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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Tuesday 09 January 2018 at 6:15 pm

Happy New Year!! Things have been busy since the start of the 2018, with lots of progress on the bridge and the beginning of the development of the "Crosstown Connections" trail, along with curb, gutter, and sidewalk work. Demolition of the old bridge is underway this week, and the calendar is full of bridge work in the next couple of weeks as some big pours go in. If you've been to the Feed Store lately down on Front St., you've likely noticed the incredible progress at Sue H. Elmore Park, and maybe noted the new sidewalk and driveway from Front St. into Burden's.

Along First near Pacific, the curbing in front of the Pioneer Museum is coming together nicely, and the intricate radial pattern that is designed for that space should be coming soon. On the Post Office side, the brick wall is being finished this week, and the next couple of weeks includes the electrical work, concrete and track for the new gate that will be installed into the rear parking area.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 12:10 pm

There has not been a lot of news lately to report- which is truly a sign of fairly smooth sailing. The heating oil tanks that were discovered along Main have been sampled and by the end of today they should both be completely drained out. Samples have been taken from the surrounding soil, and as soon as the results from those samples come back, contractors are prepared to move on with the next steps to get those areas filled and move forward toward sidewalk replacement.

You may notice a decrease in activity toward the end of this week through the new year. There is some year-end safety training scheduled for some of the contractors, along with the holiday juggle. Excavation and grading work will likely be ongoing, as well as some concrete work (assuming the weather is amenable). Bridge work will wrap up tomorrow (Wednesday) and resume again on January 2nd.

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Oil tank discovery hiccup for highway project

Wednesday 06 December 2017 at 10:55 am

The discovery of an oil tank containing liquid has slowed progression on the Highway 101/6 Project in downtown Tillamook.

“We sample the contents of the tank to determine the type of material in the tank,” Lou Torres, regional ODOT Public Affairs Specialist, said. “If it is heating oil, we follow procedures as established by Oregon DEQ. If it is not heating oil, then there is a more rigorous procedure to follow.”

The oil tank is located on Main Avenue just north of Fourth Street.

“The tank sits approximately 14 feet underground and still holds a small amount of oil,”

Sierra Lauder, Director of Events and Downtown Promotions for Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce, wrote in last week’s Highway 101/6 Project update, “An environmental specialist has come out to draw a sample, and once results from that sample are in, the tank will be vacuumed out to allow for an inspection of the tank itself. That inspection will inform the next steps of how to address the issue."

While the tank and its contents are inspected, Torres said it is unlikely the tank will be removed.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Wednesday 06 December 2017 at 10:46 am

The big news this week is the disruption of the smooth sailing we’ve been predicting on the block of Main between Third and Fourth. South of the entrance to Diamond Art Jewelry a large underground oil tank was discovered. The tank sits approximately fourteen feet underground, and still holds a small amount of oil. An environmental specialist has come out to draw a sample, and once results from that sample are in, the tank will be vacuumed out to allow for an inspection of the tank itself. That inspection will inform the next steps of how to address the issue. This is a great time to cross your fingers and hope for the best.

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Tillamook and Florence Invest in Curb Appeal

Monday 04 December 2017 at 2:52 pm

If you’ve visited Tillamook lately, you’ve likely noticed a lot of construction vehicles and heavy equipment. The Oregon Department of Transportation is two years into a three-year project aimed at improving traffic flow, expanding bike and pedestrian paths, and creating public gathering spaces.

Known as the U.S. Highway 101/Oregon Highway 6 Traffic Safety Improvement Project, the $38.2 million revitalization includes a new multi-modal bridge across Hoquarton Slough, improvements to Hoquarton Park, a new trail from Hoquarton Park to Goodspeed Park, and a new public plaza at 2nd Street and Pacific Avenue.

Read full story on the Visit the Oregon Coast website.

Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 6:49 pm

Main Street View

Work to the south of the Diamond Art entrance continues this week. Where just a week ago sidewalk removal was beginning, now the bioswale is beginning to take shape, with the infrastructure for the storm water coming this week, and concrete forms coming in next week (weather dependent, of course).

Things continue to progress quickly, despite a turn toward the wetter weather. This week on Main St., the bioswale area in front of Sunflower Flats with the beehive structure has been established and concrete crews have been hard at work putting together forms to start the curb and gutter work there. Further south, from Diamond Art Jewelers to the corner of 4th, excavation has continued, and the underground pipe work for the bioswale and the beehives is underway. The goal on Main is to push through until Thanksgiving, and then return from the holiday ready to dive in to the two vaults in front of Tangled Yarns and Pacific Restaurant. In order to start that work, pedestrian access to Tangled Yarns, Everything Pets, and Annie's Country Sportswear, will be swapped so that the approach is from Third St, and the Sunflower Flats corner.

The excavation crew and the concrete team are involved in an elaborate dance across the entire downtown construction zone. In addition to taking turns on those corners along Main, they are continuing to try and wrap up the sidewalks north of the new bridge, get the grading complete in front of the museum, and begin the foundational work in front of America's Mattress for the next step of rebuilding the road there.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Wednesday 08 November 2017 at 11:15 am

Main Street View

Diamond Art Jewelers shared this photo from their front step this morning. The sidewalk demolition is complete, and the new bioswale has been excavated. Forms for the bioswale and the new sidewalk will be coming in soon.

The cold but dry weather has been very helpful for all of the excavation work that has been happening throughout the project this past week. In front of the Pioneer Museum, grading and leveling the base layer in anticipation of the future radial concrete has been progressing steadily. Next week we may see the formation of curbs and gutters in that area, (all things dependent on weather, of course) which will be an exciting visual.

 Along Main, the sidewalk demolition in front of Sunflower Flats has been completed, and the end of this week will see the final installation of the liner and aggregate that will sit below the sidewalk. The vault just north of that, between Everything Pets and Annie’s Country Sportswear, will wait for lining and fill until after that stretch of sidewalk is removed. Based on engineering, inspections, and timing, the demolition of the sidewalk on the south half of the block between Third and Fourth has been the next step for the excavation crew, and they have made quick work of the sidewalk removal there. Passing by, it is easy to see where the future bioswale will be located. The lack of vaults there has made that stretch fairly straightforward, and it looks like forms for the sidewalk could start to go in late this week.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 8:48 pm

Highway 101/6 Project Update

Happy Halloween! As I type, chaos is unfolding in front of the Chamber office in the form of Downtown Trick-or-Treating. The construction crews have definitely taken this event in to consideration, and heavy equipment and active work has been moved to accommodate the crowds. Police Chief Terry Wright has mustered his flagging squad to assist families back and forth across the streets, as safety in the midst of this project is a top priority.

A quick update on the overview of the project:

The manhole work that took place late last week in the middle of the intersection of First and Main was smooth and successful, which minimized the length of time the intersection had to be flagged. The dry weather has meant excavation work has been able to move along quickly, and the vault work on Main and the sidewalk and expanded landing in front the Pioneer Museum on the corner of First and Pacific have been progressing nicely. The rest of this week will include the final removal of old materials from the vaults in front of Sunflower Flats, Everything Pets and Tangled Yarns, as well as the placement of the last layers of fill and the waterproof membrane that will be installed below the sidewalk. That work will set the stage for a big next step: the beginning of demolition of the stretch of Main in front of Diamond Art Jewelers down to the corner of Fourth and Main near Wells Fargo. The block will be torn up in two sections, with that southern section coming out first. All involved are optimistic that the stretch there will go quickly, as there are no underground vaults to address. That corner will feature a bioswale, as will the corner in front of Sunflower Flats. The plan is to begin the layout of both bioswales in the next few weeks in tandem with each other.

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