January 19 2019
Governor Brown to be keynote speaker at ribbon cutting
NEWBERG-The official ribbon cutting of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 project is scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. The road is scheduled to open to traffic in early January.
The ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Governor Kate Brown and other federal, state and local dignitaries will be held at a location on the Bypass just east of Chehalem Creek in between Newberg and Dundee.
The event is being sponsored by ODOT and the Yamhill County Parkway Committee and is open to the general public. Parking for the event will be on the Bypass. Access to the event will be at OR 219 and the Bypass (OR 18) where signage and flaggers will direct (OR 219) southbound and northbound traffic on to the Bypass. A shuttle will be available to help those visitors with disabilities.
Senior Project Leader Kelly Amador, Public Information Officer Lou Torres and Kristen Kibler of JLA Public Involvement for the Newberg-Dundee Bypass told the committee ODOT also plans to host a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony in December or January, when the bypass is opened for use. However, they said it seemed a good idea to also let interested members of the public get a look in advance.
Amador said the department doesn't want to hold a ribbon-cutting too far in advance, because that tends to frustrate prospective users. But winter weather is likely to be less conducive to a day of walking or bicycling the new roadway than early fall weather, she said.
Torres said the department held a similar event for at least one other major construction project, and it drew several hundred participants.
Plans for the festival day will be refined over the coming weeks, but there was talk of information kiosks, a 6k run, food vendors and live music. People could bring picnic lunches or enjoy taking photographs of fall scenery from a unique vantage point overlooking the cities of Newberg and Dundee, officials said.
It will also be important, Amador and Kibler said, to give neighbors, who have lived with the noise, mess and congestion for two years, to view without having to dodge traffic.
Amador told the committee the first phase is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and a connection to Wilsonville Road would follow by 2020.