Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that there will be one public event to celebrate the end of the project, and the other will be a private gathering.
For quite some time, the expectation was for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership (LOT) project in West Linn to be complete by June 2017.
The weather didn't cooperate with that timeline.
According to LOT spokesperson Katy Kerklaan, various delays caused by persistent rain and windstorms this spring pushed the final completion date to later this summer.
"With the weather and not being able to dry out, we've had saturated soils across the site," Kerklaan said. "That pushed the (completion of) the pavement, and all weather-dependent activities were affected by the rain. It also pushed the landscapers because they couldn't trench the soil. It was far too wet for them to get in there … and that has pushed back the installation of trees and shrubs across the site."
Nevertheless, the majority of site work is expected to be complete by the end of June. Most recently, LOT finished the paving of a pathway on the edge of the site that connects Mapleton Drive and Kenthorpe Way. The new water plant itself, meanwhile, is now fully operational.
"It's predominantly site work and landscaping that's left," Kerklaan said. "Lots of the construction trailers are gone, there's one small one left for the contractors.
"I think people are starting to see that it's coming together."
The $250 million project was designed to upgrade and increase system capacity to deliver drinking water from the Clackamas River to Lake Oswego and Tigard, while also providing a seismically secure source of emergency water for West Linn. As part of a land use agreement with the City of West Linn, LOT paid the city $5 million, which was used for the replacement of the 100-plus year old Bolton Reservoir — West Linn's primary water storage unit. Construction of that reservoir is nearly complete.
As the project officially comes to an end, LOT will hold several events to commemorate the occasion in August. The first event will be a public gathering to celebrate the opening of the Kenthorpe-Mapleton pathway and the second will be a more formal private occasion to celebrate the end of the project. Current and past elected officials as well as members of the project team will attend the second gathering and deliver speeches.
"We're coming to the end," Kerklaan said.