Increased traffic congestion and delays are likely in Oregon next week as the result of the rehabilitation of a sanitary sewer on Wheeling Street as part of the Oregon Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Phase 2.
From Sunday, April 21 at 8 a.m. through Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m., the city will close the center westbound through lane of Navarre Avenue at the intersection of Wheeling Street and Navarre Avenue, Oregon Public Service Director Paul Roman said at a council meeting on Monday.
Right turns from southbound Wheeling Street onto westbound Navarre Avenue and left turns from eastbound Navarre Avenue onto northbound Wheeling Street will also be prohibited. As a result, motorists will see more congestion and possible delays, especially during peak hours, at the intersection.
“In order to align the last sewer section on Wheeling Street, it will be necessary to restrict traffic to one lane westbound on Navarre at Wheeling Street. It will be very congested, especially during the four weekdays they will be providing that work,” said Roman.
“This is all subject to weather. If we do get a lot of wet weather at the end of this week, it may be postponed one week. We’ll provide notices otherwise,” he said.
All westbound truck traffic to I-280 north can take a detour to Wheeling Street to Munding Drive to Navarre Avenue and I-280.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Approved the purchase of police equipment for two Chevrolet Tahoes and four 2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles from D.R. Ebel Police & Fire Equipment, Northwood, for $46,792.64;
• Approved the purchase of in-car camera systems for the police division from Coban Technologies, Inc., Stafford, Texas, for $26,825.
• Heard that singer John Waite will be the headliner for the city’s fourth annual Boomfest to be held on July 6. Waite is best known for his hit single, “Missing You.”
• Did not request a public hearing for a liquor permit transfer from Bennett Enterprises, Inc., 3005 Navarre Ave., to Bennett Enterprises LLC, 3005 Navarre Ave.
• Heard Councilwoman Sandy Bihn say that algae blooms, which have caused problems in Lake Erie, have become an international issue, as reported in the New York Times and other media. “The algae issues in Lake Erie have reached national and international proportions. It’s projected that perhaps this year will be another bad year for the blooms. It’s all over the country. There was a recent report done by the University of Michigan. It’s something to be watching out for,” said Bihn. “Wherever our community can, we need to help with storm water runoff and wastewater issues to reduce phosphorous levels. All of us need to help because our fish population, our drinking water and our economies are affected.”