Roundabout being slowed

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A roundabout, similar to the one shown here, was scheduled to be constructed at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road Northeast next summer. The project has been delayed until 2015. (Courtesy of American Public Works Association)

A roundabout, similar to the one shown here, was scheduled to be constructed at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road Northeast next summer. The project has been delayed until 2015. (Courtesy of American Public Works Association)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Evening congestion will continue a bit longer at a busy intersection in Keizer.

The Oregon Department of Transportation was scheduled to build a $2 million roundabout (including design, right-of-way acquisition and construction) at the intersection of Chemawa Road NE and Verda Lane next summer, with bidding set to take place in January.

Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director, confirmed last week the project is being pushed back.

“Now it’s set up to go to bid in November 2014, with the start of construction in the spring of 2015,” Lawyer said.

Lawyer emphasized the delay does not indicate a lack of support for the project.

“One of the concerns from ODOT folks was there was a huge amount of work being bid on in January,” Lawyer said. “With so much work being bid on, it might drive prices up due to sheer volume. They basically said we’ll let those get bid, wait a little while and probably get lower bids. There was just a backlog of projects all coming on at the same time.”

Lawyer said such a rush of projects isn’t expected next fall.

“They don’t anticipate that,” Lawyer said of ODOT officials. “That backlog wouldn’t be there in November 2014.”

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