RIPS reaches a significant milestone!
Gladstone Pipeline and River Intake Construction Update
This update includes construction work in the following areas. Read below for specific information on each location:
- River Intake Pump Station (RIPS) - demolition now complete!
- McLoughlin Blvd. (Hwy. 99E) - pipeline almost complete, temporary paving to be placed
River Intake Pump Station (RIPS) – demolition now complete!
A significant milestone was reached earlier this week with the last piece of the old intake removed from the river! Divers worked with the crane operator and crews to remove the bottom levels of the intake, and said farewell to the old structure.
This week, crews also removed the stair tower and disassembled the turbidity curtain. Early next week, the large red crane will be removed from the site.
With demolition complete, this marks the beginning of the site restoration. Over the coming weeks, crews will begin preparing for curb placement, asphalt removal, stone column installation and final landscaping.
Thank you to Gladstone, West Linn, Lake Oswego and Tigard mayors for attending a special tour of the new RIPS this week!
In observance of Labor Day, no work will take place Monday, September 7.
Did you know?
The new, reinforced concrete RIPS is anchored to basalt bedrock with fourteen ground anchors, which will help with seismic stability in the event of a large earthquake. Visit this link to learn how the Partnership’s new facilities are seismically resilient.
McLoughlin Blvd. (Hwy. 99E) – pipeline almost complete, temporary paving to be placed
Crews are almost finished installing pipe across McLoughlin Boulevard (Hwy. 99E). To minimize impacts to traffic and businesses, most work on McLoughlin is occurring at night, which is required under the ODOT permit. Night work hours are 8 p.m. – 5 a.m., Sunday – Thursday. Some work is also taking place between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Crews are currently working to restore concrete panels in the roadway and, next week, expect to place temporary pavement where the pipe has been installed. Once the pipe is tested, final paving will occur.
During work hours, travelers should expect nighttime lane closures on McLoughlin Boulevard between W. Arlington Street and W. Gloucester Street. In some instances, lane closures may also occur from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Expect temporary delays during this time. Steel plates and temporary pavement patches will be present, so driving at slower speeds is encouraged. Please obey flaggers’ instructions and drive safely through the work zone.
Once crews finish working on 99E near the Teriyaki Grill and the pipe is tested, they will begin preparing the dead-end block of Exeter Street and Jensen Road pathway for final paving and restoration.