The city of Newberg started a nearly $811,000 project earlier this month to update stormwater pipes beneath Blaine Street.
In the first of what is expected to be three phases, the project will replace about 1,300 feet of pipe largely under private properties in order to put a stop to occasional flooding in some areas of downtown by the end of the full project, according to city documents.
The Newberg City Council approved the project in May, awarding the contract to K&E Excavating Inc., which submitted the lowest of three bids even though it was more than $100,000 above what city staff originally anticipated while still being within budget, city documents state.
The first phase will install new pipes varying in size from 6 to 36 inches in diameter from 405 S. Blaine St. through 513 S. Blaine St., replacing pipes that are nearing the end of their service lives and are too small for the required use.
The pipes being installed have been sitting at Renne Field since at least the beginning of the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival in late July.
City Engineer Kaaren Hofmann confirmed that trees had been removed and she believed contractors had begun laying pipe last week. She expected this phase of the project would be finished by the end of October.