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Paving set to begin on 99W

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Robert Lee

Beginning next week, motorists driving through Newberg during night hours should be prepared for delays of up to 20 minutes.

A state Department of Transportation contractor plans to begin work at 6 p.m. Sunday on the repaving of five miles of Highway 99W between the Highway 240 junction and the Highway 18 junction at McDougal Corner. The target date for completion is Oct. 31.

In preparation, Newberg had a rail crossing rebuilt just west of the Highway 240 interchange and is in the process of replacing sidewalks and handicapped access ramps along the route. The sidewalk and ramp work is now nearing completion.

Dundee is planning more extensive work, to include sidewalk, ramp, storm drain and landscaping improvements. It does not expect to get the work done in time for the paving contractor to follow behind this construction season. So the Dundee stretch won't get fresh asphalt until next summer.

The repaving is part of a larger preservation project that includes replacement of signage and guardrails, and other safety improvements. To minimize traffic disruption, the work will be conducted primarily between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Travel will be restricted to a single lane through the active work zone. Flaggers and pilot cars will control the flow.

Driveway accesses will remain open as long as crews aren't working directly in front of them.

For more information, visit ODOT's project web page at

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