Chemawa Road has been a construction zone all summer and could be next summer as well. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Chemawa Road has been a construction zone all summer and could be next summer as well. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes 

The Chemawa Road construction project was a long time coming.

It might be a long time before it’s actually done.

The expansive Oregon Department of Transportation project, which includes new utilities, pavement, expanded road and a signal by McNary High School, was set to be done last year. The project got pushed back to this year. Work started in the spring and was scheduled to be completed in October.

There is disagreement – even within ODOT – about when the project might be finished.

Clif Rose, the assistant project manager, said Wednesday the October timeline is still valid. Shane Ottosen, the project manager, pointed to next summer for project completion.

“There is no change in the schedule at this point,” Rose said. “We haven’t authorized anything beyond Oct. 31. The challenge is to get through the nuances of the plan design and the nature of the project. At the present time, we are looking to still be done by Oct. 31.”

Because of a delay with utilities, Ottosen said the project will likely be pushed back to next year.

“From Windsor Island Road east is probably going to be done next summer,” Ottosen said Wednesday. “From Windsor west, we want to get that buttoned up and paved this fall. We should be able to button that up.”

Ottosen said there will be more discussions with the contractor and city about finishing the rest of the project, but he expects a delay.

“It’s probably almost a done deal,” Ottosen said. “The utilities didn’t get moved in time.”

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