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Realigning 4th Avenue to begin after 25 years of planning

S-curve will be closed during construction, beginning in late spring
by: Barbara Adams, The S-curve on 4th Avenue will be realigned as part of the 4th Avenue project, which will improve approximately 500 feet of the road.

It's been on the Estacada City Council's to-do list for at least 25 years. Now the funding is in place and the bids are in for the 4th Avenue Realignment Project, which will improve approximately 500 feet of the road this spring.

The city estimates the cost of the project to be between $400,000 and $420,000. It will be funded through multiple sources, including a $40,000 grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), a $25,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT), and a $120,000 Clackamas Development Block Grant (CDBG). The city applied for an additional $100,000 loan through CDBG to help fund the project. The balance will be paid for through System Development Charges (SDCs) by the city.

'This is a project whose time has certainly come,' said Estacada City Manager Randy Ealy. 'It is very exciting for everyone to finally see it become a reality.'

The city announced that the project was up for bid early March in the Daily Journal of Commerce. Twenty-one contractors requested bid specs, and on March 22 the city received bids from nine of those contractors.

The lowest bid is from Conway Construction at $338,358. 'We're hoping that Conway is qualified,' said Estacada Public Works Director Chris Randall. 'If they are then they will be awarded the job.'

Randall said he is hopeful the work will begin in May or in June.

The project will begin at 4th Avenue and Shafford Street and extend just beyond Currin Street. A retaining wall up to 13 feet high will line the road 340 feet on the north side, and 255 feet on the south side.

The project will take approximately two months to complete. 'During the construction, residents can expect detours around 4th Avenue because we'll have to completely close the roadway,' Randall said.

Nineteen building permits have been issued in the Straightline Estates and Regan Hill developments. The improvement of 4th Avenue, which leads up the hill to these new developments, will provide a safer route for current and new residents.

'Primarily, I see it as a safety enhancement,' said Ealy. 'We're fortunate that we've been able to elude any major accidents in that corridor over the years. It will open up safer traffic flow from downtown to the neighborhoods.'