Friday - February 13, 2015

Exploratory digging begins near downtown Lake Oswego

Crews place temporary paving over their work area near Holy Names Drive.

Lake Oswego Pipeline Construction Update

This update includes construction work in the following areas:

  • Exploratory digging - McVey Avenue; Green, Durham and State Streets; Foothills Road
  • Chandler Road/10th Street - pipe installation expected to begin in March
  • Finishing items - Waluga Park to Chandler Road
  • Highway 43 nighttime construction - continues near Furman Drive

For the most up to date information on construction and road closures, follow @LOTwater on Twitter, visit work underway, or contact us.


Exploratory digging – McVey Avenue; Green, Durham and State Streets; Foothills Road

Next week, crews will begin working along the water pipeline route on portions of McVey Avenue, Green Street, George Rogers Park, Durham Street, Foothills Road and State StreetThey will dig small holes in the roadway to ensure the pipeline route does not conflict with existing utilities. Workers will use a vacuum truck, small drill rig and small excavator. The holes will be repaired as work progresses. This work is expected to take about four weeks to complete.

Some of this work will occur during the day (7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday - Friday), and some is required by permitting authorities to occur at night. All work on State Street will occur between 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Work on McVey Avenue will occur between 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. During this time, single-lane closures will be in place with flaggers directing traffic. Please expect some temporary delays.

Chandler Road/ 10th Street– pipe installation expected to begin in March

Pipe installation at Chandler Road and 10th Street, is expected to begin in March. Crews will lay pipe from Chandler Road to 10th Street, along A Avenue; between 10th and 9th Street; 9th Street between A and B Avenues; and, then down B Avenue, between 9th and State Street. Most work will be done during the day, from Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. To minimize traffic impacts on A Avenue, between 10th and 9th Streets, work will be conducted at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

In March, Chandler Road and 10th Street between Iron Mountain Boulevard and A Avenue will be closed to through traffic. Detours will be in place directing traffic onto Iron Mountain Boulevard, Country Club Road and A Avenue. The closure is expected to be in place for about three weeks. Please watch for signage to safely direct you around the closure. During construction, access will be maintained for local traffic only within the closed area. Once the work is complete on Chandler Road and 10th Street, crews will begin placing pipe along A Avenue. Single lane closures will in place during the nighttime construction, but two-way traffic should be maintained.

Finishing items – Waluga Park to Chandler Road

Over the next several weeks, crews will be working along the pipeline that was installed from Waluga Park to Chandler Road to finish some minor tasks. Expect to see small crews and a few pieces of minor equipment near the sides of the road. At times, there may be single lane closures to accommodate equipment. Please watch for flaggers.

Highway 43 nighttime construction - continues near Furman Drive

Crews have recently worked past the rock on Highway 43 near Holy Names Drive. They are no longer using a rock hammer to break through this area, and their progress has increased to about 100 feet a day. Thank you to neighbors for your patience during this particularly noisy work.

A second crew continues to install pipe in West Linn along Highway 43 working north towards Lake Oswego, near Fairview Way. In March, the two crews will be likely be too close to safely work together - one crew will remain to install the rest of the pipe on Highway 43, another will work on placing a more permanent pavement patch over portions of the roadway.

Most major work is occurring at night from Sunday –Thursday, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Some asphalt saw-cutting and maintenance work on Highway 43 in Lake Oswego is occurring sporadically throughout the week between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please drive with caution while traveling through these construction zones and be sure to follow the directions given by flaggers during work hours. Steel plates and temporary pavement patches are present, 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 the construction is complete on Highway 43 and the new pipe is tested, likely this summer.

Thank you for your patience during construction on Highway 43.

For more information about the project, follow @LOTwater on Twitter, visit work underway, or contact us.