Improvements, Updates and Efficiencies in the Washington Way/15th Street Corridor

It is with great pleasure that we announce the completion of the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement Project.  Brought through the collaborative effort of OSU and the City of Corvallis, this project allowed for simultaneous reconstruction of both the OSU-owned Washington Way and the City-owned 15th Street, bringing numerous efficiencies, upgrades and improved access to campus.  Upgrades include the addition of six-foot bike lanes; a separated, lit sidewalk; new accessible at-grade crosswalks; a 12-foot planter strip with street trees that will provide a separation between pedestrians and vehicular traffic; and a traffic signal that includes a new railroad crossing design and exclusive turn lanes. Additionally, while the streets were torn-up for project work, the opportunity was taken to complete underground work for needed infrastructure upgrades – saving time and money.

Project work began in March 2014 with the demolition of the Shops buildings along 15th and Washington Way, which brought about changes in both the Facilities Services Compound and in traffic flow around this area.  Benton Place was restriped for two-way traffic, and pedestrians, bikes and motorists started utilizing the Facilities Services Compound as a pedestrian and vehicular route.  Now that the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement Project is complete and access is again restored along 15th Street, Washington Way, and Benton Place, Facilities Services will be securing their compound.

FS Compound Secured Access

Effective immediately, for safety consideration and to protect OSU equipment and materials, the Facilities Services Compound will be secured from 5:30 PM – 7:30 AM and all day on weekends.  Vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access will not be available during secured times. Please note, this does not impact access to Kerr Lot at 15th or to Benton Place at Washington Way.  Because this area is utilized by Facilities Services work crews and serves as a staging area for trucks and construction equipment during non-secured hours, we encourage pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to choose other routes and avoid crossing through the Facilities Services Compound as much as possible, even during non-secured hours.

Capital Planning and Development and Facilities Services would like to thank you for your patience during construction activities and for your continued support in safety and efficiency efforts.

 

UPDATE:  To accommodate final grading deadlines, Pacific Power & Light (PP&L) has agreed to reschedule cable upgrades in the campus tunnels to December 21st 9 am – 6 pm. 

Buildings affected by the outage include:

  • Benton Annex (Womens Center)
  • Calahan Hall
  • Fairbanks Hall
  • Furman Hall
  • Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center
  • Kerr Administration Building
  • Langton Hall
  • McNary Hall
  • McNary Dining
  • Moreland Hall
  • Pharmacy Building
  • Snell/MU East
  • Waldo Hall
  • Wilson Hall

Facilities Services Electrical Shop will be available to discuss and provide for any departmental needs affecting research or safety during this scheduled electrical outage.  Please contact Scott Drahn, 541-737-8313, or Facilities Services, 541-737-2969, with any concerns.

To complete necessary overhead power line work in the following buildings, our electrical provider, Pacific Power & Light (PP&L), has scheduled a two-hour power outage on December 14th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m, in the following buildings.

  • Clark Laboratory
  • Dairy Barn & Residence
  • East & West Greenhouse
  • Hogg Metabolism Buildings; 349, 350, 351, 357, 358
  • James E. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility
  • Poultry Center
  • Radiation Center
  • Sackett Hall
  • Seed Lab
  • Swine Barn
  • Weigand Hall

Facilities Services Electrical Shop will be available to discuss and provide for any departmental needs affecting research or safety during this scheduled electrical outage.  Please contact Scott Drahn, 541-737-8313, or Facilities Services, 541-737-2969, with any concerns.