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Newberg-Dundee Bypass Revealed

Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 4:46 pm
Hundreds turn out Saturday to get a firsthand look at the route due to open later this year
With the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee bypass slated to open in a matter of months, hundreds gathered over the weekend to get an up-close view of what has been more than two decades in the making.

The event, billed as "Play on the Bypass," began early Saturday morning with a 5K run/walk that traveled a southwestern loop toward Dundee. More than 285 runners and walkers enjoyed the event under cloudy, but dry skies, and the atmosphere was celebratory.

"It was wonderful to see, well organized and … it was just fun to walk it, knowing someday all the cars will be here," said Annie Lee, a Newberg resident.

'Play on the Bypass' set for this Saturday

Saturday 23 September 2017 at 12:29 pm

Officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation have set a firm date for their "Play on the Bypass" event, which will provide Newberg and Dundee residents with a chance to get an up close and personal look at the thoroughfare designed to decrease traffic traversing the two towns.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, ODOT and the two contractors responsible for constructing the first phase of the bypass are welcoming residents to walk, run or bike along the 3.5-mile route that stretches from Highway 219 south of Newberg to the "fish-hook" ramp just west of Dundee on Highway 99W.

"While the project is on schedule to be completed late this year, this casual and fun event provides a chance to see what has been built before the bypass opens to vehicles," a press release from ODOT stated.

Read the full article on the Newberg Graphic website.

Party on the bypass

Monday 18 September 2017 at 12:31 pm

People, leashed dogs, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and rollerskates – but not cars – are being invited onto the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass for a Saturday event the state Department of Transportation is billing as Play on the Bypass.

Designed to serve as an open house of sorts, it’s set to run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will give the public its first up-close work at a project due for completion by year’s end.

Read the full article on Yamhill Valley News Register's website.

Governor says she'll continue to support the bypass effort

Sunday 10 September 2017 at 12:24 pm

As Phase I of the Newberg-Dundee bypass nears completion, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said locals should rest easy that the state is committed to the second phase of the project during a visit to the Newberg area last month.

Although the $22 million allocated for the next phase in the state's recent $5.3 billion transportation package is a fraction of the estimated $260 million it is expected to take to finish Phase 1, Brown said her goal was to fuel projects in progress with community backing that were "needed to spur economic growth in the particular communities."

"I would certainly argue that the Newberg-Dundee bypass did exactly that," Brown said. "In terms of full funding for the entire project, I haven't seen the full numbers, but I think what it says is a commitment to the state to keep this project moving forward and to see it through completion."

Read the full article on the Newberg Graphic website.

ODOT set to install medians at intersections with bypass

Saturday 09 September 2017 at 11:57 am

Some drivers who currently use either East Second Street or Wilsonville Road to get to Highway 219 may find their normal paths stymied in the near future.

New medians are slated to be installed this month at Highway 219 and East Second Street as well as at Wilsonville and Springbrook roads — and anyone accustomed to taking a left onto Highway 219 or Springbrook Road will soon be out of luck — according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

"The median islands will limit movements to right turns only at Second Street and (Highway) 219, and at Wilsonville and Springbrook roads," the release states. "Left turns will not be allowed with construction of the islands."

The new medians are being installed as part of Phase 1 of the Newberg-Dundee bypass project that is slated to open by the end of the year.

Read the full article on The Newber Graphic's website.

Community Invited to "Play on the Bypass" Saturday, September 23rd, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Friday 18 August 2017 at 4:50 pm

Información del evento en español.

Download the September Newsletter (PDF) to read more details about the event — including how to get there.

A celebration planned September 23 for new roadway

NEWBERG-Adults, children, friends and family are invited to come out and walk, run or bike on the nearly completed Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 roadway on September 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the project is on schedule to be completed late this year, this casual and fun event provides a chance to see what has been built before the Bypass opens to vehicles.

We encourage you to drop by the event on September 23 and take some time to walk or bike the road. Children’s activities will be set up on the Bypass and Oregon Department of Transportation experts will be on hand to answer questions about the project. There will be restrooms at the event site. Feel free to bring snacks and water. There will also be food available for purchase from local vendors Omar’s Mediterranean Grill and Ricky’s Tacos. 

Click through to read more about the event.

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Walk on the bypass without getting run over

Thursday 10 August 2017 at 12:33 pm

Newberg and Dundee residents curious about the progress of the Newberg-Dundee bypass will soon get an opportunity to view the thoroughfare up close without taking their lives into their hands.

Lou Torres, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, confirmed last week that the department, in conjunction with the Yamhill County Parkway Committee, will hold an "informal" event in September, a few months before the first phase of the bypass is scheduled to be christened with a ceremony in December.

"A lot of the details need to be worked out," Torres said. "The (committee) asked ODOT to be at its last meeting to discuss the ribbon cutting. When we mentioned the informal event, it was the first time we discussed it in public."

Torres said the event is tentatively scheduled to occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 23 and be called "Picnic on the Bypass."

Read the full article on the Newberg Graphic's website.

ODOT and Parkway Committee planning bypass viewing party

Thursday 27 July 2017 at 12:37 pm

Members of the state Department of Transportation and the Yamhill County Parkway Committee are planning a festival a few months before the scheduled completion date to give people a chance to see an up close view of the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

They formulated tentative plans Thursday, deciding late September would be a suitable time, with the weather likely to still be dry and enough of the work completed to let people walk and bike selected stretches.

Senior Project Leader Kelly Amador, Public Information Officer Lou Torres and Kristen Kibler of JLA  Public Involvement for the Newberg-Dundee Bypass told the committee ODOT also plans to host a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony in December or January, when the bypass is opened for use. However, they said it seemed a good idea to also let interested members of the public get a look in advance.

Read the full article on the Yamhill Valley News Register's website.