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Crews set to install pipe under LO railroad tracks

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Work on State Street will take place in one continuous 48-hour period from Aug 15 to Aug. 17


Crews working along State Street for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership will install pipe under the railroad tracks just south of Lake View Village from Aug. 15-17 in a non-stop effort expected to last about 48 hours.

Work will begin at about 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, and continue until about 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Construction will be centered at the intersection of State Street and A Avenue, but officials say the active traffic-control zone will stretch from B Avenue to Foothills Road.

During the 48-hour stretch, crews are planning to divert both the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic into a single lane, with flaggers directing traffic. Flaggers will be stationed along State Street, A Avenue and Foothills Road, with the traffic signals turned off. Flaggers will also be stationed on A Avenue to direct vehicles turning right or left onto State Street.

Needless to say, drivers should expect delays in downtown Lake Oswego during the 48-hour period, particularly during the Monday morning commute. Partnership officials are urging drivers to avoid the area if possible, and to use alternate routes.

The 48-hour construction timeframe, including the specific dates and times, were decided by Genesee & Wyoming, the company that operates the railroad.

The work is part of the final phase of construction in Lake Oswego to install a stronger, more resilient drinking water pipeline. After crossing the railroad tracks, crews will install the pipeline along a portion of Foothills Road, through the Oswego Village Shopping Center, the Old Town neighborhood, George Rogers Park and along McVey Avenue. This phase of construction is expected to finish in early 2016.

For more information about the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership, visit www.lotigardwater.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow @LOTWater on Twitter or call the project hotline at 503-697-6502.