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Kittelson and Associates will earn more than $700,000 for design and construction work on the busy thoroughfare

GARY ALLEN - Elliott Road will soon undergo a major reconstruction project to add capacity to the city's transportation system.

The city of Newberg is entering into an agreement to complete the design for a project on Elliot Road that will reconstruct a section of the road between Highway 99 and Newberg High School.

The project bid went to Kittelson and Associates to complete the design, which includes public outreach, right-of-way acquisition, surveying, design, bid and construction. All told, the contract is for $706,330 for the first year. The location of the project runs from Hawthorne Drive, near NHS, to where the road connects with Highway 99W.

According to city information, Newberg's 2016 Transportation System Plan identified the need to reconstruct Elliott Road to full, major collector street standards between the highway and NHS to include sidewalks and bicycle lanes on each side of thoroughfare. The project scope includes an extensive public outreach, an evaluation of on-street parking, and additional right-of-way acquisition in addition to conventional roadway and drainage design, and undergrounding of overhead powerlines. The project will be designed to add capacity to the city's transportation system..

The city received four qualified bids for the project, before settling on Kittelson and Associates.

"The proposal evaluation team identified Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) as the most qualified engineering design consultant with the particular knowledge, expertise and experience for the proposed project, and entered into negotiations," a council resolution stated. "KAI submitted a detailed proposal with a scope of work and cost breakdown for the city's consideration. The total project cost is estimated to be $3,500,000. KAI's proposal is comprehensive. The total consultant cost at 20.2 percent of the total project cost, is reasonable."

Over the next three years, the project cost is estimated at $3.5 million.

According to city information, the approval "of this engineering design phase contract will allow for the city's active community outreach. Several property owners have raised concerns about the project, having issues with the width of the new improvements and proximity to their homes, loss of on-street parking, and higher traffic volumes and speeds. The project design team is to meet with the affected property owners in a group and individually to better understand their concerns and potentially modify the design for the proposed project."

Elliot Road was also listed on the city's plans for roadway improvements.

That stretch of road was also home to some controversy. In fall 2017, plans to locate a Panda Express restaurant faced an appeal from a resident of the road, who rallied together other neighbors in a letter against allowing the business to build there. The restaurant eventually won out.


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