Reconstruction of Arata Road begins
Construction of sidewalks, a multi-use path and bioswales will begin Tuesday, May 1 on a three-quarter-mile span of Northeast Arata Road between Northeast 223rd Avenue and 238th Drive in Wood Village.
Plans for the rebuilt roadway include two travel lanes, a new 10-foot-wide pathway for pedestrians and cyclists to the north and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side.
A new planter strip, which will allow for natural purification of stormwater runoff, will be built on the north side of the street.
The $4.5 million project using federal and Multnomah County funds is expected to end later this year. Wildish Standard Paving will serve as the main contractor.
"It's not just a paving project. They're building sidewalks and completely rebuilding the road," noted transportation spokesman Mike Pullen. "There's a lot of drainage issues ... there's pipes that go all the way to Halsey that we're building to get the water out of that area."
While the road will not close completely during construction, motorists should expect to encounter one-way traffic and lane closures, and may want to consider rerouting their trips along Northeast Halsey or Glisan streets.
Cars will be directed to travel only eastbound on Arata from Wood Village Boulevard to Northeast 238th Drive, while traffic will flow westbound from Wood Village Boulevard to Northeast 223rd. Access will be maintained for local residents, businesses and emergency vehicles.
"It's going to be a bad summer for East County traffic because of the Kane closures," Pullen said, referring to the shutdown of traffic on Northeast Kane Road planned between mid July and mid September to replace a culvert carrying Kelly Creek.