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Statue makes way for Seventh Street beacon

You know that statue across from Carnegie Park that looked like a pedestrian?

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MIDTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT - This photo from a few years ago shows Carole Turner's 'Ancient Voices,' a concrete and steel sculpture, in its old location.Oregon City is relocating the piece of public art to Center Street across from City Hall. In the statue’s old location, the city is installing a pedestrian-activated beacon to advise oncoming motorists along Seventh Street that a pedestrian is at the crosswalk and to yield.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF OC - This image give an idea of what Oregon City is installing along Seventh to advise motorists a pedestrian is at the crosswalk and to yield. Carole Turner’s “Ancient Voices” is a concrete and steel sculpture commissioned by the city’s urban-renewal program in 2005. The statue is scheduled to be relocated Tuesday or Wednesday this week depending on weather and staffing.

To avoid cutting the asphalt along Seventh Street, Martin Montalvo, operations manager for the city of Oregon City, opted for a directional bore at that location. The bore provides a conduit to both power and communication for the two heads of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon that will be installed there.

Before the sidewalk and ramps were poured on June 6, the city was able to pour the concrete for the pedestal on which the beacons will be mounted. The concrete needed a few days to cure and strengthen up before they mounted the actual poles. Once the concrete has cured and the poles are mounted, Montalvo’s crew only needed to run the electrical and energize the line.

“Our target date is to have the beacon fully functional by the 20th,” Montalvo said.