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The Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 project is finished. So what’s next?

Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 2:41 pm

While everyone is still celebrating the completion and opening of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 project, ODOT is already moving ahead with Phase 2.

Before Phase 1 was completed, ODOT was able to use $10.5 million in cost savings from the project to begin making preemptive right of way purchases on Phase 2.  In addition, the Oregon Legislature allocated $22 million in last year’s transportation package for ODOT to begin the design of Phase 2.

There is no timeline for when Phase 2 would be built, since no funding has yet been identified for construction.   The design work should begin soon, but the earlier environmental studies provide the preliminary alignment and location of the roadway, culverts, bridges and other related structures.

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Bypass Opened January 6, 2018

Saturday 06 January 2018 at 4:40 pm

The long-awaited Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 has been completed and opens to travelers on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

The $252 million project was completed in just over four years on schedule and on budget.  The project consists of almost 4 miles of new 2-lane roadway connecting OR 99W just west of Dundee to OR 219 south of Newberg. Springbrook Road was reconstructed to connect the Bypass with OR 99W east of downtown Newberg.

Travelers enter the Bypass at two new signalized intersections at OR 99W west of Dundee and at OR 219 south of Newberg.  Also, the intersections of OR 219 and Springbrook Road and OR 99W and Springbrook Road were rebuilt with new signals that will help control the increased traffic using Springbrook Road.

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Bypass to open at 5 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 12:17 pm

At the December ribboncutting event, Governor Brown and ODOT Director Matt Garrett announced that the bypass will open to vehicles 5 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The road is complete and the contractor is finishing the final screen installations, painting, and clean up. ODOT is preparing for the new signals to be turned on early on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Click here to see a video of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

State officials preview Newberg-Dundee Bypass

Monday 18 December 2017 at 12:22 pm

In about a month, drivers will have a new way to bypass Highway 99-W in Oregon’s upper Willamette Valley.

Governor Kate Brown joined local transportation officials to celebrate phase one of highway construction on the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

The $252 million project will connect Hwy 99-W just west of Dundee to Oregon Route 219 south of Newberg.

It's supposed to reduce congestion and truck traffic on 99w through those towns.

“It's so critical that we invest in our transportation and infrastructure. It's key to keeping our economy growing and thriving,” Gov. Brown said Monday.

The highway, called Route 18, will have a 55 mph speed limit.

It's scheduled to open in early January.

See the full story on KATU's website.

Newberg-Dundee bypass cuts ribbon Monday, won't open until January

Saturday 16 December 2017 at 12:27 pm

The Newberg-Dundee bypass ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and has been a long time coming. Gov. Kate Brown will be the keynote speaker.

But that doesn't mean the thoroughfare will open just yet.

"We can't open the road until the end of December or beginning of January," said Lou Torres, public information officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. "Our contractor has until the end of December to finish the project. There could be four more days added to the contract, because of the eclipse period. We asked the contractors not to work on the roads during that time, because of the anticipated congestion. We are more or less on time."

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Newberg-Dundee Bypass ribbon cutting set December 18; road to open at a later date

Thursday 14 December 2017 at 12:38 pm

Governor Brown to be keynote speaker at ribbon cutting

Please note time change to 2:30 pm.

The official ribbon cutting of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 project is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18, it was announced by the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Governor Kate Brown and other federal, state and local dignitaries will be held at a location on the Bypass just east of Chehalem Creek in between Newberg and Dundee.

ODOT will officially open the Bypass to all travelers at a later date as the contractor nears the end of construction.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is being sponsored by ODOT and the Yamhill County Parkway Committee and is open to the general public. Parking for the event will be on the Bypass. Access to the event will be at OR 219 and the Bypass (OR 18) where signage and flaggers will direct (OR 219) southbound and northbound traffic on the Bypass. A shuttle will be available to help those visitors with disabilities.

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Concerned citizens flock to council meeting to protest intersections

Thursday 14 December 2017 at 12:33 pm

A crowd of Newberg citizens approached the Newberg City Council on Dec. 4 to voice their concerns about the Highway 219 intersections with Everest Road and East Second Street, saying they were concerned about safety, traffic delays and pedestrian safety.

Preparations for the opening of the Newberg-Dundee bypass, including eliminating left turns from Highway 219 onto East Second Street, are probably exacerbating the problem, at least for now.

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

Bypass prepares to open in December

Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 4:34 pm

The Newberg-Dundee bypass is on its home stretch of construction work before opening in mid- to late-December.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the first phase of the thoroughfare, painting the road striping as well as completing the artistic designs on some of the bridges. They are installing the last signage and completing guardrail work in some spots. The two new signalized intersections are all but ready to be activated and ODOT will be installing TripCheck cameras to show road conditions online.

"It's mainly just getting things to the point where we're ready to open it for traffic," said Lou Torres, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 18, at a yet-to-be-determined location. Gov. Kate Brown and ODOT Director Matt Garrett will speak at the event.

Read full article at Newberg Graphic