By NR Staff • 

ODOT awards first big bypass contact

LaDuke will be paid $8 million to construct approaches for about a dozen bridges along the four-mile route, which stretches from a point on Highway 219 just southeast of Newberg to a point on Highway 99W just south of Dundee. The company plans to start on the approach work this summer.

The bypass will be a controlled-access expressway featuring a single travel lane in each direction. According to Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews, it promises to cut congestion on Highway 99W, move traffic more quickly and safely, improve local livability and, as a byproduct, generate some welcome construction jobs.

The state plans to award three more major contracts on the $262 million first phase. It is expected to award the next one, for tree and brush removal, in the fall.

The major construction contracts will be put out for bid next year. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Local people have been discussing a Newberg-Dundee Bypass for decades. Now, the talk is turning to action.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held late last summer. Full phase one funding was secured early this year.

This will be the first new piece of highway built in Western Oregon since completion of Interstate 205 in the early 1980s.

ODOT plans to conduct a pair of open houses to share the latest design information. They are set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Dundee Community Center, 1026 Highway 99W in Dundee, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Chehalem Youth Center, 620 N. Morton St. in Newberg.

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