Traffic Update: 238th Drive Project

Construction Update

drainage blanket for retaining wallExtended work hours for the water line relocation update! One of the biggest challenges of road reconstruction is finding underground utilities below the road that are not where the crew thought they would be. When the project's contractor excavated 238th Drive, they found active city water lines at a shallower depth than expected.  In order to rebuild the road, the water lines need to be relocated.

To complete this unexpected work and reduce schedule delays, the contractor has received permission to work additional hours during the week and on Sundays through August 31. The contractor will not need to work extended hours on many days. The extension allows the contractor to expedite work when possible. Several conditions are included, to reduce impacts on neighbors.

  • Work Hours – The contractor has had permission to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.  Through August 31, the contractor will be permitted to work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all days.
  • Conditions 
    • Weekends – To reduce noise at key times, the contractor will muffle backup alarms on vehicles from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
    • Noise Complaints – The project will monitor noise complaints from neighbors. The City of Wood Village reserves the right to revoke permission for extended work hours based on the number of complaints and the project’s ability to resolve complaints.  To report a complaint, contact the project information officer: email Mike, or call (503) 209-4111, or the City of Wood Village (503) 667-6211, email City of Wood Village)

The County regrets this inconvenience to neighbors and thanks all of you for your patience. Their goal is to complete this project as soon as possible and open the improved road on schedule this fall.

Recent Work

  • Concrete slab for new shared pathUtilities – A concrete-encased Comcast pipe that is in conflict with the retaining wall being built on the east side of the road should be completely removed by July 30.
  • Road Work – At the north end of the project, a crew is excavating for the new road bed and grading to form the new curb and sidewalk along the east side of the road.
  • Retaining Walls – This week the contractor will complete excavation for the larger retaining wall at the south end of the work zone. A drainage blanket is being installed at the base of the wall. Work on the smaller wall to the north, lower on the hill, is nearly complete. This week the contractor is pouring concrete for the slab on top of the northern wall that will support the parapet and railing at the outer edge of the wall. The “gabion” retaining walls will support the widened road. The walls are made of rows of steel baskets filled with rocks. Drain pipes are built to carry stormwater through the walls.

For project information, sign-ups for updates, or to contact the project team visit the 238th Drive Improvement Project webpage.