Friday - March 20, 2015

Last piece of pipe installed on Highway 43

Final piece of 48-inch steel pipe installed on Highway 43

Crews cutting the final piece of pipe!

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

  • Highway 43 - Last piece of 48-inch pipe now installed; permanent trench patch more than halfway complete!
  • Open for Business - Support local businesses along Highway 43
  • Mapleton Drive - Exploratory digging almost complete
  • Meet the Mapleton Drive Pipeline Contractor - Meeting to be held soon

Highway 43 - Last piece of 48-inch pipe now installed; permanent trench patch more than halfway complete!

A milestone was reached this week—the final piece of the two-mile stretch of 48-inch steel pipe was installed on Highway 43! Thank you to neighbors and commuters for your patience during night construction.

Crews are just over halfway complete with permanent trench patching, which is providing a smoother ride. Over the next few weeks, they will continue installing the trench patch to the intersection of Highway 43 and Laurel Street in Lake Oswego.

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, and laterals; making pipe connections; performing inspections; restoring or removing concrete panels; grout inspections and other miscellaneous work.

Final paving of the lane where the pipe was installed will occur once all work is complete on Highway 43 and the new pipe is tested, 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 - support local businesses along Highway 43

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, 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!

Mapleton Drive - Exploratory digging is almost complete

This week, a crew began preliminary work along the water pipeline route on Mapleton Drive digging small holes in the right-of-way to ensure the pipeline does not conflict with existing utilities in the area. This work is expected to be complete by early next week.

Workers are using 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. 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.

Meet the Mapleton Drive Pipeline Contractor - meeting to be held soon

A “Meet the Mapleton Drive Pipeline Contractor” meeting will be held soon, before major pipeline work begins. The next West Linn neighborhood construction meeting will be held as scheduled, on April 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Burgerville.

For the latest information, follow @LOTWater on Twitter, drop-in to a bi-monthly construction meeting at Burgerville (next meeting is April 7 at 7:30 a.m.), or contact us.