Category Archives: Redevelopment Agency

Boones Ferry Road Project Making Strides!

Crews continue to make great progress on the transformation of Boones Ferry Road!

Here are some recent highlights and corresponding photos of the project:

  • The remaining new traffic signal poles and mast arms have been installed at the Oakridge intersection, and new intersection at McDonalds!

  • Street light poles are being installed along new sidewalks between Madrona Street and Reese Road. Crews have been testing those in the area south of Bryant Road, and they are now activated and lighting up the right-of-way!

  • New sidewalks have been poured on the east side of Boones Ferry between Bryant and Reese Road
  • Irrigation is being installed, and planting soil is being placed in the new stormwater and landscaped planters and medians. Plants, trees, grasses, shrubs will start arriving and being placed in February!
  • New bike racks are in, benches, a water fountain and trash cans!

  • Metal lettering embedded in colored concrete (feature photo) has been placed in portions along the new sidewalks, and interpretive cutouts along portions of the coreten stormwater planter edging is installed!

Next Big Traffic Switch Coming Soon  

In early-mid February, crews plan to switch their work zone to the west side of the road (Riccardo’s/Chevron side). Between Bryant Road and Reese Road, traffic will be shifted onto the east side of the road, so crews can begin working on the west side improvements and widening. This is expected to occur in early February.

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.

In mid-February, 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).

#Shop Lake Grove Raffle

Have you entered the raffle? Enter today, it’s so easy! And you could win a $100 gift card to one of our participating businesses!

➡ 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.”

More information?

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

Bryant & Firwood Weekend Road Closure 11/6 – 11/9

Starting tonight, Friday, 11/6 at 10 p.m., the intersection of Bryant, Firwood & Boones Ferry Road will be reconstructed and paved. This work is expected to continue 24/7 over the weekend, through 6 a.m. Monday, 11/9 and will significantly impact normal traffic routes.

Watch this short video to learn about this work, or read more below on what to expect during the weekend.

Key information:

  • Bryant Road will be closed to all through traffic between Upper Drive and Boones Ferry Road (local access for businesses and residents will be permitted)
  • Northbound traffic on Bryant Road will be detoured onto Upper Drive and Reese Road
  • Firwood Road will be closed to all through traffic between Waluga Drive and Boones Ferry Road (local access for businesses and residents will be permitted)
  • Traffic on Firwood will be detoured onto Waluga Drive and Madrona Street
  • One lane in each direction will remain open on Boones Ferry Road, but the signal will be turned off and traffic will be flagged through the intersection
  • Access will remain open to all businesses in the corridor – please use Boones Ferry Road to access driveways

Please plan ahead for extra travel time or find an alternate route during this work. View the map for detour routes and closure areas.

Thank you for your patience during this temporary traffic impact.

For more information, please visit http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/category/project-updates/ 

 

Boones Ferry Road Project Reaches Major Milestone

Great news! Last night, we reached a major milestone: PGE removed the final remaining overhead utility pole in the project area [shown below]!

All utility overhead poles are now removed and all utility cables and wires are underground within the project limits! Next time you travel through the project area, see if you can notice the difference. Here are a few before and after photos:

Undergrounding utilities has been a highly complex and complicated effort since construction started in summer 2019. THANK YOU to all the utility companies, property owners, businesses, customers, and the traveling public for your patience and coordination with this huge feat. There have been many challenges and obstacles along the way, but with collaboration, communication and teamwork, we were able to accomplish the task!

Upcoming Traffic Impacts – Bryant Road & Firwood Road Closure

Crews are making solid progress building the new raised landscaped medians between Bryant Road and Madrona Street. Concrete pours are scheduled to occur over the next few weeks for portions of the medians.

Soon, the intersection of Bryant x Firwood x Boones Ferry Road will be completely reconstructed and paved.

This intersection work will result in a temporary closure on portions of both Bryant Road and Firwood Road. To minimize impacts, this work is planned to take place over one weekend starting at 10 p.m. Friday, November 6 through 6 a.m. Monday, November 9.

