By Monicia Warner
Crews are in the third stage of road construction, including work on retaining walls and underground utilities, on Southeast Reed Market Road from Orion Drive to 27th Street.
City of Bend principal engineer David Abbas said Tuesday that the underground work includes utility relocation, storm drainage and sewer work.
Shortly, crews will begin pouring concrete for curbs and repaving the road between Camelot Place and 27th Street, though the road will remain open for local access. This stage began in late January and is scheduled for completion by the end of May, Abbas said. It is part of phase one of a two-phase, $18.3 million redesign and upgrade of the Reed Market corridor spanning Southeast Third Street to 27th Street. A general obligation transportation bond approved by voters in 2011 is funding the project.
Phase two of the project, encompassing Newberry to Third Street, has hit a speed bump. The project was supposed to go to bid in February, but according to Abbas, that date has changed because the city is finalizing agreements with both Central Oregon Irrigation District and BNSF Railway Co. The agreement with the irrigation district involves moving the American Lane Bridge west of its current location to provide more separation from the railroad tracks.
The city is coordinating efforts with BNSF to rebuild the railroad crossing on Reed Market Road for better traffic flow. “This project is a bit different because of some businesses and driveways,” he said. “We’re gonna have to maintain access in there, so we’re doing some detours.”
Abbas said if all goes well, construction on phase two will begin in June and end in September 2015, but he noted, “The timeline is getting tight.” Once agreements are finalized, “Then we’ll get it advertised and get it out the door to bid,” he said.
During that time, the city will hold an outreach meeting to present options for traffic control and detour routes. Another major part of the project is the addition of a roundabout at the intersection of Southeast 15th Street and Reed Market Road. “Currently, that intersection is not upgraded to city standards,” he said. “We’re upgrading it for more safe and efficient transportation in there.” The way the timing is working out, Orion Drive to Third Street should be open by the time work begins on the roundabout, Abbas said. Construction on the roundabout will begin this summer and conclude by winter.
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