D Avenue Block Party | May 22

The recent warm and sunny weather might have been teasing us, but a little bit of drizzle and grey skies won’t stop our celebration next week. The block party is still a go!

Engineering, Public Works and the Library Departments invite you to commemorate the one-year anniversary of breaking ground on the new D Avenue, and celebrate National Public Works Week!

Join us:

Wednesday, May 22
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
On D Avenue, between 4th-5th Streets (the block in front of the Library)*

Event highlights include:

  • Fun and creative games
  • Guest speakers – brief ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.
  • Ice cream and popcorn
  • Equipment show and tell
  • Tours of the new rain gardens
  • Giveaways
  • A Master Gardeners’ presentation on how to create your own rain garden (begins at 7 p.m. at the Library)

Bring the whole family to get a behind-the-scenes view of Oscar the Street Sweeper, climb aboard an excavator, or watch a live video of a robotic camera inspecting a sewer pipe!

Parking is limited at the library – please walk or ride your bike to this local event.

*Please note, to provide ample room for event set-up, D Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be closed to all traffic the day of the event. This includes no on-street parking within the block. Thank you for your understanding!  

 

Remaining Work

Over the last week or so, crews returned to install additional trench grate drains along the south side of the sidewalk on D Avenue between 4th and 5th streets. Thanks for your continued patience with this work!

The landscape contractor and project team continue to conduct monthly walk-throughs to monitor the new landscaping, and will replace any plants or landscaping that didn’t survive through this past winter.

Next week, crews expect to place metal facility markers in each of the new stormwater rain gardens and swales. They’ll also install a brand-new information kiosk at the corner of 4th and D – make sure you swing by to check it out at the street party, or next time you walk along D!

Upcoming D Avenue Closure

Following a long awaited delivery of materials, Emery and Sons will return to the D Avenue Project site next week to complete their work on a portion of the stormwater drainage system.

The work will involve the installation of a trench drain along the edge of the sidewalk on the west one-half of D Avenue, between 4th and 5th Streets. The effort will necessitate the daytime closure of a D Avenue just east of the 5th Street intersection and should take seven to 10 days to complete. Crews are scheduled to mobilize on Monday, May 6th and the closure will begin on Tuesday the 7th. The contractor will only work on regular City approved hours, between 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

During that time, crews will also be working on small punch-list work items throughout the project area but no additional full closures are anticipated.

We appreciate your continued patience during this final effort to complete the project and want to remind everyone of the upcoming celebration on May 22, 2019.

Save the Date | May 22 D Avenue Block Party!

Thank you, D Avenue and First Addition Neighbors, for your patience, understanding and support while we have been building the new stormwater, water, pedestrian and pavement improvements this past year. Infrastructure affects all of us – it gets us to work, our children to school, captures and treats runoff, brings water to our taps and protects our public health. These resources improve our quality of life every day. Thank you for being part of these significant improvements!

To say thank you to neighbors, please join the Project Team, Engineering, Public Works and Library Departments for a block party celebration! Let’s commemorate the one-year anniversary of breaking ground on the D Avenue Improvement Project and to celebrate National Public Works Week (May 19-25).

Wednesday, May 22
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
On D Avenue, between 4th-5th Streets (the block in front of the Library)*

Event highlights include:

  • fun and creative games
  • guest speakers
  • ice cream and popcorn
  • equipment show and tell
  • tours of the new rain gardens
  • a Master Gardeners’ presentation on how to create your own rain garden (begins at 7 p.m. at the Library)

Bring the whole family to get a behind-the-scenes view of Oscar the Street Sweeper, climb aboard an excavator, or watch a live video of a robotic camera inspecting a sewer pipe!

Parking is limited at the library – please walk or ride your bike to this neighborhood event.

*Please note, to provide ample room for event set-up, D Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be closed to all traffic the day of the event. This includes no on-street parking within the block. Thank you for your understanding!  

