Council approves next step in Crestview project
A project with the ultimate goal of connecting Highway 99W near Providence Drive with the northernmost section of the city, reached a milestone thanks to a decision by the Newberg City Council.
The city's ultimate governing body passed a resolution Sept. 7 authorizing a $2.79 million contract with Canby Excavating Inc. for the East Crestview Improvement Project. The city's portion of the project extends about one-third of a mile and will be "multimodal" in nature, according to city engineer Kaaren Hofmann.
"The ultimate goal … is to complete a transportation project that has been identified as an important connection between the northern portion of the city of Newberg and Oregon Highway 99W for decades," she said. "The completed road corridor between North Springbrook Road and Highway 99W will provide a multimodal roadway with bike lanes and sidewalks for an alternative connection between neighborhoods in the northeast and southeast portions of the city, including Providence hospital and the trails of the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course."
The city is joining with two other entities — Yamhill County and JT Smith Companies — in constructing the thoroughfare. The center section of the project, which sits on county land, runs through a housing complex on Westlake Loop. JT Smith Companies will construct the easternmost section of the route from the housing complex to the highway. The city is responsible for the northwestern section of the project from North Springbrook Road to the county line.
Via two open houses, the city has presented its design for the project, including the portion at the intersection of East Crestview Drive and North Westlake Loop, to property owners and residents, including those within the Westlake Estates Subdivision, Hofmann said. There have been follow-up discussions with local homeowner association board members as well.
Funding for the project comes from a bevy of sources. Regional Solutions, a state agency, awarded the city a $740,000 grant in 2015 toward the project; the city will dedicate proceeds from utility fees and system development charges; Springbrook Properties, a branch of Allison Properties, will contribute a yet-to-be-determined amount of funds to the project as well, Hofmann said.
The city's next step in the process, she added, will be to sign a contract with Canby Excavating Inc., at which point they will prepare a work schedule for the project.
The city's portion of the project is estimated to take about a year, Hofmann said. The timeline for completion of Crestview Crossing, JT Smith Companies' multiphase housing project that will include extending the thoroughfare to the highway, is yet to be determined.
Ultimately, Hofmann said, the city's goal is to create a thoroughfare stretching from Highway 99W to the northernmost section of the city.
"When the East Crestview Drive Improvement Project and the Crestview Crossing project are complete and future improvements are made to East Mountainview Drive, the multimodal connection, with bike lanes and sidewalks, will extend west to North College Street, she said.
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