During this time:

  • Bryant Road will be closed to through traffic between Upper Drive and Boones Ferry Road
  • Northbound traffic on Bryant Road will be detoured onto Upper Drive and Reese Road
  • Firwood Road will be closed to through traffic between Waluga Drive and Boones Ferry Road
  • Traffic on Firwood will be detoured onto Waluga Drive and Madrona Street
  • The signal will be turned off and flaggers will direct traffic through the intersection
  • One lane in each direction is expected to remain open on Boones Ferry Road during most times
  • 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 – drive safely

Please plan ahead for extra travel time or find an alternate route during these closures. This work is weather dependent and subject to change.

For the latest information, visit www.boonesferryproject.org where you can sign-up for updates. You can also email info@boonesferryproject.org or call 503-697-6573.

Boones Ferry Road Continues its Transformation

Construction continues to make great progress on the transformation of Boones Ferry Road and we are on track for completion of the project in late 2021!

If you’ve traveled along Boones Ferry Road recently, you may have noticed some exciting changes:

  • New traffic signal poles and mast arms have been installed

  • Concrete curbs, ADA curb ramps, and sidewalks continue to be placed throughout the project area

  • Street lighting poles and foundations are being installed

  • Asphalt placed on portions of Bryant Road, Boones Ferry Road, Quarry Road and Lake Grove Elementary Driveway

  • Stormwater pipe, stormwater planter facilities and landscaped planters are being built

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 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.

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.

Thank you to all residents, businesses, property owners, and the traveling public for your continued patience with the construction and impacts.

More Information

Visit boonesferryproject.org for more information or to sign-up for construction e-news.

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

Boones Ferry Road Project News

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

To skip straight to the longer project update, visit: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/2020/05/01/construction-update-5-1-20/

Below is a recap:

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 also 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! Crews have been focused on:

  • Undergrounding utilities
  • Stormwater lines
  • Water lines
  • Sidewalks
  • Curbs
  • Walls
  • Traffic signals
  • Lighting
  • Gas lines
  • Planters
What’s coming up?
  • Continue work on the new signal at Lanewood Street
  • Continue installing underground conduit and vaults working north towards Lanewood Street
  • PGE and telecommunications companies to remove overhead wiring in southern portion, eventually removing the poles
  • Once poles are removed in area between Bryant and Madrona, crews will pave and install a temporary traffic signal at Bryant/Boones Ferry/Firwood to continue widening work at the intersection
  • Travel lanes will be shifted over to the west side of the new widened roadway between Bryant and Madrona and crews will begin working on the east side along the Lake Grove Shopping Center frontage
  • Continue stormwater, water, gas, illumination installation working north
  • Prepare and install new sidewalks along Albertsons’ frontage, and east side between Bryant and Reese Road

Support Your Businesses

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Shop Lake Grove raffle and featured business video promotional campaign are on hold. We will revisit how to approach or relaunch this again in the future.

We continue to support businesses 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.

Check out this ‘Open for Business’ list that the City and Chamber have created including local LO businesses that are open and providing services during COVID-19: https://bit.ly/34ihezf.

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 list is updated frequently with new additions.

More Information

For more information about the Boones Ferry Road project and the latest news, visit http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/bfp/category/project-updates/, email info@boonesferryproject.org or call 503-697-6573.

CITY HALL PROJECT – “TOPPING OUT” MILESTONE

Crews are close to finishing the steel structure for the new City Hall building. By Friday, the last major beam is scheduled to be put in place which will mark a major milestone in the construction process called “Topping Out”.

Topping out on a construction project is a momentous occasion as it signifies that the structural work is complete and the building is ready for other trades. The tradition goes back to 700 AD when structural framing was all wood, carpenters would place a small tree at the top of the structure with the last major framing member. This was a signal to other trades that the building was safe and ready for them to start.

On Friday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. the construction crew will be honoring that tradition. A flag and tree will be placed on the last beam and flown into position. The event will be captured by drone video and shared on the project website.

The City encourages celebrating these milestones, however, in an effort to minimize contact and maintain a healthy work site, the event will be limited to the crews working on site. Crews have been observing social separation and take other measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

We look forward to sharing the drone video of the event on the project website and will look for ways to celebrate other project milestones with the community.

For more information, please visit the project website at www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/new-city-hall-project .