Last updated May 17, 2013
ALL BUSINESSES OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
The streetscapes project is on schedule for substantial completion by June 6th. SW Railroad and Washington Street are nearly complete. All of the street trees should be installed by Monday. The contractor will be installing trash receptacles, sealing joints and starting site cleanup next week. Utility work in the alley was finished this week, except for the trenchless sanitary sewer repair that will take place next week during non-business hours. Both alleys will be prepped for paving next week. The alleys are scheduled for paving on May 28th and 29th. The new streetlights are scheduled to arrive the first week of June and will be installed upon arrival. Local access will be allowed on SW Washington Street over the weekend, but the road will be closed to through traffic until Cruisin’ Sherwood.
As a reminder, please use the gravel lots south of the railroad tracks for long-term parking in order to leave the on-street parking for customers, clients and guests.
We encourage you to support local businesses and visit those within and around the construction zone. City staff is communicating regularly with business owners and tenants to ensure that issues and concerns are addressed in a timely manner. If you hear of a concern or have questions about the project, please contact the City Project Manager, Jason Waters at email@example.com or 503-925-2304.
Business/building owners and tenants can stop by Rebekah Lodge each Wednesday at 11am to discuss the construction project. The last owner/tenant meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12th.
Eight (8) Autumn Gold Ginkgo trees will be added to the north side of SW Railroad Street between SW Main and Pine Street. Although the Ginkgo trees are smaller than the other new trees, they will grow taller and have larger canopies, which will complement the wider sidewalk along Railroad Street. Photos of typical Autumn Gold Ginkgo trees can be seen here.
Green Vase Zelkova trees will be installed along the south side of SW Railroad Street and on both sides of SW Washington Street. There will be a total of eight (8) Zelkovas installed on Railroad St and eight (8) Zelkovas installed on Washington Street (4 trees on each side of Washington). Photos of typical Green Vase Zelkova trees can be see here.
This project replaces the Chanticleer Pear trees that were situated along Railroad and Washington Street. Those trees were planted in pairs and spaced very close together. They were overgrown, competing for space and growing into the buildings, which was causing maintenance issues for some of the building owners. Maintenance and longevity were the primary reasons for selecting the Ginkgo and Zelkova trees.
Garbage and recycling service should be back to normal, except for the alley between Main and Washington. Pride Disposal is picking up those bins from the US Bank parking lot. If you have concerns about service or need assistance getting containers out, please contact the City Project Manager, Jason Waters.
Construction Activity – Look Ahead Schedule
A one-week look ahead and overall project schedule can be found at right under Resources.
The project completes street and utility improvements along SW Railroad St (SW Main St to SW Pine St) and along SW Washington St (SW Railroad St to SW 1st St). In addition, the project will rehabilitate the public utilities and relocate aboveground franchise utilities in the alleys between SW Main St and SW Pine St before they are resurfaced with asphalt.
Renderings of the proposed street and alleyway improvements and exhibits showing the typical street sections can be downloaded using the Resource links on the right side of this webpage. More detailed construction plans can be found on the Invitation to Bid website.
If you have questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City’s Project Manager, Jason Waters, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-925-2304.