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Setting the stage

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2013


photo by Jon Stinnett Contractor Richard Hamish cordons off a worksite at the intersection of Highway 99 and Main Street Monday.






The early stages of a project that will culminate in the remodel of the Highway 99/Main Street intersection in Cottage Grove continued last week.

On Monday, Roger Hanish of C2 Utilities explained that his crews were busy moving underground lines belonging to telecommunications provider Century Link at the southwest corner of the intersection.

We were in conflict with a city stormwater line, and the lines were very shallow, so we had to lower the lines but keep them high enough so the water line can get through, he said. Its a pretty nasty hole.

Hanish said the project was delayed last week by the discovery that the ductwork surrounding the lines was made of transite, a substance that, when tested, turned out to be 40 percent asbestos. A special crew wearing hazmat suits was called in to remove the asbestos, he said, which added an extra three days to the project.

Hanish said the work is a precursor to the eventual remodel of the intersection.

We have to get our stuff out of the way before they can start, he said of the Oregon Department of Transportation, which should begin its own work at 99 and Main as soon as the weather permits.

The complete renovation plan calls for a reconstruction effort that stretches two blocks north, one block south, one block east and approximately 150 feet west of the 99/Main St. intersection. The roadway will be realigned to align the opposing lanes of traffic on Highway 99, and traffic will be reduced from two to one lane south of the intersection. The realignment means that Highway 99 will run further east than it currently does. Five-foot wide shoulders/bike lanes and eight-food wide sidewalks will be added to the two blocks north of the intersection. City Planner Amanda Ferguson said much of the renovation will have pedestrians and cyclists in mind.

City Engineer Ron Bradsby said city crews will take the opportunity to replace sewer and water lines under the intersection before construction begins. City Manager Richard Meyers previously stated that a delay with ODOT pushed back the start of the bidding process for the project. The window for construction will be April through September of this year, he said. Bradsby said Monday that the low bid was turned in by Pacific Excavation.

For the complete article see the 02-06-2013 issue.

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