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Concrete work is finished in southern section, and more than half of that work is completed in the northern portion of road.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - A new signal is installed on Madrona Street during the Boones Ferry Road construction project. Drivers who journey along the Boones Ferry Road construction site will soon see some finished pieces of the project.

With the southern portion of the project — from Bryant Road/Firwood Road to Madrona Street — nearly complete, the Boones Ferry Road project team provided the Lake Oswego City Council with an update on the progress made in the last year during an April 6 meeting.

"We are getting ready for the turn on of the Madrona (Street) signals," said Crystal Shum, project lead. "That will happen in a couple weeks."

In that section of the project, Shum said the road was widened to include a left-turn lane, a U-turn lane and a bike lane on each side of the street. And now with the addition of the signal, it will provide a safer place for pedestrians to cross the street.

The purpose of the project is to create a safer road that is accessible to all and serves as a centerpiece in the Lake Grove area.

The concrete work — sidewalks and curbs — along with the landscaped median, street lights and streetscape elements, which include benches, bike racks, water fountains and trash cans, has also been completed in the portion of the project south of Bryant Road. More than half of the concrete work is finished north of Bryant Road.

All of the utility undergrounding is finished and other improvements have been made to stormwater infrastructure, sidewalks, retaining walls and waysides.

"Sidewalks are almost complete on the east side of the roadway (McDonald's side) from the south end to Reese Road. Work is also being done on the west side of the roadway," the April 6 staff report read. "Almost all of the curbs on this side of the roadway have been constructed and sidewalks are being formed and poured."

The wayside areas, larger areas of sidewalk the public can use, were obtained by private property owners through an easement. People can enjoy some of the project's artistic elements in these areas.

Near McDonald's, one of the wayside areas includes a basalt rock seating arrangement, while another area features a log bench crafted from a tree that had to be taken down due to the widening of the road.

"At the Gubanc's (restaurant) wayside, a fire pit was installed to add ambience to the area," the staff report read. "A doghouse sculpture, also procured through a Neighborhood Enhancement Grant, has also been installed at this location … Also, the Riccardo's (restaurant) wayside will include a fountain that pedestrians may find soothing as they walk to or by the restaurant." COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - A construction crew works to pour concrete as part of the Boones Ferry Road construction project.

Shum said the project is ahead of schedule and the estimated future cost of the project as of March 26 — which doesn't include the Boones Ferry Road staging area — is about $38.6 million.

While some costs are tracking slightly lower than anticipated, others came in higher, according to Shum.

One of those areas is traffic control, mostly with flaggers.

Councilor Jackie Manz asked how the city didn't know earlier that flaggers would cost significantly more than anticipated.

Shum said she was tracking it but when they initially went out for bid, the contract included 9,000 hours for flagging.

"What it didn't take into consideration really was that we were going to work day and night on this project to get it done," said Shum, adding that one flagger on the job site, working eight hours a day for five days, would cost about $9,600 each month. Typically there are two to five flaggers onsite depending on the number of crews, Shum said.

In response to a question from Mayor Joe Buck, Shum said the city had the funds to continue and complete the current construction project.

Councilor Massene Mboup expressed concerns over dangers on the road, such as potholes or rough spots. He said he blew his tire and has heard of others who have experienced issues with road conditions. He asked if flaggers could watch and monitor those areas.

Shum said they're aware of the problem and in some cases there are trenches across the roadway that were not patched as well as they could have been. Shum added that whenever they're made aware of a specific area, they are taking control of the situation and monitoring those areas.

The city has completed a variety of outreach processes to inform the public of changing traffic patterns and educate people on the project, as well as continuing efforts to promote businesses in that area.

"Most importantly, maintaining access to businesses, maintaining pedestrian access, and keeping the traffic flowing remain our top priorities," the staff report read. "The project is making progress every day, even during the global pandemic. Every indication is that it will be completed on time, if not slightly early."

For more information, visit the city's website.


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