Thursday - March 5, 2015

Permanent trench patching to begin on Highway 43

Dump-trucks delivering gravel to refill the pipe trench on Highway 43.

West Linn Pipeline Construction Update

This update includes construction work in the following areas. Read More for specific information on each location:

  • Highway 43 – Major pipe installation almost complete; permanent trench patching to begin next week!
  • Open for Business - Check out the multi-page color insert in the West Linn Tidings next week and support local businesses along Highway 43
  • Mapleton Drive - Exploratory digging begins next week; tree trimming in March

Permanent trench patching to begin next week on Highway 43

Crews have about 70 feet of large diameter steel pipe left to install on Highway 43 in West Linn! The remaining pieces will be installed early next week, between Arbor Drive and Robinwood Way. Crews are currently doing some minor restoration and cleanup work, and removing some equipment to prepare for trench patching.

Starting next week, a paving crew will begin placing a more permanent trench patch over approximately 750 foot portions of the roadway where the pipe has been installed. They will begin at the south end, near Mapleton Drive, and work north towards Laurel Street in Lake Oswego. This is expected to take about four weeks to complete.

Over the next few months, small crews will continue to work along the pipeline alignment on Highway 43 between Mapleton Drive and Laurel Street. Work will include installing valves, drains, laterals; making pipe connections; performing inspections; restoring or removing concrete panels and other miscellaneous work.

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

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 the multi-page color insert in next week’s edition of the West Linn Tidings, along with these business videos and learn more about your local businesses!

Exploratory digging on Mapleton Drive begins next week

Starting in March, a crew will begin preliminary work along the water pipeline route on Mapleton Drive. They will be digging small holes in the right of way to ensure the pipeline does not conflict with existing utilities in the area. Workers will use a vacuum truck, small drill rig and small excavator—neighbors may notice some noise during this time. The holes will be repaired as work progresses. Equipment will be stored on the site at eastern end of Mapleton Drive, where the pipe was installed under the river.

During the next few weeks, crews will also be trimming trees located in the right-of-way along Mapleton Drive.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. While the crews work, there will be a single-lane closure to accommodate equipment, but no total street closure. Please watch for flaggers.

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