It's official! The ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase 1 of the Newberg Dundee Bypass project was held on Monday, December 18. Parametrix has been a part of this project since the idea of a bypass was just beginning to be explored. Parametrix provided permitting, stormwater design, erosion control, and landscape design. We also led the earlier environmental documentation and alternatives analysis work.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, held between Newberg and Dundee to allow members of both communities to attend. Governor Brown announced that the bypass will be open to traffic on January 6, 2018 after contractors finish the remaining work.
Parametrix employee-owners Bill Ciz and Brian Bierwagen attended the ceremony. The two have both worked on the project for several years. Bill served as the Parametrix project manager. They said it was exciting to see this phase of the project complete. Parametrix employee-owners Jim Philips, Curt Warber, Jens Swenson, and Rebecca Cushman also played key roles in the project.
This phase of the Bypass consists of almost 4 miles of new 2-lane roadway, including 10 new bridges - one bridge that is almost half a mile long. The highway is only the second new highway in western Oregon in the last 30 years. 112 existing girders, fabricated for another ODOT project, were repurposed and incorporated into the new bridges, which saved over $1 million in construction costs.
Re-purposed girders being installed on one of the bridges.
ODOT knew that a $220 million construction contract would likely be awarded to a very large contractor from outside of Oregon. The project was broken up into five smaller phases to allow local Oregon companies to win the contracts.
The project will be completed on schedule and within budget. The Bypass is expected to significantly reduce congestion and travel time on OR 99W through Newberg and Dundee as well as increase safety.
When completed, the full Bypass will be an 11-mile, four-lane limited access expressway around the cities of Dundee and Newberg.