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Major building projects like City Hall, Mercantile Village continue to make great strides

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - The new City Hall building is starting to take shape.Many people are hunkered down in their homes, isolating from the once-bustling outside world. But not all activity has halted. The city's major construction projects, which are considered essential under Gov. Kate Brown's executive order, have continued apace.

City Hall takes shape

In the blink of an eye, City Hall construction has finally started to take the shape of an actual building.

After the foundation was poured, workers started building vertically, and have completed the structural steel. PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - The structural steel on the new City Hall building is now complete.

The concrete floors have now been poured.

"They just have a small section of concrete left on the roof that is scheduled to be poured this week," said Redevelopment Manager Sidaro Sin. "They are working their way from the garage up, so typically the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in work will be completed and then they'll start on framing the metal stud walls, then move into more interior work. Each floor is in a different stage with the garage level being the most completed."

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Boones Ferry Road project continues

With less traffic on the road and schools being closed, the city has accelerated parts of the Boones Ferry Road project.

Since the stay-at-home order was issued, several construction elements have been underway including undergrounding utilities, the installation of new stormwater pipe, the implementation of new signals and lighting, and certain areas have had sidewalks and curbs installed. PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - Some sidewalks, curb and gutters have started to be installed on Boones Ferry Road.

"Like all of us experiencing this unprecedented global pandemic, we've had to make adjustments to how we are operating, but we will continue to comply with the governor's orders to maintain the safety of our project staff, contractors, utility personnel and the public," Citizen Information Specialist Katy Kerklaan said about Boones Ferry Road construction. "We are thankful to be able to continue to provide work for our contractors and project staff, and deliver vital infrastructure to the community.

"Our main priorities remain: safety, maintaining business and pedestrian access, and minimizing impacts to traffic."

A new traffic signal, which was set to be installed near Lake Grove Elementary School and Lanewood Street in the summer, is currently being worked on, as well as the realignment of the school's driveway because class is not in session.

Due to decreased traffic, the work zone has been expanded further north on Boones Ferry Road.

The road is also taking on more shape now as sidewalks from Firewood Road to Madrona Street on the west side have been installed as well as curb and gutter in various areas on Firwood Road, along Quarry Road and at the new elementary school driveway.

With the curb and gutter complete outside of Albertson's, sidewalk construction will soon begin.

Still, there is much more work to be done. COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - Boones Ferry Road work progresses quickly during pandemic.

Construction workers and contractors plan to remove overhead wiring and poles and continue undergrounding utilities, along with additional stormwater and water lines in the northern section of the project.

"Once the power poles are removed in the southern portion, crews will pave and install a temporary traffic signal at Bryant/Boones Ferry/Firwood. This will enable the widening work at the Bryant Road intersection to continue," read the city's Boones Ferry Road update. "Pole removal will also allow crews to then shift the travel lanes over to the west side and begin working on the east portion along the Lake Grove Shopping Center frontage. Stay tuned for more information on when this traffic shift will occur."

Mercantile construction set to complete next spring

Similar to the other construction projects happening during the pandemic, construction workers at the mixed-use Mercantile Village development project have implemented social distancing mandates while on-site.

The project, which will consist of 206 apartments, parking and retail space, and is expected to complete in the spring of 2021, has progressed noticeably over the last couple months.

During spring and into summer, water, gas and electricity is being installed on-site. There is work being done on the residential area's wood framing, and mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems are being installed in the residential area — along with the roof and skin of the residential building.

Concrete foundation work is underway for the retail portion at the corner of Boones Ferry Road and Mercantile Road, and PGE vaults are being installed on Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road.PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Mercantile Village construction continues to progress and is set to be complete in spring 2021.


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