Contracts for next two Phase 1 projects will go out to bid this summer

Despite inclement weather the past few months, construction is moving along steadily on the Newberg-Dundee bypass. Lou Torres, Oregon Department of Transportation District 2 spokesman, said the current segment is nearing completion.

“Things are progressing very well,” Torres said. “They’re going to be wrapping up and in the meantime on June 5 we will open bids for the next phase of construction.”by: GARY ALLEN - Progress - A raised area for one of the bypass' interchanges near Dundee was hydroseeded last week as crews continue work on the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee bypass project.

Phases 1 D and E will be up for bid in June and August, respectively.

“That will be two major contracts coming up here really quickly,” he said, adding that represents two of the three larger elements of Phase 1.

Torres for the most part the schedule is on track, with minor delays stemming from right-of-way issues.

“A big part (of moving forward) is right-of-way acquisition before we could issue the contract,” Torres said. “We completed the west end acquisition, but August we should be finished with right-of-way acquisition on the east side of the bypass.”

The west side contract will start in Dundee and stop at Waterfront Road — which is serving as a divider for the two sections. The second project starts at Waterfront Road in Newberg and will connect the road to Highway 219.

The final project in Phase 1 will go out for bid next spring and will connect Springbrook Road with Highway 219 and Highway 99W.

“That’s the last major section,” he said.

With finally finishing up the right-of-way acquisitions, he said it’s full speed ahead with the projects.

“It’s been really great doing this in phases, (although it’s been a hassle for ODOT staff) but having all these different contractors able to bid on projects has really been beneficial to local companies,” Torres said.

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