Friday - July 31, 2015

48-hour weekend railroad crossing construction planned for a weekend in mid-late August

Crews work along State Street towards A Avenue.

Railroad crossing on State Street

Members of the Grand Ronde Tribes bring the sculpture to the shore at George Rogers Park in a canoe. (Photo by Doug Vorwaller)

Final sculpture placement in George Rogers Park

Lake Oswego Pipeline Construction Update

This update includes construction work in the following areas:

  • State Street - nighttime pipeline construction underway
  • Railroad crossing - 48-hour weekend construction planned for mid-late August
  • Highway 43 - permanent striping
  • George Rogers Park - tribal artwork dedication ceremony

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

State Street - nighttime pipeline construction underway

Pipeline construction has been underway for about two weeks on State Street. Crews are currently working near the intersection of A Avenue, progressing south towards the railroad tracks and Foothills Road.

On Wednesday morning at about 2 a.m., the pipe trench began to collapse, which caused a gas line to break. NW Natural responded immediately to repair the gas line, however, this resulted in severe traffic delays on Highway 43 during the peak hour commute. The gas line was repaired by about 10 a.m. and the road re-opened at 10:30 a.m. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience during this unexpected incident.

In mid-August, the pipeline will be installed under the railroad tracks on State Street requiring a 48-hour period of continuous work over a weekend (see below for more information). From there, the pipeline will be installed along a portion of Foothills Road, through the Oswego Village Shopping Center, the Old Town neighborhood, George Rogers Park and McVey Avenue.

To minimize traffic and business impacts, most work on State Street will occur at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Work nights have now changed to Monday-Friday, due to the availability of materials. In most areas, one lane of traffic will be open, with flaggers guiding traffic. All lanes will be open to traffic during the day. Steel plates will be present in the roadway. Please drive with caution through the active work zones and obey flagger’s directions.

For more information about downtown construction, please visit the Lake Oswego Construction Activities page or view the latest Hello LO insert.

Railroad Crossing - 48-hour weekend construction planned for mid-late August

To install the pipe under the railroad tracks (pictured above) on State Street, crews are required to work continuously, day and night, for one 48-hour period. This will occur over a weekend, from Saturday at 8 a.m. until as late as 8 a.m. on Monday, in mid-late August near the intersection of A Avenue and State Street.

Several lane closures will be in place in the northbound and southbound lanes between B Avenue and Foothills Road. Both northbound and southbound lanes of traffic will likely be diverted into a single lane with flaggers directing traffic. Flaggers will be stationed along State Street at B Avenue, A Avenue and Foothills Road, and the traffic signals will be turned off. We appreciate your patience during this crucial step in construction.

Drivers should expect delays in downtown Lake Oswego during this 48-hour period, particularly during the Monday morning commute. We encourage drivers to avoid this area and use alternate routes. 

More information about this phase of construction will be announced soon.

Highway 43 - permanent striping

Crews continue to install the permanent striping on Highway 43 and expect to be finished by mid- August. Crews have also been replacing traffic loops along Highway 43 between West Linn and Lake Oswego. After they’ve been replaced, signal timing and traffic flows should improve. Nighttime work hours on Highway 43 are 8 p.m. – 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. During work hours, one lane will be open at a time, in most areas, with flaggers guiding traffic in each direction. Please drive with caution through the active work zones and obey flagger’s directions.

George Rogers Park - tribal artwork dedication ceremony

On July 20 at George Rogers Park the Partnership hosted a dedication ceremony for a new cultural resources interpretive exhibit, which features educational signage and a sculpture created by Travis Stewart, a member of the Grand Ronde Tribes.

During the event, members of the Grande Ronde Tribes canoed the sculpture to shore from the Willamette River (pictured above), as other members welcomed them in with a tribal song featuring traditional drums. Once the sculpture was brought to shore it was secured to its foundation, located on the lower lawn area near the beach. The sculpture foundation was formed and donated by Emery & Sons Construction, Inc., the Partnership’s contractor who is installing the new water pipeline through several portions of Lake Oswego this year.

For more information, including the history behind the sculpture, event photos and the Cultural Resources Exhibit Committee, who guided the development of this exhibit, read this story about the Tribal Artwork Dedication Ceremony.

A short video capturing the event will be shared soon. The Tigard Times and Lake Oswego Review also covered the event.

For more information about the project, please contact us, visit “all work underway,” follow @lotwater on Twitter or call the project hotline at 503-697-6502.