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City Council approves two park projects, one pavement restoration project during April 7 meeting

PMG FILE PHOTO  - Lake Oswego City Council approved a construction contract for just above $1.1 million to Paul Brothers, Inc. for general site development at Woodmont Natural Park.The Lake Oswego City Council approved three construction project contracts that would significantly improve Woodmont Natural Park, Iron Mountain Park and paving in the First Addition neighborhood.

The city plans on moving forward with construction projects while using extra safety precautions amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Staff considers it an essential activity under Gov. Kate Brown's executive stay-at-home order that was issued March 23.

Woodmont Natural Park

After the council voted in December to reject a bid that would have awarded a $1.42 million construction contract to Benchmark Contracting for construction of Woodmont Natural Park, it approved a construction contract for just above $1.1 million to Paul Brothers, Inc. for general site development.

When the project was put on hold last December, the council instructed the Lake Oswego Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board to revisit the project during a council meeting in early January.

Community members had expressed concern over the proposed addition of permanent restrooms in the park and other proposals that made the park seem more contrived rather than natural.

Parks and Recreation Director Ivan Anderholm said after hosting an open meeting late January with architects, members of the parks board, neighborhood associations and concerned citizens to go through the original Woodmont master plan and the current development plan, and discuss possible modifications to the previously proposed design, they came to a consensus on the direction of the project.

The major change is that there will be no permanent restrooms or the associated utilities.

"The density of some of the planting areas, especially where we were planning on planting Oregon white oak, was reduced," Anderholm added.

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Iron Mountain Park

The second park construction contract that was approved during the April 7 City Council meeting was for general site development at Iron Mountain Park.

The construction contract was awarded to Tapani, Inc. for roughly $2.25 million.

"We're excited to let you know that the construction bid actually came back about $1 million below the engineer's estimate," Anderholm said.

There is about 6.5 acres of land at the toe of the slope at Iron Mountain Park that would be developed into a park. Major elements of the proposed park plan include a new stream to help improve water quality, a two-stall restroom, a picnic shelter area, a parking lot and a natural play area for children.

The public design process for this site began in 2015 and the master planning process was completed in 2017. The last three years consisted of heavy engineering work due to contaminated soil that was found throughout the site.

During the engineering process, contaminates like lead and arsenic were found in certain patches of soil.

Figuring out how to plan around the geotechnical and contamination challenges took time and after researching and talking to experts and other municipalities about how they manage these challenges, it was determined that a two-foot cap of soil — one foot sourced from soil stockpiled at Lusher Farms and another foot of imported topsoil — will help mitigate contamination.

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Pavement rehabilitation project

Also during the Tuesday evening meeting, the council awarded a Public Improvement Contract to Knife River Corporation Northwest for the construction of the 2020 Preventative Rehabilitation Project: Work Order 286 for about $7.1 million.

This is one of three large pavement restoration projects — contracts for the Wembley Park Road project and the Slurry Seal project were recently awarded. This project will be concentrated in the First Addition neighborhood and will also include areas on Stafford Road and McVey Avenue.

The council approved a contract with Murraysmith in 2017 "to provide program management, construction management and inspection services relating to the City's ongoing efforts to improve the pavement condition of its street network," the staff report reads. "This program includes the reconstruction of a few major roadways in the City and rehabilitation of thousands of feet of collector and local streets. Also included is the preventative maintenance of mostly local roads to be achieved through crack sealing and slurry seal which will extend the useful life of the existing pavement."

Staff said construction — the retrofitting of almost 100 sidewalk curb ramps — should start in May and then pavement rehabilitation would begin in June.

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