First major contract awarded for Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1
ODOT has awarded the first major contract for construction of the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass to LaDuke Construction of Talent, Oregon. Construction on the Bypass, a controlled-access expressway that will significantly reduce traffic congestion on OR 99W and improve livability and traffic flow in the surrounding communities, will begin this summer.
The $8 million contract will be one of four major contracts awarded over the next three years for construction of the $262 million road that will extend four miles from OR 219/Wilsonville Road to OR 99W south of Dundee, with one travel lane in each direction. It will be open in 2016.
“This is exciting news for the citizens of Newberg, Dundee and Yamhill County to finally see the beginning of construction on this important highway,” said Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews. “We can look forward to reduced congestion, improved safety, increased jobs and improved community livability.”
Work under this first contract includes constructing major embankments for bridge approaches in the section of the Bypass from the connection south of Dundee to OR 219. Activities this summer include hauling rock, sand, and dirt in and out of the area as the contractor prepares the area for road building, which will be contracted separately next year.
To expedite the project’s schedule, ODOT is issuing four separate contracts for building Phase 1 of the project. By doing so, initial preparatory work can begin this summer while the bridge and road designs are being finalized. This approach should also allow smaller companies to compete for the work.
When complete, the first phase of the Bypass will:
· Improve mobility for passenger vehicles and trucks by reducing travel time during peak periods through Newberg and Dundee by 50-60 percent.
· Reduce traffic volumes by about 20 percent in Newberg and by 40 percent in Dundee, with an even larger reduction in volumes of heavy trucks, allowing these communities to reclaim their downtowns and enhance their livability.
· Improve economic and industrial development opportunities for Yamhill County by facilitating the movement of freight on the corridor.
· Improve safety by addressing a number of the state’s highest crash locations.
· Improve mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians by constructing bike lanes and sidewalks on a city street and improving safety for non-motorized users on OR 99W by reducing heavy traffic volumes.
· Improve the efficiency and reliability of public transit service by reducing congestion.
ODOT has worked for decades with local communities to plan the Newberg-Dundee Bypass. While the entire 11-mile Bypass has been approved, funding is only available for the first part of the project.