City of Florence gives Highway 101 water, sewer infrastructure update


April 11, 2018 — Earthworks Excavation has completed installing all the new water and sewer lines for the City of Florence’s Highway 101 Water and Sewer Infrastructure Improvement Project. The contractor is now completing sidewalk and driveway repairs, as well as landscaping cleanup at the new water meter and fire hydrant locations.

During the next couple of weeks, the contractor’s crews will be hard at work on finishing several roadway trench and permanent pavement repairs throughout the project limits. The trench preparation and paving will result in lane closures, potential detours or closures of certain road segments.

Below please find updates on specific project areas and the projected timeline for these projects.

Concrete Sidewalk and Drive-

way Repairs: The contractor will be completing concrete sidewalk and driveway repairs April 10 to 12. There should be limited disruption to the motoring public and businesses.

Highways 101 and 126: Final project completion, including permanent pavement repairs, road striping and replacement of damaged traffic signal loops, is expected no later than Thursday, April 26. Lane closures will be necessary during paving. Businesses in the area are open during construction.

  • Maple Street to Highway 126: The contractor will be saw cutting to clean the trench edges and then milling (grinding) the entire width of the trench to prepare for the final paving.

The contractor has targeted April 16 to 17 to perform this work. Final paving is scheduled for April 17 to 18, weather dependent.

Once paving is completed, the contractor will be reinstalling the traffic signal loops. The traffic signal loop is an inductive loop which is a simply a coil of wire embedded into the road’s surface. To install the loop, the new asphalt must be in place, the contractor will cut a groove in the asphalt with a saw. The wire is placed in the groove and sealed with a rubbery compound. This is anticipated to take place on April 26.

  • Highway 101 to Quince Street: The contractor will be saw cutting to clean the trench edges and then milling the entire width of the trench to prepare for the final paving. The contractor has targeted April 16 to 17 to perform this work. Final paving is scheduled for April 17 to 18, weather dependent.
  • Seventh Street Crossing of Highway 101: The contractor will be saw cutting to clean the trench edges and then milling the entire width of the trench to prepare for the final paving. The contractor has targeted April 19 to 23 to perform this work, including final paving. Final paving is weather dependent.
  • Rhododendron Drive (Fifth Street) Crossing of Highway 101: The contractor will be saw cutting to clean the trench edges and then milling the entire width of the trench to prepare for the final paving. The contractor has targeted April 19 to 23 to perform this work, including final paving. Final paving is weather dependent.
  • Eighth Street between Quince Street and Highway 101: The contractor will be saw cutting to provide clean trench edges April 23 to 24. Paving is scheduled to take place April 24 to 25, weather dependent.
  • Maple Street between Second Street and Highway 101: The contractor will be saw cutting to provide clean trench edges April 23 to 24. Paving is scheduled to take place April 24 to 25, weather dependent.
  • Fifth Street (Rhododendron Drive) east of Highway 101: The contractor will be saw cutting to provide clean trench edges April 23 to 24. Paving is scheduled to take place April 24 to 25, weather dependent.

Once paving is completed, the contractor will be reinstalling the traffic signal loops. This work is anticipated to be completed by April 26th.

To keep the work zone safe for both the workers and the public, long areas of transition are required. This means that driveway entrances to the businesses may not always look accessible. The contractor will continue to post “Business Open” signs so that the public know that they can access driveways within the lane closure area.

In addition, if people have concerns with access or need special accommodations for deliveries, they should contact:

  • Kyle Howard, Earthworks Excavation, at 503-812-9201
  • Sean Selig, Public Works Inspector, at 541-999-0867

Florence Public Works would like to extend thanks to the public and businesses for their patience as staff completes this important project that will provide improved water supplies for fire suppression and improved sanitary sewer service to the community.


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