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Water pipeline to cause Bonita Road disruption this month

Road work is one of last pieces to Tigard-Lake Oswego water project

Drivers along Southwest Bonita Road will face a few extra obstacles over the next few weeks as crews put the finishing touches on pipelines that will carry water from Lake Oswego to Tigard.

Starting on Monday, crews will be working on a water pipeline on Bonita Road, near the Bonita Villa Apartments, as part of the Lake-Oswego Tigard Water Partnership, a project that has been working to build a combined water system for the two cities.

Crews will be working on pipelines along Bonita Road near the 14600 block of 76th Avenue for about two weeks, reconfiguring a portion of existing pipelines in order to bring the city’s new Bonita Road Pump Station completely online.

The pump station went live last November and began pumping Lake Oswego-Tigard water to select homes on Bull Mountain. The pump station will begin pumping the water to all residents in the Tigard Water Service Area this summer.

The road will remain open to through traffic, but Katy Fulton, a spokeswoman with the Tigard-Lake Oswego Water Partnership, said that eastbound traffic will be redirected around the work area.

The sidewalk and bike lane located between Southwest 76th Avenue and Milton Court will be closed during the construction.

According to Fulton, crews will work on the pipeline from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The work will likely be noisy, Fulton said.

“During construction, commuters and neighbors can expect to see and hear excavators, pipe, gravel and dump trucks,” she said.

This isn’t the first time that crews have disrupted Bonita Road traffic to work on the project. Last spring, crews installed 3,000 feet of water pipeline along the road to connect the project to the Bonita Road pump station.

Fulton said that drivers should pay extra attention when driving in the area.

“For motorists traveling on Bonita Road near Fanno Creek, please drive slowly, stay alert and use caution for your safety and the safety of the crews,” Fulton said.