Remaining Work

While major construction is complete, crews are expected to return for one more substantial activity – installing additional trench grate drains along the south side of the sidewalk on D Avenue between 4th and 5th streets. This is to make some adjustments and additional improvements to the drainage in this area. This work will likely require a block closure during work hours, for about week. There has been a long lead time on the materials, but crews are expecting to complete this work in late April or early May (prior to our street party!)

Construction Update 3/5/19

Major construction is complete, and most punch-list activities are finished on the project!

Over the last two months, the project team has been monitoring and watching the new stormwater facilities, roadway, sidewalk and utilities. Small tweaks and adjustments have been made throughout the project area, particularly following the winter rains and storms.

There are a few outstanding items that remain, some of these are a result of longer than expected lead times for materials.

Crews are expected to return for one more substantial activity – installing additional trench grate drains along the south side of the sidewalk on D Avenue between 4th and 5th streets. This is to make some adjustments and additional improvements to the drainage in this area. This work will likely require a block closure during work hours, for about week. We will send an update out to neighbors prior to the closure.

Landscaping and irrigation was completed in January. Cedar edging has been installed at the back of the new planters or stormwater facilities as a delineator. Metal identification markers will be installed shortly in each of the stormwater facilities and rain gardens. Watch for an information kiosk to be installed at the library corner later this spring, which links to the metal markers.

PGE recently finished energizing the new street lights on the west end of the corridor. They still have some work remaining on the east end. While the City has no control over PGE scheduling, we have asked they make this work a priority.

All work is now expected to be complete later this spring. Please note, there will be periods where no work activity will be taking place. Thank you for your continued patience!

Project Celebration – Block Party

We plan on holding a street party celebration with neighbors in late May. We are collaborating with Public Works and the Library to make this a fun event for everyone. It will correspond with a one-year breaking ground anniversary from when we started major construction, and will also fit in nicely with National Public Works Week (week of May 20). Stay tuned – more information will be coming soon!

Check out these photos of D Avenue during last week’s snow storm:

 

 

Construction Update 12/20/18

Most major work is complete on the project! Thank you to neighbors for your patience as we have constructed these improvements in your neighborhood!

Emery continues to make progress on remaining “punch-list” items, and expects to be substantially complete with restoration by early next week. Additionally, final tweaks are being made to certain areas of the project following the recent heavy rain events.

In early December, crews took advantage of a break in the weather to stripe the new stop bars and approaches.

Parking aggregate has been placed in the parking areas along D Avenue. Street name signs are expected to be reinstalled in the coming weeks – crews are waiting on a particular part, which has delayed their placement.

The landscapers have really ramped up their activities the past few weeks. Soil and mulch has been placed in most of the new landscaped areas and stormwater planters.

Large shipments of plants and trees are arriving and being installed throughout the corridor, helping to put the finishing touches on the new street and complete the transformation! Crews are aiming to finish planting by early January.

D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed at Highway 43 until major landscaping is complete in that block. Access is maintained for residents via 1st Street.

In observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, no work will take place on December 25 or January 1. All work is expected to be complete in early-mid January.

Watch for an invite in the spring for a street celebration!

Construction Update 11/19/18

Over the last few weeks, Emery crews and subcontractor crews have been focused on a list of outstanding and miscellaneous activities throughout the corridor.

Final concrete pours and clean-up work took place last week, which means the new sidewalk is now finished! This sidewalk provides a safe and much-needed walkable pedestrian route along the entire length of D Avenue, from State Street to 10th Street!

The bollard lighting that will illuminate the new sidewalk has been installed. Inspections are taking place this week, and the new lights are expected to be energized by Thanksgiving.

Intermittent daytime block closures continue along D Avenue. Please be safe and obey road closure signs. D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed until major landscaping is complete in that block. Access is maintained for residents.

Stormwater Planters and Landscaping

Emery is expected to finish their major excavation and earth movement work by Thanksgiving. This includes preparing more than 40 stormwater planters, as well as other landscaped areas abutting the sidewalk (shown below) and parking stalls.

Due to landscape crew availability, soil placement and irrigation has been slow. We are expecting shrubs, trees and plants will begin arriving next week, and continue to be planted through December.

