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Marion, Polk & Yamhill Counties
For More Information: Shane Ottosen, Project Manager
(503) 986-2900
Lou Torres, Public Information Officer
(503) 986-2880
Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties
state highway construction update
August 20-27
OR 18: (Hwy. 39, Salmon River Highway, mile points 55.48 to 57.99)
This is a grading, structures, paving, signing and signals project developing the new bypass highway alignment connecting OR99W (Hwy. 1W, Pacific Highway West) to OR219 (Hwy. 140, Hillsboro – Silverton Highway), in Yamhill County.  This is the third contract for the multi-phase roadway connecting these two cities with a new route along the Willamette River.  This contract creates a completed two-lane roadway from OR99W (near Niederberger Road) in Dundee to a mid-way point at Waterfront Road in Newberg.
Much of the construction activity for this portion of the bypass occurs away from the current state highways. However, for the next month, they will be actively rebuilding approximately 2,000 feet of the OR99W roadway from MP 27 back to the intersection of OR99W, with Niederberger Road and Parks Drive, at the south end of Dundee.
The current lane striping, on OR99W, channelizes the two-lane, two-way traffic, with a ‘Left Turn Lane’, to one side of the road. This allows room to rebuild the other side of OR99W through this section.
The primary impact to the traveling public, during the day, occurs on OR99W, at the South end of Dundee, where Niederberger Road crosses OR99W, over to Parks Road. This week, there will be truck traffic, hauling material across OR99w at Niederberger Road and Parks Drive.
Motorists should also expect intermittent traffic delays on OR99W, daily, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Brief lane closure delays are necessary for movement of the construction material haul vehicles, at this location.
OR 18: (Hwy. 39, Salmon River Highway, mile points 55.48 to 57.99)
This is the third contract in the multi-phase bypass project that will connect the cities of Newberg and Dundee. Work activities include, but are not limited to grading, structures, paving, signing and traffic signals.  The work areas included in this portion of the bypass include OR219 (Hillsboro – Silverton Hwy) near Springbrook Rd, OR219 at 2nd Street, Springbrook Road and OR99W (Pacific Highway West) in Newberg.
Motorist should also expect intermittent traffic delays on OR219 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Fridays; and night time, between 7:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Springbrook/219 (widening and pipe replacement)
·         Travel delays can be expected through active work areas.
o    OR 219 between 2nd Street and Wynooski
o    Springbrook Road between OR99W and OR219.
·         Road paving is expected along OR 219 the week of August 22nd. Paving is dependent on weather. Watch for signs – Expect delays during paving.
·         Crews can be seen in various areas widening the road, pouring sidewalk and curb, installing foundations for future signals and signage, and installing stormwater pipe in the area. Some night work occurs between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to install pipe, restripe travel lanes, and adjust signals. Excavation and road construction generally occurs during the day with travel lanes open.
·         Sound walls along Springbrook and OR219 are nearing completion and the contractor will be coordinating with neighbors.
·         There have been questions from the public asking about the width of the new shoulder on OR 219. What drivers are seeing is the widened roadway that will eventually include turn lanes. Permanent striping will be in place later, but many lanes will be barricaded until needed. Over the next year, the public will see some temporary or unusable features on these roads.   They may soon be seeing signage or signals that are covered up until the anticipated bypass open date in late 2017.
OR99W near Springbrook (widening)
·         Crews will be doing some work, off the roadway, around future sign footings. This work is in preparation for more extensive night time construction at the intersection that is planned to begin later in September.
OR 18: (Hwy. 39, Salmon River Highway, mile points 57.99 to 59.67)
This is a grading, structures, paving, signing and signals project developing the new bypass highway alignment connecting OR99W (Hwy. 1W, Pacific Highway West) to OR219 (Hwy. 140, Hillsboro – Silverton Highway), in Yamhill County.  This is part of a multi-phase roadway connecting these two cities with a new route along the Willamette River.  This contract creates a completed two-lane roadway from Waterfront Road to OR219 in Newberg.
