The construction on Boones Ferry Road continues to reach major milestones — one of the most noticeable changes being in the southern portion of the road.
In a construction update June 3, the city announced the overhead utility poles are gone in the area south of Bryan Road.
Progress is now being made in undergrounding utilities in the northern portion of the project, which is expected to be completed in the next month or so.
"In mid-May, PGE and telecommunications utilities completed their service switchovers and removed the overhead poles between Madrona and Bryant," said the city in an email, updating community members about Boones Ferry Road construction. "While we're still progressing in the northern portion with undergrounding, it is exciting to see this partial milestone occur in this southern portion of the project."
After the utility poles were removed, a new traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Bryant, Boones Ferry and Firwood roads to switch travel lanes and allow work to continue in the southern portion.
"It will also allow crews to deactivate and remove the existing signal and begin installing the new traffic signal poles at this widened intersection," the update read.
Last week, traffic was also shifted onto the west side of the road between Bryant Road and Madrona Street to help with widening and improvements on the east side of the streets.
Street widening preparation in that area will begin this week.
The city encourages people to watch for changing traffic patterns and plan for additional travel time through the work zone.
Additional work that is ongoing is the pouring of concrete for curbs, gutters, sidewalks and stormwater planters, and the installation of a handrail on some retailing walls.
"Quarry Road between Boones Ferry Road and Oakridge Road remains closed. Crews are working on the traffic island and plan to pave the area in mid-June," the update read.
Progress is also being made on installing portions of stormwater and water lines in the northern section.
Once stormwater work on Bryan Road is underway, construction crews can complete work on widening the street where it approaches Boones Ferry Road.
"Ongoing day work and intermittent night work continues throughout the project area … Any night work occurring in or near the signalized intersections requires flagged traffic," the update read. "Thank you to all residents, businesses and property owners for your continued patience with the construction and impacts."
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