This week, there will be a small crew working. No work will take place on Thursday, November 22, or Friday, November 23, in honor of Thanksgiving Weekend.

Restoration and Clean-up

General project wide clean-up and punch-list to-do items continue. Emery has been installing parking rock aggregate in parking areas along D Avenue (shown in the first photo). Crews will also be placing bark mulch or hydro seed in areas that need to be restored.

Pavement striping will be placed in the coming weeks. All work is expected to be complete in early January.

Project Celebration – Spring 2019

The City and project team would like to hold a celebration with the neighborhood, possibly in spring 2019. This has been a mammoth project, one which we would like to commemorate with you. Although we anticipate all work to be done by early January, the spring might be a better time to hold a street celebration. Stay tuned for more information!

Construction Update 10/19/18

Work on the project has ramped up significantly in the last few weeks. In addition to our primary contractor (Emery), there are as many as five subcontractors working along D Avenue, and periodic visits from PGE crews at any given time.

Crews, each with their own materials and multiple pieces of equipment, are working from one end of the project to the other. For the safety of the workers and the public, daytime block closures will again be implemented along the entire ten blocks of D Avenue. Most N/S intersections will remain open.

  • The closures are limited to daytime working hours (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.
  • Access for residents with driveways on D Avenue will be coordinated.

We understand this is an inconvenience, but safety is our top priority and the end is near!

Major Paving Complete!

Earlier this week, crews placed the final top lift of asphalt on D Avenue. 8th and 9th Streets, between D and E Avenues were also paved, along with a portion of 7th Street and 1st Street. There are often circumstances beyond our control that affect construction schedules. Thank you to neighbors for your continued patience and understanding during the changing paving schedule.

Weather permitting, crews plan to pave the alley approaches and remaining driveway approaches mid next week.

New Sidewalk Almost Open!

Crews are progressing well with the new sidewalk. The areas where the sidewalk crosses alleys are being poured today, to allow enough cure time before Republic Services’ garbage collection next Friday. The new sidewalk should be complete by the end of month – just in time for Halloween trick or treating! Although the sidewalk will be complete, landscaping is just getting underway, so watch for open areas and stick to the sidewalk.

The electrical subcontractor is almost complete, and the new bollards will be energized shortly.

Stormwater Facilities and Landscaping

This week, the landscaping subcontractor has been installing irrigation and started placing some of the soil for the rain gardens and stormwater facilities.

Neighbors may have noticed the large excavated areas along D Avenue – these are the stormwater facilities that will eventually be vegetated planters that filter the sediments and pollutants from street runoff, before sending it to Tryon Creek.

These are layered with open graded rock (no fine material) that allows for storage volume. An 18-inch thick layer of planting soil will be placed on top of the rock, followed by the plants. The finish grade of the planters will slope from the road edge to the center of the planter, allowing for appropriate storage and treatment of the runoff.

More than 40 stormwater facilities are being installed along the entire length of D Avenue.

Restoration and Clean-up

Miscellaneous clean-up, restoration and punch-list work will take place over the next couple of months. At this stage, all work is expected to be complete in early January.

Paving Schedule Update

Good news: NW Natural Gas has informed the asphalt plants that natural gas supplies will resume tomorrow morning, allowing for the renewed production of asphalt.  The City’s contractor was able to receive supply preference and paving crews are currently scheduled to pave the portions on 7th, 8th and 9th tomorrow, Friday, October 12.

Due to contractor availability and scheduling demands, crews are not currently planning to work this weekend. Paving is expected to resume on Monday, October 15, and Tuesday, October 16, on D Avenue and a portion of 1st Street.

Normal work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. However, during this critical window of suitable paving weather, extended hours of work will be available to the contractor if needed.

7th Street between C and D Avenue, and 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, remain closed 24/7 until all asphalt has been placed. The rough subgrade of the road is exposed, and any traffic will damage it. Please obey road closure signs – police are conducting extra patrols.

