New traffic shifts to take place on Boones Ferry Road
Crews are gearing up to switch work zones this week as construction resumes on Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego.
After a few weeks of delay in construction due to the recent wildfires and hazardous air quality, work on the project has resumed, according to the city.
"Many contracting companies stopped work and several asphalt and concrete plants were shut down," read an update released Sept. 25. "PGE, NW Natural and some telecommunications companies also pulled off the project to help respond to the emergency and restore utilities."
Beginning this week, several changes will occur between Madrona Street and Bryant Road, including work on the center median, removal of the temporary center-turn lane, elimination of most left-turn movements both into and out of driveways on Boones Ferry Road — though people who are trying to access the Lake Grove Shopping Center and are traveling southbound will have access to a left-turn pocket — and "the current northbound and southbound travel lanes on Boones Ferry Road will be shifted to the far west and far east travel lanes abutting the new curbs," according to the update. "The contractor plans to pave the middle portion of Bryant Road between Boones Ferry Road and the Lake Grove Shopping Center driveway. They'll also be paving additional driveway approaches and ramps in the project area."
When that section of Bryant Road is paved, traffic lanes will experience a shift.
"The current northbound and southbound traffic lanes will be shifted to the middle lane and the lane abutting Bank of America," the update read. "This will enable crews to continue the intersection widening and streetscape work on Bryant Road."
While eliminating left-turn movements for a couple weeks may be challenging for the public, the construction occurring in the middle of the roadway is to install raised landscaped medians, which will help with past mid-block, left-turn issues in that area.
"Once the new signalized intersections are activated closer to the end of the project, U-turn movements will be permitted at the five signals — Madrona, Bryant, McDonald's, Oakridge and Lanewood," the update read.
Another major milestone that will likely be completed by the middle of this month is undergrounding utilities and the removal of the remaining overhead utility poles.
For more information on recent and future updates, visit the city's website.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.