sign-up for an orientation session!

Kumon Math and Reading of Lake Grove
16063 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego
https://www.kumon.com/lake-grove
503-635-2647

Dogtopia

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Dogtopia!

In March 2020 – right at the start of the pandemic – the Lake Oswego Dogtopia became the first location to open its doors in Oregon. General Manager, Pat Daugherty, says he was grateful they were able to stay open to offer socialization for dogs in a time when socialization was not really allowed. Blakely Thomas, community and marketing manager, feels lucky they were able to provide care and support for many of their pet parents who are essential workers, including teachers, nurses, doctors and grocery store workers.

Both Pat and Blakely love LO. They describe it as being small, but feeling big with many welcoming community members – including lots of doodle breeds! They’ve both enjoyed meeting all the dogs and their pet parents in the community.

At Dogtopia, it’s always the most exciting day ever! They surely can guarantee that for the dogs. Offering daycare, boarding and spa, Dogtopia has spacious, open playrooms. The dogs are placed according to their size, temperament and play, and they are always supervised by a certified canine coach. Each playroom has compressed rubberized flooring, individual HVAC systems, agility equipment, web cams, and they even provide flavored bubbles for all the pups!

At Dogtopia, they encourage dogs of all ages and breeds to have stimulation and socialization at their facilities. Blakely says that all dogs see benefits from daycare, and unlike other daycares, Dogtopia does not have a breed restriction, but they do have a meet and greet process.

As part of their Dogtopia Foundation non-profit mission, Dogtopia Lake Oswego just recently sponsored their first service dog for a returning local veteran. The foundation also provides youth literacy programs where they send dogs into elementary schools and kids can practice their reading with the dogs. In addition, the foundation provides employment opportunities for adults with autism: each location employees at least one adult with autism. https://www.dogtopiafoundation.org/

Blakely and Pat are both looking forward to the new sidewalks, benches, streetscape features, and potential new pups that can walk down to visit them on Boones Ferry Road! At Dogtopia, they have several employees that bike to and from work, so they are especially looking forward to using the new bike lanes. They believe the project will help with the small community feeling and assist other businesses.

Pop by today to check out their new facility and let your dog have the most exciting day ever!

Dogtopia Lake Oswego
16130 Boones Ferry Road, Suite C
https://www.dogtopia.com/lake-oswego/
503-342-2919

Construction Update 4/13/21

We have some very exciting news to share! We are ahead of schedule! Despite all the challenges we’ve experienced since we started construction in summer 2019, we are now expecting to complete the project in early fall vs December 2021.

The project has brought a lot of construction and a rough ride for the last few years. But, a better Boones Ferry Road is taking shape, and the transformation will be complete in just a few more months!

Recent Progress

If you’ve visited the project area recently, you can probably tell that a lot has happened in the past month. Sidewalks are almost complete on the west side between Quarry Road and Oakridge Road. Landscaping is complete in the area between Madrona Street and Bryant Road! See some recent photos here.

A lot of paving is taking place this week, including several driveway approaches and travel lanes between Bryant Road and Oakridge Road. In addition, several concrete pours are occurring, particularly for the ADA curb ramps and the colored concrete panels near the McDonald’s intersection, Oakridge intersection, and the expanded sidewalk area along Riccardo’s.

Oakridge Road between Boones Ferry Road and the post office exit is being paved today, and remains closed until 6 p.m. tonight. Thank you for your patience while we reconstruct this section of roadway!

Upcoming Major Traffic Changes

Please note, the information below was revised with new schedule dates on 4/15/21.

Over the next two weeks, watch out for the following major traffic changes. Please plan extra travel time in the corridor. Several of these traffic changes are permanent changes, and it does take the traveling public some time to adjust to new traffic conditions. Thank you for your patience!

South of Bryant – Striping and Lanes to Reopen!

Now that the major work is complete in the area south of Bryant Road, crews plan to stripe the new roadway, including travel lanes, bike lanes and crosswalks, and reopen this area to two lanes in each direction!

The new mid-block crossing at Keller Williams/Lake Grove Shopping Center is almost complete and will likely be activated next month. Stay tuned for more information on this, but in the meantime, it will remain closed.

One “final” lift of asphalt remains to be placed over the entire project area. This will take place later this summer, followed by final striping.

Madrona Street Signal Activation & U-turns!

Once crews stripe the new signaled intersection at Madrona Street and Boones Ferry, they will then test and activate the new signal. This will also include activating the new permitted u-turns at this signal! This is expected to occur on 4/27.

Bryant Road Signal U-turns!

In addition to the Madrona Street signal U-turn activation, crews will also begin allowing southbound U-turns at the Bryant Road signal.

The raised medians prevent mid-block left turns, which have a high collision rate. Eventually, U-turns will be permitted at all five signals in the project area. To get to a business on the opposite side of the street, traffic will be able to go to the next signaled intersection and make a U-turn.

Center Median Work = Right Turns Only  

Now that the bulk of the streetscape work on the west side of Boones Ferry Road (Albertsons/Chevron side) between Bryant Road and Oakridge Road is complete, crews are getting ready to switch their work zone to install the new raised landscaped medians. 