When crews pave the final lift on D Avenue, rolling block closures will be in place. Watch for flaggers to direct traffic to open roads – please use 10th Street, and E and C Avenues to avoid the paving operation.

A big thank you to neighbors for your patience!

Paving Delay

Due to a significant gas pipeline explosion in Canada, all asphalt plants in the Portland Metro Area were shut-down this morning by NW Natural Gas. Paving crews were unable to receive enough asphalt, which has impacted the paving schedule for 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets, and D Avenue. Crews were originally scheduled to pave today through Friday, but this is on hold as it is unknown when the asphalt plants will be reopened and producing asphalt.

In preparation for final paving, the pavement on 7th Street between C and D Avenue, and 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, was milled and removed yesterday. The rough subgrade of the road is exposed, and any traffic on it will disturb the subgrade material (shown below). Due to the asphalt delay, these streets will remain closed to all traffic 24/7 until asphalt can be placed.

Given this unforeseen circumstance, work hours may be extended through this weekend – possibly including Sunday – to allow asphalt to be placed on these streets.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding in this situation.

Construction Update 10/9/18

Final Paving Starts Tomorrow!

Today, crews are grinding out the old asphalt on 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenue, and a portion of 7th Street between C and D Avenues.  The grinding crew is expected to complete their work today, possibly working as late as 8 p.m.

The grinding operation can be messy, as the asphalt is removed and the rough subgrade of the road is exposed. It is not pleasant to drive on and could become quite muddy – these roads will be closed 24/7 until final paving is complete later this week.

On Wednesday, October 10, through Friday, October 12, crews expect to place the final layer of asphalt along the entire ten blocks of D Avenue. Additionally, crews will place 5” of new asphalt in two lifts on 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, 7th Street mid-block between C and D Avenues, and a small portion of 1st Street near D Avenue.

When crews pave the final lift on D Avenue, rolling block closures will be in place. Watch for flaggers to direct traffic to open roads – please use 10th Street, and E and C Avenues to avoid the paving operation.

During the grinding and paving work, 7th, 8th, 9th and 1st Streets will be closed to all traffic, so the new asphalt can completely cure. There will be no on-street parking on the streets to be paved – while it is always a last resort, cars will be towed if necessary to keep the paving crews moving. Resident driveway access on these streets will be blocked. Alley access will be closed at D Avenue – please use E or C Avenues.

1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets, and D Avenue are expected to be back open to traffic the day after the final lift of asphalt is placed.

Neighbors should expect an increase in noise and vibration during the paving preparation and placement. Crews will be using a vibratory roller to compact the rock and newly placed asphalt, which creates vibration. This is a standard piece of equipment that is used throughout the paving industry.

State Street Lane Closure – Now Open

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the State Street lane closure was extended through this morning to allow the new pedestrian ramps time to cure and pavement to cool. Good news – the lane is now back open. Thank you to everyone for your patience during this temporary closure.

D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed through early next week while crews finish installing catch basins and prepare for final paving.

Sidewalk Pours Continue

Crews have started pouring new sidewalk along portions of D Avenue. Concrete crews are currently pouring sidewalk near 8th Street, working their way east.

Check out this video of crews pouring new sidewalk last week on D Avenue in between 4th and 5th Street.

New sidewalk will be poured on the north side of D Avenue between 10th and 5th Streets, and on the south side of D Avenue from 5th to State Street. This work is expected continue through this month.

When the forms are placed for the new sidewalk and the concrete is poured, nearby alleys and driveways will be barricaded and closed at D Avenue to allow the concrete time to cure. During this time, residents who take driveway access on D Avenue will need to park on a side street. If you need to enter or exit the alleys, please use E Avenue or C Avenue. To ensure garbage collection is maintained, sidewalk pours across the alleys will be coordinated with Republic Services’ schedule.

If you live on D Avenue and your driveway will be impacted, you will receive a door hanger notifying you of the upcoming closure dates. Please plan to move your car(s) out of the driveway before 7 a.m. on the day the forms are installed, and park on nearby a side street until the concrete has cured.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!

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