The State Highway 99W: Newberg and Dundee Bypass, Phase 1 project is located near the Oregon 99W corridor, where the highway passes through Newberg and Dundee in eastern Yamhill County. The project will provide an alternate route for local commuter and freight traffic around the congestion in Dundee and south Newberg, reducing the number of vehicles using Oregon 99W. The HB 2001 project is being accomplished by two separate projects: Newberg-Dundee Improvement Project #1 and OR18: Newberg-Dundee Bypass. The project is expected to construct a two-lane highway from Oregon 219, near Newberg, to Oregon 99W, southwest of Dundee.
The goal is to reduce traffic congestion and improve regional and local transportation along the Oregon 99W corridor in the Newberg and Dundee area.
Oregon 99W serves as the "main street" for both Newberg and Dundee. It also connects the cities to the Portland Metropolitan Area, McMinnville and the Oregon Coast. Because this highway is the most direct route between the Willamette Valley and coastal communities, tourist traffic has steadily increased. Weekday commuters also use the highway to travel between Yamhill County and the Portland Metropolitan Area.
All of these demands combine to create severe congestion; lines of vehicles often stretch for over a mile in both directions. Congestion and travel delays have reached unacceptable levels for those who live, work in or travel through Newberg, Dundee and the surrounding areas. This project will alleviate congestion by adding highway capacity.
Current StatusHamilton Construction and the sub K&E Construction are working on the Phase 1D constructing the west end of the Bypass project. Construction completed to date is the water quality pond, substantial completion of four bridges and the roadway base. Two of the bridges, Fulquartz and 8th, which are attached to local streets, are open to traffic. At this time, construction is focused at both ends of the project, the bridge over 99W and the bridge over Chehalem Creek. The project continues to be on time and on budget.Wildish Construction is working on Phase 1E constructing the east end of the Bypass project. Wildish has completed the construction of a large water quality pond located at the end of their project, next to OR219. Construction of the half-mile long bridge continues; placing of bridge beams and pouring the concrete along with construction of a retaining wall that attaches to the bridge. Construction of the Wynooski Bridge has started and removal of a large sawdust fill has taken place in preparation for construction of the bridge over Hess Creek.
OR18: NEWBERG-DUNDEE BYPASS