Delays prove inevitable in construction of cultural district
City news Poor weather, construction issues delay completion date of plaza before Chehalem Cultural Center on East Sheridan Street, project now expected to wrap up in late January
Construction projects are notorious for falling behind schedule. The Newberg Cultural District project is not immune to the trend.
The NCD a project hoping to create a living room for Newberg on Sheridan Street in front of the Chehalem Cultural Center was originally slated for completion Dec. 1, but theres still quite a bit of work to be completed before the plaza space can be opened.
The street has to be completed before we start on other processes, said Don Clements, Chehalem Park and Recreation District superintendent. But we cant pour concrete.
This is due to the freezing temperatures that wont seem to subside.
The big storms in October and these freezing temperatures have set us back, said Jason Wuertz, project manager. Its been freezing for so long its starting to impact some other work as well.
He said the largest aspect is finishing the road pavement on Sheridan Street, between Howard and Blaine streets.
A lot of the stuff we will see here forward is finishing work, touch ups, he said.
Last week, the most visible work was moving what were overhead wires underground, since concrete work wasnt feasible.
Clements said its been delayed because of some other complications as well.
We have had a few situations with the (Montana block) wall. When it was first put in it was totally unacceptable. I rejected that immediately. But its getting better and better, he said. The (sub-contractors) really goofed up in pouring (concrete) and it had to be removed.
But Wuertz said these kinds of things happen frequently during projects: they get fixed and construction moves on.
I know the contactor wants to get done and move on to his next project. Were really excited for it to be complete and for people to start using it, he said. But we want to make sure to take the time to do it right and not push through in poor weather.
The new completion estimates are from mid- to late-January.
But were not there yet, Clements said.