Crews are finishing up the paving of the section of Stewart Parkway in west Roseburg that’s been under construction since June, and city officials say it’s on schedule for opening next week.

The stretch of Stewart Parkway in what used to be an “S” curve is scheduled to open to two-way traffic Monday, but construction crews still plan periodic lane closures and shifting of lanes while they perform other work on the project including finishing up the retention ponds designed to help alleviate flooding during heavy rains.

Stewart Parkway has been widened and straightened and sidewalks have been added for the safety of pedestrians, plus the walking path just east of the project has been relocated. A bridge by the Duck Pond that crosses Newton Creek just south of the Ford Family Foundation entrance was also rebuilt to allow better drainage.

A new pad for the driving range at the Stewart Park Golf Course has been constructed. The old pad had to be removed during the project, and the range is being repositioned.

Colley said the $5 million project has been kept in line with regular meetings with city staff and the project manager.

“The cost is inline,” City Manager Lance Colley said last week. “For the most part everything is on schedule.”

Colley said the project has gone as well as could be expected with having to divert traffic through a residential area. With the start of school, traffic has increased on Keasey Street, but he said they just were not able to get it done before school started.

Speed obstacles were added to Keasey Street and Colley said they had the desired effect.

“It slowed down the traffic,” he said, “but if there was any way to get this done before school started, we would have.”

Colley said he walked the area a couple of times with the project manager and public works director, and just didn’t see how they could have done the project without closing the street.

The city still plans periodic lane closures at the Garden Valley intersection over the next five week to install ADA ramps. The entire project is set for completion by Nov. 11, but starting Monday, after 90 days of closure, traffic will again be moving through Stewart Parkway from Harvey Avenue to Valley View Drive.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at

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