February 20, 2007

More roadwork ahead for Redmond

The Highway 97 reroute roadbed northeast of downtown Redmond

The Highland-Glacier Couplet and the Maple Avenue Bridge projects are complete, as is the revamped intersection of Southwest Canal Boulevard and Veterans Way, but motorists aren’t home free yet. More construction projects are slated for 2007.

Slated to begin in June is construction of Southwest 27th Street between Cascade and Highland avenues. The project will complete a link in 27th Street that eventually will allow drivers to go from Northwest Way to Southwest Canal Boulevard. The project also includes a signal at the intersection of 27th and Highland.

Also this summer the city will widen 27th Street between Southwest Obsidian and Salmon avenues. The current road width of 36 to 40 feet will be widened to 44 feet, said City Engineer Mike Caccavano. The widening will occur on the east side of the street. Both 27th Street projects also will include installation of the larger Westside Sewer Interceptor line.

Next year the city plans to reconstruct and widen 27th Street from Southwest Salmon Avenue to Canal Boulevard. Because the street follows a major canal lateral, preliminary work on the reconstruction is scheduled to begin next winter while the canals are off, however completion of right-of-way acquisition is always a big question mark, he said.

Scheduled to begin in June is the reconstruction of Southwest Rimrock Way from just south of Antler Avenue to Highland Avenue. The timeline calls for the project to be completed by the time school starts, Caccavano said.

Originally, the city was going to just put a new pavement overlay on the street near the high school, but the condition of the road led to the decision to completely reconstruct the street. The current road bed is too flat, he said. “I don’t know where the drainage has been going.”

The project will include a storm drain system, new pavement, curbs and sidewalks. The estimated $950,000 project will come from city funds. In August a federal grant will pay for adding sidewalks along Northwest 19th between Antler and Maple avenues.

Also in June, the city will replace the water line in Northwest Ninth Street between Northwest Maple and Southwest Evergreen avenues.
“It’s really needed,” Caccavano said. “There are a lot of smaller in lines in older neighborhoods around town.” The project will put in 12-inch lines. The approximately $1.33 million cost will come from the city’s water fund.

Another summer water project will build the pump station at the city’s newest well, Number 7. Next year the city will add a reservoir at the site.

A project to add signals at the off-ramps at South Highway 97 and Yew Avenue and sidewalks along Yew Avenue is scheduled to begin in August. While the signals will make it easier for drivers in the area, the sidewalks will make it safer for residents on the on west side of Highway 97 to walk to businesses on the east side, Caccavano said. The project is a cooperative effort between the city and the Oregon Department of Transportation, with the city designing the sidewalk portion, while ODOIT is designing the signals. Most of the $600,000 price tag will come from Systems Development Charges, he said.

In a project tentatively set for September, the city will install a formal right turn lane on the east side of Veterans Way at its intersection with Highway 97.
It’s the most tentative of the projects because the city is working with the railroad to get a rail crossing permit, Caccavano said. While the turn lane won’t cross the tracks, the sidewalk portion of the project probably will, he said.

The city also is nearing completion on phase one of road, water and sewer line installation in the Desert Rise, the northeast Redmond industrial park.

And after years of anticipation work on the actual road way for the reroute of Highway 97 around downtown is under way.

Work has started “sort of” on the reroute of Highway 97, Peter Murphy, ODOT Region 4 public information officer, said last week.
ODOT has issued the Notice to Proceed to the contractor, Oregon Mainline, and crews are “clearing and grubbing” and doing leveling work along the route, Murphy said.
“They’re just getting going,” he said, but “real work” will start soon.

Work is occurring all along the reroute project from south of Highland Avenue to the north interchange, where crews are digging for the footings, added Caccavano.
The $25 million project, which will take through traffic -- particularly heavy trucks -- out of downtown, is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 30, 2008, Murphy said.

-- Trish Pinkerton

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