By Don Iler • News Editor • 

Highway 99W up for an overhaul

The $4.2 million project will start at the intersection of 99W and Main Street in Newberg and work its way south to the intersection of  99W with Highway 18 at McDougall Corner. However, it will skip the strip running thrugh Dundee until next year.

ODOT plans to replace the pavement, upgrade the guard rails and replace the signs on the heavily used highway, which has come to the end of its design life. It also plans to upgrade wheelchair ramps in Newberg to meet current standards.

Crews are scheduled to limit their work to 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, to minimize disruption of commuter and summer vacation travel. Motorists traveling the stretch during weeknight work hours can expect 20-minute delays.

ODOT will have to close one travel lane to repair the railroad crossing at First Street in Newberg. Flaggers will control traffic alternating use of the remaining lane.

While ODOT plans to do some spot paving in Dundee this summer, it is putting off replacement of the road surface until the summer of 2015, because the city is in the process of installing new sidewalks and replacing water lines, wheelchair ramps and street lights.

A mix of state and federal funds is being applied to the project. ODOT also has work underway on the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, but the two projects are being pursued independently of each other. 

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