·         Construction continues on the nearly half mile long bridge structure between 11th Street and 14th Street in south Newberg.
·         On one day during the week of August 15th (tentatively August 18 or 19), an early 2 a.m. start time is anticipated on the bridge structure between River and Willamette Streets for a concrete bridge deck pour, pending weather. Neighbors can watch for signage on 11th Street and near River Street for the confirmed date. The concrete pour for a section of bridge deck can take up to 18 hours, so crews begin as early as 2 a.m. to end by the next evening. This is final deck pour on this bridge.
·         Crews will begin working on the forms for the retaining wall along 11th Street in a few weeks. Construction continues on the bridge structures just east of Wynooski Road. Flaggers are assisting traffic on Wynooski Road, as necessary.
·         The contractor is coordinating with the Sportsman Airpark and the Federal Aviation Administration FAA on construction activities in the Hess Creek area south of the airport runway. They are coordinating on construction timing to minimize impact to flights and ensure FAA safety requirements are met. Nearest neighbors may notice early morning crews in the Hess Creek area.
FFO I-5 @ Kuebler Interchange, Southbound Ramp Improvements
(I-5, mile posts 250.15 to 251.76)
The I-5 Kuebler Interchange Project will address the increasing congestion at the interchange by modifying the existing southbound off ramp, which will decrease the conflicts at Kuebler that have caused back-ups on I-5 southbound. The new ramp will meet modern standards and contain excess capacity. The project will also add a westbound to southbound I-5 loop on ramp and modify the eastbound to southbound I-5 on ramp.
Both new southbound on and off ramps are open.  However, travelers can expect midday lane closures of the southbound off ramp. The contractor is currently building a new westbound to southbound loop ramp.
Expect intermittent night time lane closures on I-5 south bound.
Motorists should be aware of the increased construction activity around the interchange, proceed with caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limits.
OR 99W Amity to Hoffman Road
(mileposts 45 in Yamhill County to 62 in Polk County)
This project replaces the pavement that has become substandard throughout this section of OR 99W. In addition to grind out, paving and striping, the project includes new bridge rail and guardrail approaches, and improvements to the railroad crossing where the Portland & Western Railroad crosses OR 99W at milepost 52.7 south of Amity.
This project is a continuation of work that began in late summer and early fall of last year. The contractor is completing top life paving between Amity and the Rickreal Interchange. Over the next 3-4 weeks, the contractor will be paving driveways, road approaches, placing shoulder aggregate, centerline rumble strips, durable striping, mailbox supports and delineators.
All mainline paving work is being done at night with flaggers and pilot cars.  Delays will be less than 20 minutes.
The project should be completed by Labor Day weekend.
OR 99E:Young Street Safety and ADA Ramps (Woodburn)
(mileposts 24.88 – 45.64 in Marion County)
This project reconstructs the Young Street/99E intersection, providing improved turning radii, new traffic signals, and improved bike and pedestrian facilities.  It includes a pavement overlay through the intersection.  In addition, specific interspersed sidewalk ramps will be reconstructed along the highway between Aurora and Salem to bring them into compliance with current ADA standards.
The new signals have been turned on.. The old signal poles are being removed, and the existing curbs and roadbed at the corners are being removed. 
Currently, the north crosswalk is the only one that is open. New curbs and sidewalk will then be poured, providing flatter radii to facilitate truck turning movements.  When the curbs are complete, the intersection will receive a 2” ACP grind/inlay.
Once the new sidewalks and curbs are in place, the contractor will base pave the widening at the corners, then grind and inlay the highway from the railroad tracks on the south to a couple of hundred feet to the north.
All travel lanes are open between 5 am and 8 pm.  There will be lane closures and occasional flagging of the intersection to facilitate the road construction between 8pm and 5am.  Delays will be minimal.
Construction will be completed in late September.
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