As work along Springbrook Road continues under the Newberg-Dundee bypass project, state officials are warning that drivers will no longer be able to make a u-turn from southwest-bound Highway 99W.
The change barring u-turns from that specific side of 99W is a safety precaution as the intersection is overhauled to handle more traffic heading toward the new bypass route south of Newberg, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
"What that means to travelers is that no u-turns will be permitted for travelers going southwest on 99W at Springbrook (Road)," the release states. "However, travelers will still be able to make U-turns in the other direction, going northeast on 99W to southwest."
As part of Phase 1 of the new bypass, which is scheduled to open by the end of the year, 99W's intersection with Springbrook Road will be the primary point where non-local traffic heading southwest toward the coast will be diverted to the bypass and away from downtown Newberg and Dundee.
As passing drivers already know well, work is underway to expand that intersection and Springbrook Road to handle that extra traffic, including adding a second left-turn lane from 99W to southbound Springbrook Road.
Due to those dual left-turn lanes, ODOT has determined that it is no longer safe to make u-turns from that point of the intersection. While ODOT plans to post new signs prohibiting u-turns at that point, it's unclear exactly when those signs will go up.
Once Phase 1 of the bypass is completed, Springbrook Road will have two travel lanes — a map of the whole project shows Springbrook Road heading south from 99W being slimmed from two lanes down to one —plus a center turn lane, a multi-use path and new traffic signals between 99W and Highway 219. In addition, the city is also installing a larger water line during the project.
More information about the Newberg-Dundee bypass project and the status of Phase 1 is available at www.newbergdundee.org.