Waluga Reservoir 2 (WR2)/Carman Drive Construction Update
This update includes construction work in the following areas. Scroll down for specific information on each location:
- NW Natural Gas work in Carman Dr.: 6/20 to 7/2, M-F, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Other Carman Dr. roadwork
- Reservoir site work: rock placement, storm drain line and rock wall
- Quarry Road is open; Douglas Way is closed
- How we are building a strong and safe reservoir
NW Natural Gas work in Carman Drive
NW Natural continues to repair the broken gas line on Carman near the reservoir site. NW Natural has indicated that work should be copleted by today. Watch for flaggers between the traffic circle and the reservoir site during this work and expect some temporary delays.
Other Carman Drive roadwork
Currently crews are completing stump grinding along Carman Drive west of the WR2 access road. Seed and straw will then be applied to the sloped area. Once NW Natural as completed its work on Carman Drive, Partnership crews will complete pavement striping and abandonment of a water line. When this work is happening on Carman, traffic control will be in place. Please watch for flaggers.
City street crews will also be removing one small tree along Carman Drive to improve vision clearance as vehicles move west along Carman from the traffic circle and around the curve. This will improve driver safety as reservoir construction proceeds. Large trucks (dump trucks, delivery trucks) will now be accessing the site from the west on Carman Drive rather than from the east as planned. Given the roadway curvature, the angle of the site driveway and the location of an existing tree on an adjoining property, large trucks are not able to exit the site to the east toward the traffic circle without entering the oncoming traffic lane.
Reservoir site work: rock placement, storm drain line and installation of wall along access road
Rock crushing is over for now at the site. This week, work started on encasing pipe on the reservoir site. This activity includes excavating, placing pipe and embedding some pipe in concrete. Crews will also begin installing the storm line up the access road off Carman Dr. and installing the new wall along the easterly side of the access road. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Quarry Road is open; Douglas Way is closed
Crews have finished pipe work in Quarry Road, near Douglas Way and Quarry is now open to through traffic. Douglas Way remains closed to through traffic between Hallmark Drive and Quarry Road through late July for pipe installation. Please watch for signage directing you to appropriate detours. Once crews reach Lake Grove Elementary School, they will continue through the parking lot and down the driveway toward Boones Ferry Road, finishing before September 2 when school resumes.
Strong and Safe Reservoirs
Keeping drinking water safe is vital to the health and economy of our communities and reservoirs play an important role. Recent earthquakes in Mexico, Chile and Japan have given engineers a better understanding of the effects of catastrophic events on key facilities like power and water. Read this article to learn how Partnership facilities, like the Waluga Reservoir 2, were engineered for earthquake resilience.
We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause and thank you for your patience during construction of this important water storage project.