City accepts requests for proposals for part of road that extends to the city limits

The city of Newberg is in the final stage of collecting requests for proposals for consulting work for a project to improve East Crestview Drive.

The project, which required proposals be due back by Feb. 28, opened on Feb. 8. The project runs between the eastern city limits at Northeast Crestview Drive and North Springbrook Road. This segment of East Crestview Drive is classified as a "major collector street" in the city's transportation system plan.

"This design and construction project, partially funded by a grant from Regional Solutions through the Oregon Business Development Department, is for improvements on East Crestview Drive from the city limits to North Springbrook Road," the RFP stated. "Replacing the gravel and substandard pavement portions of this roadway is to include two travel lanes, bike lanes, planter strips, sidewalks, curb and gutter. Wastewater and water utility improvements are also included."

The RFP states that when completed, the improved roadway will connect North Springbrook Road with Northeast Crestview Drive, which is outside the city limits. A separate project by private developer Gramor Development will connect Northeast Crestview Drive to Highway 99W at North Providence Drive and develop a large swath of land adjacent to the highway for commercial and residential use.

According to the city's website, the schedule is partly driven by a grant.

"Proposal selection is qualification based and all proposals must meet the submittal requirements and will be evaluated according to the proposer's experience, expertise, scope and understanding, and the project schedule," according to the city's website.

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