What to expect in this area:

  • Pedestrians will be shifted onto the new sidewalks
  • The current southbound travel lane will shift to the far west side, abutting the new curbs
  • Crews will set up their work zone in the middle of the roadway
  • The temporary center turn lane will be removed between Bryant and Oakridge/Reese Roads
  • All left-turn movements will be eliminated in to, and out of driveways on Boones Ferry Road
  • While crews excavate and build the new intersection at McDonald’s, no left-turns will be permitted at this intersection. This is expected to last a few days.  

Southbound traffic can use the U-turns at Bryant Road signal or Madrona Street signal.

Traffic Shift North of Oakridge

Once major concrete work is complete along the Post Office frontage and at the Oakridge intersection, crews will then switch to working on the east side improvements between Reese Road and Red Cedar Way. This will also allow crews to finish working on the new signal at Lanewood Street.

Travel lanes will be shifted to the west side of the roadway (post office side). One lane in each direction plus a center turn lane will temporarily remain in this area until work begins on the median.

A Better Boones Ferry Road for All

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

Watch project team members Crystal Shum and Stacy Bluhm share their stories about the vital safety and accessibility improvements that are a core element of the project, and why we are building a better Boones Ferry Road for ALL.

Why Brown Street Name Signs?

We’ve received a few questions recently about why the new street name signs being installed are brown.

Although green is the typical background color for street name signs; blue, brown, or white are allowed as alternative background colors per the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (ref: Section 2D.43.18). Jurisdictions sometimes opt for signs of different colors in different districts as part of their neighborhood identity. The Project Advisory Committee selected the brown sign as part of the project.

The South Waterfront district in Portland also uses brown signs. The Portland Airport uses blue signs.

Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road!

In February, we featured The Bar Method and in March we featured Lake Music.

Read all about our featured businesses here.

Watch out for Dogtopia’s video feature coming soon!

#ShopLakeGrove Raffle!

Interested in winning a $100 gift card just like Bronwyn did? Enter our #ShopLakeGrove raffle today!

It’s easy to enter:

📸 Take a pic at a participating business (visit link in bio for the details)

📲 Post it on social (make sure your post is public!) or email info@boonesferryproject.org

🔈 Mention the business & use #ShopLakeGrove!

Remember, this raffle runs throughout construction of the Boones Ferry project and each month it starts fresh. Over 30 businesses are already participating!

Lake Grove Farmers’ Market Pilot Continues!

Thanks to the many people who stopped by our project information booth at the Farmers’ Market on March 7. It was great to chat with you, answer your questions, and provide helpful information about the project!

Remember, the pilot market runs through April on Sundays from 1 p.m.-5p.m.! More information: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/lgfm

Oakridge Road Closure 4/12-4/13

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

Key details:

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

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

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

Lake Music

This month’s Who’s Who on Boones Ferry Road features Lake Music.

Established in 1970, Lake Music is proud to be a longstanding local business that inspires people to enjoy music and encourages people to want to play and listen to music. Raised in Lake Oswego, Tim Smither is a second generation owner of Lake Music. He is honored to carry on the legacy his dad started in 1970, and it’s no wonder why: music is in his blood. Tim’s grandfather had a music academy in Astoria and his great grandmother taught music out of her home.

Lake Music is the hub for music in LO. They offer lessons, rentals, and repairs, and they sell instruments, books and accessories. They are also building a new recording studio at the store! Lake Music’s goal is to make music accessible to everyone, and there is no age limit – kids as young as three are taking lessons at the store. As Tim shares, anybody can make music, you just got to start!

Although it was a tough adjustment shifting lessons to online services, Lake Music used the COVID-19 quarantine time as a time for growth, transformation and rebirth of the store. They restocked the business, opened new accounts with distributors, changed the organizational structure, and rebranded the store.

Part of that rebranding includes a focus on four key words: Learn, Love, Play, Local. Lake Music feels these are great words to keep you happy, respecting others and live your life to the fullest extent.

Not only has Tim’s family been part of Lake Oswego for 51 years, Tim’s dad played a part in the planning and development of the Boones Ferry project. Lake Music is excited to see it actually happening, becoming a physical reality. Lake Oswego continues to grow, and they are looking forward to seeing how the project improves traffic flow. Tim believes the smartest decision was adding the new signalized intersection and crossings at the Lake Grove Elementary school to help ensure safety for kids.

If you ask Tim why he is passionate about music, he’ll say that he doesn’t know one person in this world that doesn’t like music. The level of connection you can have with music is incredible. Music has been around since the dawn of time, and Lake Music is happy to be part of a small slice of the benefit of music to communities and people.

Stop by to check out their revamped store, or sign-up for a virtual or in-person lesson today!

Lake Music
15560 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego
503-636-3666
Website

A Better Boones Ferry Road for All

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

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

Construction Update 3/1/21

Traffic Switch Tomorrow

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

Key information:

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

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

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

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

Plants have arrived!

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

A new mid-block crossing is coming along!

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

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

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

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

New Log Bench

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

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

Street signs are being installed

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

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

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

#Shop Lake Grove Raffle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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