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NW Natural has been at work on Highway 99W since Feb. 8 and should wrap up construction next week.
As of Tuesday, February 20, 2018
MONMOUTH — NW Natural crews have been busy since Feb. 8, making improvements to the system.
“It is tied to the ODOT project,” said Daphne Mathew, public information officer for NW Natural.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is getting ready to do some grading and other road improvements to the stretch of Highway 99W that goes through Monmouth.
“While that is happening, we’re making improvements to our system, adding pipe,” Mathew said. “There will be rerouting traffic, flaggers, what you’ve already seen.”
The work should take about 14 working days, Mathew said, putting the completion sometime next week.
“Crews may be working days and nights,” she said. “Some areas have been permitted for night work, so could be both.”
The city will have to relocate water and electric lines as part of the ODOT construction later this year.
Part of the cooperative agreement that the council looked at at its Tuesday meeting included details on detour routes and who will maintain the new construction, City Manager Scott McClure said.
For more on the project: polkio.com.