by: Tyler Graf

Though it will come six months after what was anticipated, the privately developed portion of the Havlik Drive and Second Street extension project in Scappoose should be completed by early May.

Glenn Sutherland, a construction worker for Ken Leahy Construction, said the project is on schedule to meet its May 5 deadline.

The next phase of the project begins Thursday, when workers start paving the Second Street extension.

Spirits in Scappoose seem high on the project, even after a series of financial problems, including the bankruptcy of Scharf Properties, culminated in the city threatening to take the project away from its private developers late last year.

'It should have been completed when the Havlik crossing was completed,' said City Manager Jon Hanken. Work on the Havlik Drive extension completed last fall.

'That's all water under the bridge now,' Hanken added. Last December, after the Oregon Department of Transportation had completed its stimulus-funded portion of the project, the private development of Second Street still had not begun.

The publicly financed project extended Havlik Drive across Highway 30 and over a railroad crossing, where new traffic lights were placed. The private project called for extending Second Street, which would open up land east of Highway 30 for future development.

At the last minute, Ken Leahy Construction was able to secure the bonds required to move the project forward. Once done, Scappoose will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of completing the project, which has been on the boards for more than a decade.

'This is huge,' Hanken said.

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