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Laurel Street Pathway - Hallinan to Cornell

Project Background/Summary

In 2008 the City performed an alternative analysis to determine the feasibility of a pathway on Laurel St. Based on the results of that analysis the Laurel St Pathway project, which is currently in design, consists of a 6 ft wide sidewalk between Hallinan and Cornell. This project also includes road widening and a retaining wall on the narrow portion of Laurel Street, stormwater infrastructure improvements and will incorporate some existing sidewalks.



November 1, 2016

There have been some new developments in the Laurel Pathway project that we want to make you aware of.  The project was substantially completed in mid-July and since that time the City tried to get the contractor to finish the few remaining items which included work deemed deficient.  The most glaring deficiency was a severely cracked sidewalk in the Narrows.  It became apparent after several months that the contractor was not going to complete this work.  The City, following contractual procedure, gave the contractor a reasonable time frame in which to finish the work or face termination.  By their in-action the contractor chose termination.  This is not a decision that the City made lightly.

In order to complete the remaining work the City solicited bids from three other contractors.  The bidding period ended recently.  The City is pleased with the results and intends to award to Emery and Sons Construction Group.  This is the same firm that successfully completed the large diameter water main to Tigard earlier this year.  Over the next couple weeks we will finalize contracts with the new contractor and give them a notice to proceed.  At that point they will have 30 days to complete the remaining work.  Weather can be tricky this time of year, but we are confident this can be completed by the end of November.

We recognize the inconvenience the neighborhood has put up with throughout construction as well as the recent developments in the Narrows. The City and its new contractor will work diligently to complete the work as quickly as possible so that neighborhood residents can utilize the sidewalk they were promised.


September 28, 2016

  • Approximately 100 feet of sidewalk within the narrows has developed unacceptable cracking.
  • Beginning Monday, September 26th, the Contractor will demolish, excavate and replace the defective sidewalk panels.
  • Weather permitting this work should take approximately ten days to complete.
  • The road will remain open with flaggers moving traffic and pedestrians through the work zone.


June 22, 2016

In the coming weeks the contractor will finish the sidewalks and retaining walls between Pearcy and Cornell.  Laurel Street will then be paved from Erickson to Cornell.  Expect road closures through the end of June.

May 3, 2016



  • The paving in the Narrows is complete and is open to traffic! Expect ancillary work to continue in the Narrows, however the road will remain open to traffic.
  • The next phase of the stormmwater infrastructure construction will continue on Laurel Street, from Pearcy to Cornell.  Laurel St., from Bickner St. to Cornell St., will be closed to all vehicular traffic starting May 9th through the month of May. Watch for advanced closure and detour signage.
  • Residents within the closure will have access to their driveways throughout construction.

April 22, 2016


  • The Contractor intends to pave the Laurel Narrows on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26th and 27th. The road will be closed to all traffic between Hallinan and Dyer. Detour signage is in place. Residents can expect noise, dust and heavy construction traffic. The work is expected to take two days to complete.

Paving is dependent on dry conditions. Updates will be posted should the paving dates change. 



February 24, 2016


  • Laurel Street will be closed between Hallinan and Dyer beginning February 29th. The closure is anticipated to last 5 days, however this may be extended due to weather conditions. The closure is necessary to complete the grading and paving of the north side of the Laurel narrows.  Once paved the road will be opened to all traffic.  Sidewalk and stormwater work will continue on the south side of the narrows.


February 10, 2016

Upcoming Work:

  • The Contractor will be placing the concrete finish on the face of the wall.
    This will protect the wall's structural components from decay.- Completed February 11th.
  • Installation of guard rails on the wall and approaches.
  • Paving of the north side of the Laurel narrows.
  • Shift traffic to the north side of the narrows to construct the sidewalk on the south side.
  • Continuation of sidewalk work between Bickner and Pearcy.

Some of this work will require intermittent closures of Laurel Street within the narrows. These closures will last one to two days. Signs will be posted one week prior to the closure. Please note that paving of the roadway is weather dependent  and the road closure dates may shift.  Thank you for your patience.



January 15, 2016

Upcoming Work:

  • The concrete cap for the soldier pile retaining wall in the Laurel "Narrows" is scheduled to be poured Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
  • The road will be open, however, expect delays throughout the day due to high volume of concrete trucks.
  • In order to maintain consistent temperature of the concrete during the curing process a heating system will be employed.  This will be run by a low powered diesel generator running 24-hours a day for five days. This process is essential and cannot be interrupted. We apologize for the inconvenience and for the noise.
  • Stormwater infrastructure construction will resume on Bickner Street in the coming weeks. Expect delays and intermittent closures on Oak Street. Watch for advanced signage indicating the date of closure.



December 11, 2015

  • Laurel Street Narrows (between Hallinan and Dyer) open to through traffic.
  • Paving operations between Erickson and Bickner are on hold due to inclement weather. This roadway segment remains closed until further notice.
  • The next phase of the stormmwater infrastructure construction will start at Oak and Bickner.  Expect intermittent road closures on Oak Street. Watch for advanced closure and detour signage.


November 30, 2015


  • Due to low temperatures, paving has been canceled for today. Paving will resume once weather conditions permit.

November 9, 2015


  • Due to the continuation of the unforeseen utility conflicts and the unpredictable nature of fall weather, the closure of Laurel St. between Dyer and Hallinan has been extended through November 30, 2015.
  • Upon completion of the utility work, the Contractor intends to pave at the first available date, weather permitting
  • Once paved, the original road will be open to all traffic while the Contractor completes work on the new half.


October 29, 2015


  • Due to unforeseen utility conflicts the road closure has been extended to November 9, 2015.


September 24, 2015

  • Tree and foliage removal has been completed in the Narrows.
  • Drilling for the soldier pile wall was scheduled to begin this week, however a mechanical malfunction has caused a minor delay.  This unforeseen circumstance may delay the opening of Laurel Street.
  • Work should commence early next week.

August 25, 2015


  • Laurel Street will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians from Hallinan to Dyer (the narrows).
  • Detour signs are in place. Avoid the area if possible.


August 4, 2015

Preliminary Work

  • Private franchise utility companies are currently moving their infrastructure throughout the Laurel corridor to accommodate stormwater facilities associated with this project. Their work is anticipated to be completed by mid August.

Road Closure in the Narrows

  • PCR, Inc., the City's contractor, is scheduled to begin construction on the pathway in late August with work  commencing between Dyer and Hallinan (the narrows). This portion of Laurel will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians from September through November.  Check back for updates.

July 9, 2015

On July 7, 2015 City Council awarded the construction contract for the Laurel Street Pathway - WO 191 to PCR, Inc.

  • Construction is estimated to begin mid-August with completion in May, 2016.
  • Once construction begins, Laurel Street, between Dyer and Hallinan will be closed to all traffic until mid-November, subject to change due to weather or unforseen site conditions.

Open House

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Lake Oswego City Hall, Council Chambers
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Review of 60% project design for the Laurel Street Pathway - Hallinan to Cornell. The public is invited to review and discuss the project with City Staff and the Design Team.

City of Lake Oswego Oregon Official Website


WO 191


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Contact Us

David Kudna, Project Manager

Office - 503-534-5299
Cell - 503-319-1882

Construction Hot Line - 503-635-0261