Road Construction Update
Road Closure for Turner Ave between Main and SE 1st Street to remove the existing drainage structure and reconstruct a new concrete box structure under Turner Ave. The road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, April 11th. It is anticipated that this section of the road will be closed for five weeks to complete the new structure, weather permitting.
4th Street Underpass Project
$27.9 million in General Obligations bonds were approved in June of 2018 for the 4th Street Railroad Underpass project. There are multiple phases to this project and there is no deadline for the project completion. The 90% engineering plans have been submitted to ODOT and BNSF Railroad for their review. The City is currently in the property acquisition phase which originally started in 2020 with appraising the properties impacted by the project. 75% of the properties needed for construction of the project have been obtained. Turner Ave widening and reconstruction is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2022. This project must take place in order to provide for adequate detour options once 4th Street closes for the underpass construction. The construction of Turner Ave will consist of a new concrete street section with bike lanes in each direction and sidewalks on each side of the street. This project also includes drainage improvements as part of the roadway construction as well as new water and sewer improvements which have already been completed. Anticipated completion of Turner is late Summer/early Fall of 2022. Once construction of the underpass does begin, it’s anticipated the project will take around 2 years to complete.
It’s important to remember that we are only issuing the bonds as they are needed. To date, $8.2 million of the total $27.9 million has been issued for engineering costs, property acquisition and reconstruction of Turner Ave. The City has approved an agreement (Resolution No. 988(21)) with ODOT and BNSF where ODOT will provide up to $10M in funding for this project. This agreement makes it much less likely that we will issue the full amount of $27.9 million for this project. However, how much less we cannot say at this time. All unissued bonds would therefore not show up on the property tax rolls.