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Multnomah County adds sidewalks, bike lanes in Wood Village along Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Workers are shown here constructing a new curb on Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Wood Village on Friday, April 20. Roadwork continues along an eight-block stretch of Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Wood Village, but the project should wrap by October, officials say.

New sidewalks, drainage improvements and bike and turn lanes will transform this section of Sandy into a "modern, urban" street at an estimated cost of $1.7 million, according to a news release by Multnomah County.

"It's about a six- or seven-month project," transportation spokesman Mike Pullen explained in a phone interview. "Everything should be done by fall 2018. That doesn't mean the lane will be closed that long, but it will be closed for months."

Motorists can expect the westbound lane of Sandy Boulevard to remain closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. as workers construct sidewalks, erect streetlight poles and install catch basins and stormwater pipes on the north side of the street.

The paving portion of the project includes a new right-hand turn lane, which should allow westbound traffic to more easily enter the Townsend Farms business park.

Recent work includes the construction of concrete curbs, the laying of foundations for two light poles and the creation of a new manhole that accesses the 12-inch-diameter rainwater pipe that runs beneath most of the torn-up roadway.

Excavators have been used to remove saturated soil, and aggregate has been dumped and compacted in order to form a new road base. Two fir trees were removed on Saturday, April 21, to make room for the sidewalk.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - An excavator digs out a trench on the north side of Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Wood Village on Monday, April 16.

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