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One lane each way will remain until undergrounding work is complete in northern section of the road.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - Progress has been made during the Lake Grove Elementary's driveway realignment process and at the Lanewood Street intersection.Construction on Boones Ferry Road is carrying on as busy as ever.

While work on undergrounding utilities is nearly complete, the city released a construction update Wednesday, July 15, that said there will be intermittent lane closures to allow trucks and equipment to access the construction area to complete the undergrounding work.

"Crews have completed installing the main underground joint utility trench in the northern area between Bryant and Oakridge Roads," the update read. "Now that all the vaults and conduit are installed, PGE and the telecommunications companies are beginning their final switchover and removal of overhead lines and poles. We expect this work to take about two months to complete. Any utility shutdowns will be coordinated with businesses or properties in advance."

While utility companies are working in the northern portion of the road, the closures will be between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., though one lane in each direction will remain open. The center turn lane may close at various times if needed.

The city said a majority of the work will be on the west side of the road where Riccardo's Ristorante is located, "outside the current work zone set up, which is on the east side (McDonald's)," the update read.

Since construction on Boones Ferry Road began last summer, Katy Kerklaan, citizen information specialist for Lake Oswego, said a bulk of the work has been centered around utilities like power, gas lines, telecommunications, waterlines and such.

"All of this underground work needs to be sequenced correctly in order for the above ground work to take place i.e. pouring the curbs, gutters, sidewalks, installing the light poles, signal poles, signage, retaining walls, landscape planters, stormwater planters," Kerklaan said in an email to the Review. "It is very exciting to see the transformation occurring where portions of the overhead utilities are now removed, new sidewalks are installed, and some streetscape features are in place."

Other construction work on different sections of the road has taken place throughout the summer. In June, traffic shifted onto the west side of the road so improvements and widening of the road could be constructed between Bryant Road and Madrona Street.

"Crews are making good progress in the work zone between Madrona and Reese Road. They have been focused on grading the area," the update read. "Last week they started pouring portions of the new concrete curbs and some stormwater planters. ADA curb ramps, driveway aprons and sidewalks will follow over the coming weeks."

Work on the center median between Bryant Road and Madrona Street is expected to start in August or September — though the date is subject to change — and will take a few months to complete.

"I think the next biggest change the traveling public and businesses will experience is the work zone shifting to the middle of the road, so crews can start building the new landscaped center median," Kerklaan said. "This will eliminate left-turn movements. Eventually the new signals will allow u-turn movements, but there will be a transition period before those are in place and active. "

Click here to read more about the project update.


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