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Oregon City Council this month approved ordinances to remove and relocate overhead electric and cable wires to improve aesthetics as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project.

Council passed a purchase order and work agreements with Toledo Edison to relocate and remove lines for $195,751. Council also approved a purchase order and a work agreement with Buckeye Broadband to relocate aerial cable equipment and underground lines for $87,524.62.

The section of Navarre that will be affected is from I-280 to Isaac Streets Drive.

“It was brought up at meetings that the overhead wires – the crossovers - would be something of an eyesore,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “This is one step to accomplish getting some of the crossovers out. We initially thought it would cost more money than this. In the end, it was well within the budgeted range of money we believed we had left. It worked out real well.”

Parallel wires
City Administrator Mike Beazley said he would eventually like to do something about wires that run parallel to the road.

“We’re going to look at ways of going there. But by [eliminating] the lines that cross the road, that is such a great start. We’re going to look at that longer term and see what we can do. When I talked to some of the businesses over there, they were very pleased about it,” he said.

“If you look at the scope of work,” said Roman, “a lot of it is really labor and new wiring. The city would still be required to install conduit to put the lines underground. That would be a separate contract. We’re guessing the cost can be anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000. When you add it up, it is expensive. But I think it’s going to look a lot more attractive to people traveling on Navarre.”

The project includes the construction of a dedicated public access road from Navarre to the middle of the property to alleviate traffic congestion.

The road will improve access to businesses near the intersection at Navarre Avenue, such as Tim Horton’s, Arby’s, and in the Freeway Plaza where several shops are located.

The project also includes the construction of a median along Navarre between Munding Drive and Isaac Streets Drive, and median openings to accommodate turnarounds and emergency access.

Seven turnarounds are expected to be constructed from I-280 to Isaac Streets Drive.

That section of Navarre is considered a hazard for vehicles heading east. Seferian once called it “the worst spot in the city,” where there is a high rate of injury accidents.

Color changing lights
Bollards with LED color changing capabilities are among the enhancements included in the project at a cost of $135,000.

Roman said council earmarked $1 million for project enhancements and aesthetics.

“We will have decorative poles and LED street lighting. We’re well within budget for the aesthetics,” he said.

“Each light can change a different color. You can program it,” he added. “You can get an internet hookup to the master control at Navarre and Wheeling. I think people will be impressed with it.”

Councilwoman Sandy Bihn praised Roman, Beazley and Seferian for adding such aesthetics to the project.

“I just want to congratulate everyone. This is a project that has been near and dear to my heart for decades now.” I’d like to get a cost estimate for next year’s budget to go onto Coy and really clean up the industrial look that we have on our main street. I think it will help to attract commercial businesses here. It gives a sense of community pride. It’s a great project. I look forward to this happening.”

Bihn also said she hopes the city will add Christmas light decorations along the road this year.

“I just don’t want another year where we don’t have anything down Navarre Avenue,” she said.

Beazley said the Christmas lights will likely be added once the project is completed.

Oregon recently approved the last property acquisitions as part of the $2.1 million safety improvement project. Construction is expected to begin next month and will take about 15 months to complete.

Underground improvements, such as waterline replacement and other drainage work, will be completed before main construction gets underway.

The major construction on Navarre will occur next year. There will be lane restrictions that will inconvenience some traffic, though there will be round the clock access to private driveways.

The Navarre Avenue Safety project is the result of recommendations from a safety study conducted for Navarre Avenue. Ninety percent of the project will be funded by a state grant, with the remainder coming from the City Street Improvement fund.

 

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