REDMOND, OR -- Reconstruction of Redmond's South Canal Blvd. has halted due to the weather. City Engineer Mike Caccavano says continuing work during the coldest part of winter could cause poured concrete or laid asphalt to fail, "We want it to last. We're investing a lot of money into this project." That $6.9 million project includes curbs, sidewalks, a shared bicycle and pedestrian path, new pavement, landscaping with street trees, and dedicated left turn lanes at different intersections. Work began in the spring.
Even with the weather delay, Caccavano says construction is progressing on schedule. "The southern half of it is all complete and opened up to traffic." He tells KBND News, "From the [Yew Ave.] roundabout, which is the south end of the project, you can connect up to Salmon; that whole section is open. And then, from Obsidian to Pumice. the rest of it's still closed."
Knife River is in charge of the work, and Caccavano expects they will still finish by April 2019, as planned, "The work is suspended for right now, but they'll take advantage of any good weather spells we have to get more concrete work done, in particular; that's what needs to be done first." One change could add to the timeline, "We're looking at adding to the project at the intersection of Pumice and Canal - a mini roundabout there. Our consultant's working on conceptual drawings." Caccavano expects to see those drawings before the end of the year.
Photo: Crews pave a portion of Pumice Ave. at Canal in November.