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Curb and sidewalk replacement project to run into December, Oregon Department of Transportation will do more later

DUNDEE — With summer in full swing, so too is roadside construction on Dundee's stretch of Highway 99W as the city starts a $2 million project to replace and upgrade most of its sidewalks and curbs.GARY ALLEN - The city of Dundee has started construction work on the initial stages of what will be a two-phase, $8.3 million upgrade of its stretch of Highway 99W, primarily funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The current phase of work – running into December – is largely focusing on upgrading sidewalks, with other aspects that include new water lines and infrastructure for new street lights.

With construction on and around the road split between two phases – each with its own sub-stages – City Administrator Rob Daykin said drivers should expect to find traffic being diverted into the center turn lane at times as the project runs through summer and fall.

While each stage will have a specific plan with the Oregon Department of Transportation for lane shifts, possible closures and detours – the first stage runs on 99W's west side from First to Fifth streets – the details of those plans won't be available until right before each stage begins.

"Anytime you go through a work zone, there's going to be some inconvenience," Daykin said of ODOT's traffic control plans. "It's for the safety of their workers as well as motoring traffic and pedestrians."

The work is the beginning of what will amount to an $8.3 million facelift to 99W within city limits in two phases, the bulk of which will be paid for by ODOT, according to a summary of the project written by the city. In the end, the city is expected to contribute about $1.5 million to that total for a number of utility upgrades while work is underway.

With the city is taking a lead role on the first phase of the project – itself costing slightly more than $2 million – it has hired K&E Excavation for the job.

Nearly three quarters of the money is coming from ODOT, specifically a $480,000 grant to update sidewalks and lay some ground work for future street lighting as well as $900,000 to fund work on upgrading curbs, handicap-accessible ramps and replacing some storm drains.

Specifically regarding streetlights, Daykin said this phase will include setting up the foundations and conduits while the state will come back to install the streetlight poles in the next phase.

Meanwhile, separate city funds will pay for work to update water, sewer, stormwater and other street improvements.

Daykin said this includes building a 10-inch water line to replace an old, deteriorating line and improve fire flow along the highway while also building underground conduits designed to eventually hold communications lines that are now overhead, though he noted actually putting those lines underground is a project for another day.

The second phase of the project, primarily under ODOT's supervision once this phase is completed, will focus on the far ends of 99W in Dundee – with crosswalks, refuge islands and pedestrian signals at either end – as well as resurfacing and re-striping of the road, among other upgrades.

In the meantime, Daykin said Phase A work is divided into seven stages so as to minimize the impact on traffic to one specific area, diverting the affected travel lane into the center lane for each particular segment. The last phase is expected to end on Dec. 15.

Any work that would require shutting down traffic would happen at night, according to the city summary.

The city's schedule shows Stage 1 – the west side of 99W between First and Fifth streets – is slated to be finished Monday, at which point Stage 2 between Fifth and Seventh streets will start.

The city has posted the full schedule detailing the time and location of each stage on its website at www.dundeecity.com.

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