City news — Poor weather, construction issues delay completion date of plaza before Chehalem Cultural Center on East Sheridan Street, project now expected to wrap up in late January

Construction projects are notorious for falling behind schedule. The Newberg Cultural District project is not immune to the trend.

The NCD — a project hoping to create a “living room” for Newberg on Sheridan Street in front of the Chehalem Cultural Center — was originally slated for completion Dec. 1, but there’s still quite a bit of work to be completed before the plaza space can be opened.

“The street has to be completed before we start on other processes,” said Don Clements, Chehalem Park and Recreation District superintendent. “But we can’t pour concrete.”

This is due to the freezing temperatures that won’t seem to subside. by: GARY ALLEN - Work resumes - Crews got back to work late last week after frigid temperatures made work impossible on the Newberg Cultural District.

“The big storms in October and these freezing temperatures have set us back,” said Jason Wuertz, project manager. “It’s been freezing for so long it’s starting to impact some other work as well.”

He said the largest aspect is finishing the road pavement on Sheridan Street, between Howard and Blaine streets.

“A lot of the stuff we will see here forward is finishing work, touch ups,” he said.

Last week, the most visible work was moving what were overhead wires underground, since concrete work wasn’t feasible.

Clements said it’s been delayed because of some other complications as well.

“We have had a few situations with the (Montana block) wall. When it was first put in it was totally unacceptable. I rejected that immediately. But it’s getting better and better,” he said. “The (sub-contractors) really goofed up in pouring (concrete) and it had to be removed.”

But Wuertz said these kinds of things happen frequently during projects: they get fixed and construction moves on.

“I know the contactor wants to get done and move on to his next project. We’re really excited for it to be complete and for people to start using it,” he said. “But we want to make sure to take the time to do it right and not push through in poor weather.”

The new completion estimates are from mid- to late-January.

“But we’re not there yet,” Clements said.

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