Project on the north side of the building will add cover over outdoor stairwell.

COURTESY PHOTO: MELISSA KELLY - The Lake Oswego Public Library is contructing an awning over the stairwell to help with safety and water intrusion concerns. Walking past the Lake Oswego Public Library this past week, people may have noticed the buzz of a small construction project.

Starting Aug. 31, construction workers began a roughly $20,000 project to install a roofed awning over the outside stairwell on the library's north side. The project aims to create a safer walking experience in the stairwell and is expected to be complete in four weeks.

Lake Oswego Library Director Melissa Kelly said the awning was a safety improvement and priority. During last winter's storm, water came under the stairwell door and flooded the library, causing about $5,000 worth of damage.

According to the library's website, lighting will be added, and water will be redirected "away from the building to prevent water intrusion."

"It can be very sketchy in ice and snow as well," Kelly said. "It's also going to really improve the look."

During the construction period, the four closest parking spaces to the stairwell are unavailable.

"We apologize for this inconvenience," read the library's website. "Please know that if you need to access Library wifi from the parking lot, our wifi signal extends to all areas of the lot. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

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