Thursday - February 5, 2015

More than a mile of pipe installed on Highway 43

Welding a steel closure ring to join two pieces of the 48" steel pipe on Highway 43

West Linn Pipeline Construction Update

Two crews continue to lay pipe on Highway 43 in West Linn and Lake Oswego, and more than a mile of pipe has been installed!

This week, crews placed some temporary striping in areas on Highway 43 to improve lane delineation. Steel plates and temporary pavement patches are present in the roadway, which can leave the road rough and uneven - driving at slower speeds is recommended. These delays are temporary and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Final paving of the roadway where the pipe was installed will occur once construction is complete on Highway 43 and the new pipe is tested, likely this summer.

Crews are now installing pipe between Walling Way and Fairview Way in West Linn, progressing about 100 feet per night.

Progress has recently slowed for the second crew installing pipe near Holy Names Drive and Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego. They have encountered unexpected rock while excavating the pipe trench. A rock hammer is being used to help get through this area, which creates an increase in noise. Crews are working as quickly as they can to reduce the amount of time the hammer needs to be in use, and expect to be through the rock early next week.

Nighttime work hours are 8 p.m. - 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. During construction, in most areas, one lane will be open at a time, with flaggers guiding traffic in each direction.

Please drive with caution while traveling through the construction zones and be sure to follow the directions given by flaggers.

Open for Business!

The Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership is committed to supporting local businesses during night construction on Highway 43. While construction is under way, businesses remain open to serve the community and visitors. Through discount coupons, an online business directory, signage, shopping bags, videos, special ads and promotional items in the West Linn Tidings, the Partnership is striving to increase business exposure, attract customers and encourage neighbors to buy local.

Check out these business videos and learn more about your local businesses!

For the latest information on Highway 43 work, follow @LOTWater on Twitter, drop-in to a bi-monthly construction meeting at Burgerville (next meeting is Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.), or contact us.