Newport Corridor Improvements Project Receives Engineering Excellence Award


A planter with a roundabout, bicyclist, and vehicles in the background.

Portland, OR – The Newport Corridor Improvements Project received a Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies Oregon Engineering Excellence Awards. The event was held in Portland on January 25, 2024. The awards competition “recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.”

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Piper Everson, Jessie Rykels-Wilson, and Kendry Ely of Parametrix accept the award at the ACEC Oregon Engineering Excellence Award ceremony. Photo by Julie Keefe.

The City of Bend, Oregon’s Newport Avenue Corridor is an east-west arterial that sits 500 feet below an adjacent neighborhood. The initial driver of the project was addressing limited, aging stormwater facilities and frequent flooding. Since the neighborhood also needed transportation improvements and the water and wastewater infrastructure required updates, the City decided to complete all of the improvements in one project for greater efficiency.

Work included stormwater collection, conveyance, and water quality systems; an improved outfall; upgraded water and wastewater systems; and over a mile of transportation improvements, including bicycle and accessible pedestrian facilities and four roundabouts. The project was partially funded by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program.

An aerial view of a "dog bone" shaped figuration comprised of two roundabouts.

Parametrix led the consultant team and Taylor Northwest served as the contractor for this Construction Manager/General Contractor project. Newport Avenue reopened to the public on May 26, 2023.

“[Parametrix was] responsive to our needs and always came to the table with ideas to address challenges. They were transparent team players, always with the aligned mindset that we’d all need to work together to be successful. Whether that included taking on additional responsibilities or mentoring younger City staff, they always had the success of the project in mind,” said Brittany Barker, PE, Assoc. DBIA, Principal Engineer at the City of Bend.

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