Public Works Projects
Welcome to the Benton County Public Works Project Page
All available projects can be found at the following link : https://www.co.benton.or.us/projects or by clicking on the title of each project listed below.
Current Construction Projects (2020)
Starr Creek Road Extension
Construction of Phase 2 was contracted out and the project commenced in June of 2020. The contractor has cleared out all of the brush and is building up the road subgrade in preparation for rock. This project is substantially complete as the contractor has applied hydroseeding so that it might be established before the fall rains appear. Last Updated October 2, 2020.
The Bull Run Culvert Replacement Project will replace the existing failing culvert on Bull Run that crosses Bellfountain Drive with a new, bottomless 20’x 8.25’ arch culvert. In order to replace the failing culvert a detour route will be posted as Bellfountain Road must be closed during construction. Aquatic species salvage will be conducted under the County’s take permit with NOAA-NMFS prior to the existing culvert being removed. The project is anticipated to be complete by the time school starts in 2020. This project is complete and the road is re-opened. Last Updated October 2, 2020.
This important historic covered bridge is in need of maintenance in order to preserve its integrity. Without the proposed maintenance, the bridge will fall into disrepair and eventually will have to be closed to the public. Improvements include: painting, fumigating, new roof, a fire sprinkler suppression system, paving, and miscellaneous structure repairs. A contractor has been selected and construction is slated for Summer of 2020. The roof has been replaced, numerous structural repairs made and re-siding has been completed, so the project is approximately 70% complete. A structural beam needs to be replaced, the sprinkler system installed, and painting completed this month. Last Updated October 2, 2020.
This project will grind the existing asphalt surface by 2-inches and replace it with new asphalt at the same depth from Harrison Blvd to Reservoir Avenue. The County will also improve traffic signal operation at the intersection of SW 53rd and Reservoir Avenue with the addition of another loop detector on SW 53rd Street. The County will also upgrade any ADA facilities that do not currently meet standards. This project is complete. Last Updated October 2, 2020.
Projects In Progress
Corvallis-Albany Trail: Scenic to Springhill (North Albany Phase)
The North Albany segment of the Corvallis-Albany Trail is well underway. The County has a 90% design and the consultants are appraising property and putting together information for right-of-way acquisition. The project has stalled due to negotiations with the railroad. Construction is tentatively scheduled for summer/fall of 2021. Last Updated June 23, 2020.
The County is working closely with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) while they move forward with design of the Highway 20W Safety Improvement Projects to ensure the vision for the Corvallis-Albany Trail can be realized. The County has hired David Evans and Associates to provide preliminary design services and right-of-way acquisition assistance. Last Updated June 23, 2020.
Gibson Hill Road Resurfacing
Project currently under design for sidewalk improvements and a pavement overlay for summer 2021 construction. County will hold public outreach efforts in the fall/winter of 2020. Last Updated June 23, 2020.
The existing roadway on Chapel Drive from 19th Street to Bellfountain Road will be widened to add 6 foot bike lanes on both sides of the road. A tabletop intersection will be added at 19th Street and Chapel Drive. Planted medians with turn pockets will extend to the public school entrance to provide a visible transition for traffic calming as they enter Philomath. This project is currently in the design stage with construction tentatively scheduled for 2021. Last Updated June 23, 2020.
Hubbard Bridge Replacement
The County has received funding from the State for design and construction. The County recently hired DOWL (Formerly OBEC Consulting Engineers) to assist in the design and replacement of the bridge. The consultant is currently working with the County to negotiate right-of-way acquisition. Construction is expected in 2021. Last Updated June 23, 2020.
Note: Nearby alternate route options are available by using Old River Road and Stow Pit Road. In the event of flooding on the alternative routes, in order to permit access in and out to area residents, the bridge will be reopened temporarily to passenger vehicle traffic as necessary. We apologize for the inconvenience.
53rd Street RR Overpass
Preliminary design is complete and all right-of-way secured. Community Meeting held on November 14, 2017. This project is currently on hold. Last Updated January 7, 2020.