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Kerr Parkway Rehabilitation Project

Project Background/Summary

This major project will include improving storm drainage, installing new sidewalks, and rebuilding the roadway, from the Lake Oswego/Portland city limits to Boones Ferry Rd. Construction on this project will begin mid to late June and continue to October 2014. During construction, detours will be set up while sections of Kerr Parkway are closed to traffic. Both the City and the contractors hope to minimize the traffic impacts but due to the nature of this project there will be significant traffic impacts. Determining alternate routes now will help your later. The detour map can be found under "Other Materials" on this page.

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  • For more information about this project, please contact Crystal M. Shum, PE, Associate Engineer at email.
  • If you would like to leave a message regarding construction projects in your neighborhood, please call the Construction Hotline at 503.635.0261 and we will return your call.

Special Note*:

Area V Closure - During the Kerr Parkway "Area V  " closure between Touchstone and McNary Parkway (south intersection), the Tanglewood Hills condos (Tanglewood 1) will have access to their homes via Tanglewood Drive to Cirque to McNary Parkway.

Area VI Closure - During the Kerr Parkway "Area VI" closure between McNary Parkway (south intersection) and Boones Ferry Road, residents of Mountain Circle, Adams Ct, St. Helens Circle, and the Grotto will have access to their homes via McNary Parkway (south intersection) via a local only traffic closure.

* for areas, see detour map below.

REMINDER

Kerr Parkway is a construction zone.
Please refrain from walking, biking, and driving on the closed sections even when active construction is not occurring. This area is not safe.

Updates

July 18, 2014

  • Kerr Parkway will remain closed between Jefferson Parkway and McNary Parkway (North Intersection) through August 2, 2014. 
     
  • On August 4, 2014 the contractor plans to close Kerr Parkway from McNary Parkway (North Intersection) to Hidalgo.
     
  • Northwest Natural and their contracted crews will be working on Kerr Parkway.  Traffic control will be maintained using flaggers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is the section of Kerr Parkway from McNary Parkway (north intersection) to Jefferson Parkway still closed?

When work began in this area, a couple of issues popped up:

  1. Northwest Natural came in to install a gas line that they had planned to install at some point in the future to connect to current services.  Since we were going to improve the roadway, they felt like now is the time to do that work and the City agreed so they wouldn’t cut through the new roadway in the future to install the pipe.  This work extended the closure length because the gas company had to be finished before the other work could really begin.
     
  2. When work began on the new retaining wall, it was discovered that the water main would be in the way of excavation.  The City’s water crew, engineers, and contractor worked together to quickly engineer a solution which included installing a new upsized water which will improve water delivery to this area.
  • Can a temporary crosswalk be installed at Hidalgo so people can cross McNary Parkway?

The Engineering Department has decided that a temporary crosswalk cannot be installed at the Hidalgo and McNary Parkway intersection because there is not enough sight distance for pedestrians to cross safely at this point.Instead we encourage all pedestrians to walk to the Kerr Parkway and McNary Parkway intersection where there is a signal light, pedestrian crossing signals, and a marked crosswalk.

  • Vehicles using the detour on McNary Parkway appear to be speeding making it unsafe for all.

McNary Parkway is signed as a 30 MPH roadway.This speed is faster than the typical 25 MPH you will find on local/residential roadways.The Police Department is aware that people may be speeding through this area.

  • Why is traffic being detoured through the neighborhood?

Because of the nature of the work, the Contractor needs access to the entire roadway versus just one lane at a time.Thus, it is safer for both the traveling public and the construction workers to close the entire road.Unfortunately that means diverting vehicles off Kerr Parkway and onto the neighboring streets.

July 11, 2014

  • Kerr Parkway will remain closed between Jefferson Parkway and McNary Parkway (North Intersection), at least through next week.  This section has taken longer than anticipated due to some required design changes.
  • This week the contractor did work on a water main that will be relocated and began building the retaining wall. 
     
  • Next week the contractor is scheduled to install new curbs, sidewalk ramps, and the new waterline.

July 2, 2014

REMINDER

Kerr Parkway is a construction zone.
Please refrain from walking, biking,  and driving on the closed sections even when active 
construction is not occurring.  This area is not safe. 

  • Kerr Parkway will remain closed between Jefferson Parkway and McNary Parkway (North Intersection) for at least the next week due to unforeseen issues on the project. 
     
  • Unexpected work on a water main will begin next week.  On Tuesday, July 8th  between 9:00 AM  and 3:00 PM water will be shut off to the residents of the Mountain Side Terrace Condos.  All those residents have been notified via a door hanger.
     
  • Northwest Natural will continue their relocation efforts in the area between Boones Ferry Road and McNary Pkwy (South Intersection).  Unfortunately their work has had its own challenges and is taking longer than expected.  Flaggers will be controlling traffic in this area.  One lane of traffic will be maintained between the hours of 9:00 AM  and 3:00 PM .
     
  • The contractor has now indicated that they plan to work in “Area II” once work on the currently closed section is complete.  Area II is Kerr Parkway from Hidalgo to McNary Parkway (North Intersection).  This closure will not occur until the currently closed section is reopened.  Detour signage will be in place when this closure occurs.
     
  • When approaching the steel plates in the road, slow your vehicle down and drive directly over them.

June 24, 2014

  • Kerr Parkway was closed today between McNary Parkway (North intersection) to Jefferson Parkway.  Detours are in place.  This closure will be in place for approximately 2 weeks.
     
  • Tri-met busses have been rerouted through the detour and a few temporary stops have been installed.  See service alerts at trimet.org for more information.
     
  • Northwest Natural continues to do work on their facilities within Kerr Parkway between Boones Ferry Road and McNary Parkway.  Flaggers will be controlling traffic in this area.  One lane of traffic will be maintained between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM. 
     
  • Kerr Parkway will be a construction zone for the next couple of months (into October).  When traveling in the area please use caution and heed all traffic controls.

June 16, 2014

  • Starting on June 16, 2014, the utility companies will be out on Kerr Parkway working on relocating their facilities.  During this work, traffic control using flaggers will be set up so traffic will be able to move through the area. 
     
  • On June 23, 2014, Kerr Contactors will begin the area closures of Kerr Parkway beginning with “Area III” between McNary Parkway (north intersection) and Jefferson Parkway.  Detours route signage will be set up to move traffic around the section closures.  This section will be closed for approximately 2 weeks.
     
  • Once the work in the Area III is complete, Kerr Contractors will open it up and then close Area VI between McNary Parkway (south intersection) and Boones Ferry Road.  This closure is expected to last 4 weeks. 
     
  • The “Areas” referred to above are shown on the Kerr Detour Map which can be found on this website under “Other Materials”.
     
  • These closures will significantly impact traffic so please plan ahead by finding an alternate route and allowing extra time.

 

Notices/Announcements

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ID

WO 174

Type

Capital Improvement Projects

Owner/Applicant

City of Lake Oswego

Contact Us

Crystal M. Shum, PE, Associate Engineer (503) 635-0270

Construction Hotline (503) 635-0261

Status

Active