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ODOT apologizes for its noisy work

There have been complaints from residents near the Newberg-Dundee bypass site, but Lou Torres said the noise can’t be helped.

“They’re getting ready to build the bridges,” the Region 2 Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman said. “The pile driving is something we have to do.”

The pile driving started a couple of weeks ago near Northeast Niederberger Road in Dundee and still has a few weeks left before crews move down the road.

“We still have quite a lot more work to do,” Torres said. “We’re just going to have to ask for people’s patience and understanding. It’s not going to go on forever. It will end at some point, but right now the construction work is going on in that far west end of the bypass is quite close to a lot of homes and businesses.”Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Unfortunate noise - Pile driving and construction work in Dundee has sparked resident complaints, but the Oregon Department of Transportation said it's necessary to move forward with the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

He said ODOT has tried to reach out to residents warning them of the noise and help them prepare for the ongoing disruptions.

“It’ll be an inconvenience, I know it will be,” he said.

The good news is the noise permeating the area now should be the loudest part of the bypass work, Torres said.

“But there’s no way to muffle or make it quieter,” he said.

Construction is also limited to the day time because of how loud it can be. This means typically work is completed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., although at times crews start as early as 7 a.m.

“I understand there are people that maybe work swing shifts and we understand,” Torres said. “We feel badly about that.”

Phase 1 of the bypass, which stretches from Highway 219 south of Newberg to Dundee, is scheduled for completion in 2017.



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