Friday - August 22, 2014

B Avenue Stormwater System Construction Update

Open for Business signage is placed on road closure barricades and sidewalks during construction

This week, construction began for the much needed new stormwater system upgrade on B Avenue at State Street. During construction, B Ave. is closed to traffic between State and 1st St.

Change in work hours

Per ODOT requirements, B Avenue will be closed 24 hours a day, between OR43 and 1st St, Monday to Friday, during storm line construction. This closure will last through early September.

Support of the business community is a high priority for the project. To maximize productivity and complete construction of the stormwater system upgrade in advance of the 2014 holiday season, construction hours are being modified on B Ave. Once crews work through the first block of B Ave., west of 1st Street, work hours will change (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.

B Ave. Businesses

While construction is underway, local businesses remain open to serve the community and visitors. We encourage our employees, contractors and vendors as well as community members to patronize businesses along the alignment and support the local economy.

Online Business Directory

To support businesses, we have developed an online directory to let existing and prospective clients and customers know that businesses are accessible and open during construction.
Please click on the link below, review the draft directory and let us know about:

  1. Additions—your business is not yet listed, but you would like to be included
  2. Changes—your business is listed, but the information needs to be modified
  3. Deletions—you would like to opt out and have your business removed from the online directory

Open for Business | Shop Local (Business Directory)

Please send your feedback to We will continue to receive input until Friday, August 29, 2014 and go live with the directory during the first week of September.

Key Information

  • One block and one intersection of B Avenue at a time will be closed to traffic and detoured.
  • Work hours on B Ave. west of 1st Street are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • Contact project staff regarding deliveries or other special needs (503-697-6502).
  • Parking is on side streets outside the one block work zone as well as in City parking lots.
  • Pedestrian access to all businesses will be maintained at all times in all locations.
  • "Open for business" window clings, brochures and holders are available for all businesses on B Avenue. Contact project staff for supplies at or (503-697-6502).
  • Read our B Ave. construction brochure for more information or the latest Hello LO insert.

Water Pipeline Early Next Year

Early next year, construction will commence with installing the new, larger water pipeline, starting at 9th and B Ave. This installation will take about six months (concluding at State Street). The project is scheduled for early 2015 to minimize impact to businesses during the 2014 holiday season.

For more information about the project, contact us, visit the “all work underway” page, or follow @lotwater on Twitter.