Monday, September 01, 2014

The contractor, Tapani, will continue working on 8th St between Duane and Franklin. The first lift of pavement was installed on 8th St from Commercial to the south side of Duane. This area will be open to traffic after the east sidewalk is restored, which is expected to be done this week. Concrete sidewalks and intersection corners will continue to be installed along 8th St between Duane and Exchange. Sewer and storm pipe will be installed between Exchange and Franklin.

On 10th St and 11th St, the storm pipe installation is essentially finished, so work on curbs and intersection corner ramps will continue. Most of 10th St trenches have been paved. The waterline will be replaced on 11th St between Franklin and Grand.

Construction is scheduled to begin on 12th St the week of June 24th.

Work crews will be doing further geologic explorations beginning Monday, June 17th as part of the project to replace the aging Irving Avenue and 19th Street Bridge in Astoria.  A drilling crew and rig will be working on Irving Avenue collecting test borings for approximately three days.  Motorists should expect a one-lane closure during daytime hours where the work is taking place.  Traffic control, including flaggers, will be set up on site to direct traffic.

This work is part of the investigation necessary to develop design and construction plans for a new bridge. The current Irving Avenue Bridge was built in 1946 from steel, which typically has a 50-year lifespan.  The new bridge will be built to handle safe vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle passage.  Conceptual estimates put the cost of the new bridge at approximately $5 million. The Federal Highway Bridge Program, administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation, will fund 90% of the cost to replace the bridge.

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