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Circle work a bit behind schedule

Circle work a bit behind schedule

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Circle improvements

A work crew works on the curb cut at the corner of NW 17th Street and NW Circle Boulevard in Corvallis on Wednesday.

The timelines for repaving work on Northwest Circle Boulevard in Corvallis have been tweaked a bit because crews are a bit behind schedule on the sidewalk and ADA ramp work.

Crews will be attempting to catch up by working Saturday, and residents in the area can expect lane shifts where Circle meets Dogwood, Firwood, Pendleton, Garryanna, 14th, Menlo and 17th.

Public Works officials also have announced that contractors will be away from the job site Aug. 13 to 21, returning to the ADA and sidewalk ramp work on Aug. 24.

The heavy lifting in the project does not begin until September. Grinding of Circle is scheduled to start Sept. 14 and last five to six days. The repaving piece is set for a Sept. 21 start and last six to eight days.

The pavement markings will go in the week of Sept. 29, and the project will conclude in early October with signal loop cutting and installations.

Traffic control and lane closures will continue to be in flux to accommodate the various work zones, with minimal impact expected on Corvallis Transit System service.

Circle is being repaved between Northwest Highland Drive and just west of 29th Street. The project fueled controversy because city officials chose to use new amenities and road configurations that are part of the new Transportation System Plan update.

Circle will be reduced to two lanes plus a center turn lane for most of the stretch being repaved, with the current set-up of four lanes plus a turn lane only existing at the intersections with 29th, Kings and Highland.

In addition to the lane reductions, buffered bike lanes will be added. Community members have been split on whether the changes will improve safety.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-812-6116. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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