At Wildish Standard Paving Co.’s Newberg Bypass project, crews completed post-tensioning Bridge 12, also known as the Wynooski box girder overpass, and constructed the decorative rail which incorporates a random river pattern on the exterior and individual framed windows with a round rock center on the interior. This required detailed planning on the formwork and anchor layout to ensure that each section lined up correctly. Also at Bridge 12, the grading crew is bringing walls up to final grade and preparing for the end panels.

Another crew has moved on to Bridge 13 pouring end walls and diaphragms as well as forming the bottom deck. The deck pour will be this spring when the temperatures are more favorable. The wall-facing crew continues to strip, reset and pour a new wall segment each day. When finished in February, they will have poured 66 individual segments, each 28 feet long of varying heights. The crew is also doing top-of-wall coping which will be followed by the grading crew to place base for construction of the moment slab.

At Bridge 9, a crew fabricated sound wall form panels decorated with hills and trees. This work has been in the planning stage for months as the design on sections of seven panels each must line up with adjacent sections as the bridge grade rises and falls.
At Portland’s NE 122ND Avenue/I-84 to Skidmore project, ten of the 17 ADA corners are completed as are many of the associated asphalt repairs. Street valves and manholes have been lowered in preparation for grinding and paving once the weather improves. Crews removed old barrier and replaced it with two new attenuators. All eight new signal bases and associated pedestrian pole bases are placed and signal poles and arms are being set.
The emergency repair project on I-5 at Capitol was estimated on January 24, awarded on the 25th, and completed overnight on the 26th. A hole in the pavement measuring 17 feet x 28 feet was excavated to a depth of approximately three feet while protecting an existing 4-inch water main. The crew then compacted the subgrade, placed fabric with two feet of base rock, and placed 12 inches of compacted asphalt pavement in time to open the freeway to early morning traffic.
Crews began work on the McLoughlin Boulevard/Main Street Utility Relocation project for the City of Milwaukie. The job involves 30 inch diameter storm sewer, 10-inch and 8-inch sanitary sewer, and 12-inch waterline modifications/relocations along the two roads, and is scheduled to be completed by mid-April.
A project team is in the planning stage for the ODOT SE Harold-SE Harrison project which will start mid-March. This is a grinding and asphalt paving project that includes upgrading intersections with new handicap ramps and signals. Crews will also install a 14 foot wide culvert across Mcloughlin Boulevard during the in-water work window (July 15- August 31). Work will be done mostly at night and during weekend closures, with expected completion by early October.

Replacement two pedestrian bridges at the West Eugene EmX project was completed in December, and in Salem, a sound wall repair in January.

Wildish Construction Co. crews finished the 8th Avenue/Lincoln Street/Washington Street project. The City of Eugene doubled the number of concrete repairs on Lincoln Street which extended the duration of the project by an extra month.
Work has started on the Access Gate Paving project at the Eugene Airport. This job involves removing existing asphalt at seven gates and replacing it with concrete. The job has tight restrictions on the amount of time each gate can be out of service due to airport security requirements and the need to provide access for private plane owners. This job should be finished by the first week of March.
At the Stone Bridge Apartment project the owner wants to get two of the buildings open at the beginning of this summer so the crew will need to complete a significant amount of site work before these can be occupied. Crews will remain on site through the summer completing site work around the remaining buildings.
The final stretch of work on Lane Transit District’s West Eugene EmX project is set to begin mid-February. Crews should have the concrete bus lane on West 11th Avenue between Garfield and Seneca Streets constructed by the end of June with signal installation and testing done and ready for busses by late September.
The Skycastle Subdivision project is due to begin at the end of February. This $4 million project includes the construction of roads and utility improvements to serve 28 new residential building lots on the south side of Gillespie Butte in Eugene.
Wildish Construction Co. is the apparent low bidder for three projects that will be built this year. The first is a new traffic signal at the intersection of the Bob Straub Parkway and Mount Vernon Road. Crews will perform the site work and provide traffic control.
The second project is Highway 126B /McVay Highway. This project is located in Glenwood, starting at the Willamette River Bridge and going west toward Mississippi Street. It includes construction of two roundabouts plus earthwork, underground utilities, concrete curbs, gutters and concrete paving. There is also asphalt paving at the side street connections and at the ends of the project. Work should start around the first of May with a completion date of September 2018.
The third project is a site development job in west Eugene that is still in the permit stages but is expected to break ground this summer. Additionally, Seneca Sawmill is considering doing another phase of site work this summer at its facility.

Wildish Building Co.’s West Eugene EmX Extension project is about to enter its third and final construction season. Work will focus on the section of West 11th Avenue from Tyinn Street through the West 11th/Garfield intersection. Communications companies are finishing utility relocations which allow start of the bus lane and sidewalk construction. New traffic signal foundations, poles and mast arms are being installed ahead of the civil work as well. Bus station platforms are being assembled and trees and shrubs are being planted from the west end of West 11th near Walmart to Bailey Hill Road and along Garfield Street. All of this work is expected to be completed by the end of June.
Installation of the signal communication and information system is underway, including miles of fiber optic cable that will provide information to the display panels at the 27 bus stations. Signal programming, system testing and driver training is to be accomplished by mid-September, with bus service operational shortly thereafter.

At the Roseburg Landfill project, the 42-foot diameter tank system has been commissioned and is in service. The engineers have four new design changes to be implemented which will be done late this winter.

In Lebanon at the Linn Benton Community College Heavy Equipment Center, crews are finishing change order additions including structural upgrades, a large exhaust hood for the dyno room, and a new ventilation exhaust system designed to handle 2,000 degree Fahrenheit conditions.

In Eugene, crews are finalizing details at the Gilham Elementary School project. A few hundred tack boards that were delayed in arriving are being installed, and this spring work will involve final irrigation system repairs and minor civil work on the school grounds.

At the Eugene/Springfield Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission Vestibule Project, work will begin in February building an 8 foot x 25 foot x 10 foot tall egress structure attached to an existing sludge tank. The vestibule includes a cast-in-place concrete slab on grade, concrete block, standing seam roof and exterior stair modifications.

Preconstruction services are being provided for the University of Oregon’sHayward Tunnel Project. Engineers are completing the design with work scheduled to begin in June. The tunnel will be several hundred feet long, consisting of precast units as well as cast-in-place concrete work, and excavation will occur in a congested area through solid rock.

Ongoing preconstruction services continue for the Eugene Water and Electric Board’s Carmen Smith Powerhouse Upgrades projects. A team will be managing the draft tube gates project which includes building a floating work platform barge to access and remove and replace the existing draft tube gates. The team will also continue to manage the dewatering system improvements project which includes significant demolition, dewatering, piping and new pumps. The procurement of two 108 inch diameter turbine shutoff valves that are being manufactured in Switzerland is being monitoreds. They will be transported by sea to the Port of Portland and delivered to the jobsite by early May. Cost estimating, scheduling and scope refinement are also continuing to be provided for improvements to the powerhouse cooling water system. Also as part of EWEB’s efforts to relicense the Carmen Smith hydroelectric dam, preconstruction services are being provided for the Power Tunnel Rehabilitation project. This tunnel stretches from the reservoir to the powerhouse. It is 12 feet in diameter, three miles long and 260 feet below grade, and it is comprised of a steel penstock and modified concrete. Work includes interior surface concrete repairs, replacement of approximately 1,300 pressure relief valves, contact grouting and crack injection repair. Site logistics, access, confined space entry, structural integrity, and air quality are aspects that will need to be addressed in this challenging project.