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W.B.A. learns of Westmoreland road repair plans

The Westmoreland Business Alliance (WBA) business association learned at its January 25th meeting, from Brian Oberding of the Portland Department of Transportation, that road repairs are planned on Milwaukie Avenue from Bybee north to Holgate this summer, and--if money remains in the budget--also on Bybee Boulevard from S.E. 14th east to McLoughlin. It is expected that no merchant will have an extended period of inconvenience from the project.

Repairs are also planned on S.E. 39th from Woodstock to Schiller, and a sewer project will require motorist detours on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard in Eastmoreland, from 28th to 39th, 7 am till 5 pm weekdays, into May.

Aside from the sewer construction on Woodstock Boulevard, which relates to the Big Pipe project underway on the Eastside, all the improvements are keyed to the ongoing upgrade and reconstruction of the viaduct on Grand and MLK Blvd. just north of the Ross Island Bridge. The city anticipates some cut-through traffic on alternate routes to avoid the viaduct project, and wants the likely routes to be able to handle any extra traffic.

An open house for all the road projects is planned for the first week of March, for both businesses and residents to learn more about them, but as THE BEE went to press, the date and location had not yet been announced.

Also at its January meeting, the WBA formalized a new time for its monthly meetings, to which all businesses and residents are welcome. Meetings will now be held on the third Thursday of each month in the morning, from 9 till 10 am, with free coffee on hand for attendees. The location will remain the same: Gallery 7126, in the Masonic Hall across the street from the Meyer Boys and Girls Club, at 7126 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.