'Play on the Bypass' set for this Saturday
Officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation have set a firm date for their "Play on the Bypass" event, which will provide Newberg and Dundee residents with a chance to get an up close and personal look at the thoroughfare designed to decrease traffic traversing the two towns.
Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, ODOT and the two contractors responsible for constructing the first phase of the bypass are welcoming residents to walk, run or bike along the 3.5-mile route that stretches from Highway 219 south of Newberg to the "fish-hook" ramp just west of Dundee on Highway 99W.
"While the project is on schedule to be completed late this year, this casual and fun event provides a chance to see what has been built before the bypass opens to vehicles," a press release from ODOT stated.
Residents can access the roadway off of South College Street, where they will go under a new bridge structure, turn right (west) after the railroad tracks and follow the signs to a parking lot. Walkers and cyclists may also enter from the neighborhood off of College Street or on the Dundee access off of Highway 99W. The bypass will not be open to vehicles.
"We encourage you to drop by the event on Sept. 23 and take some time to walk or bike the road," the statement said.
Activities for children will be set up on the bypass and ODOT officials will be on hand to answer questions about the project. Food will be for sale from Omar's Mediterranean Grill and Ricky's Tacos. A bus provided by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District will assist those with disabilities and unable to walk long distances. Leashed dogs are welcome, but alcohol is not.
The park and rec district is also hosting a 5-kilometer run on the thoroughfare, called "5K Over the Byway," earlier that morning. A paid registration is required and proceeds will benefit CPRD's youth sports program. To register, call 503-537-2909 or visit www.cprdnewberg.org.
"Visitors will notice that the bypass may look finished, but there are still sections that may need final paving, striping, signage, signals and other safety features," the statement said, adding that a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held once the project is completed.
For more information, as well as a map, visit a website dedicated to the bypass at www.newbergdundee.org.