HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForum About
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > United States > Pacific West > Portland > Transportation & Infrastructure


Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #81  
Old Posted Dec 2, 2009, 7:53 PM
Okstate's Avatar
Okstate Okstate is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SE PDX
Posts: 1,367
I've been seeing them too.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #82  
Old Posted Dec 4, 2009, 1:14 AM
scleeb scleeb is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Irvington/Grant Park - NE PDX
Posts: 109
Where are Mulder and Scully when you need them!

rt
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #83  
Old Posted Dec 4, 2009, 6:50 AM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
Quote:
Originally Posted by Okstate View Post
I've been seeing them too.
they are massive.....i initially thought that they were being transported to a rock quarry to be crushed up into gravel.......but im thinking something larger.....either the repair of the railroad through the coast range.....or maybe repair of some of the roads that could have had landslides??
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #84  
Old Posted Dec 15, 2009, 7:11 AM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
still seeing rocks, havent figured out where they're going, i would really like to solve this =D
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #85  
Old Posted Feb 10, 2010, 1:53 AM
sowat sowat is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 422
Giant rocks, heading to the beach, scare Portland commuters
By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian
February 09, 2010

see link for photo:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index...o_the_bea.html

How's this for a highway mystery?

Someone's hauling giant boulders one by one through some of the Portland area's heaviest traffic. Freaked-out motorists have reported seeing the towering rocks chained to trailers on Interstate 5, the Fremont Bridge and U.S. 26.

Who is it?

"We can't say for sure," said Lou Torres, an Oregon Department of Ttansportation spokesman. "Apparently, whoever's hauling these things didn't need a permit."

Actually, the answer can be found with a quick search of federal stimulus projects. The 35-ton boulders are headed to the coast, where the Port of Girabaldi is using them to repair Tillamook Bay's north jetty.

The $16.1 million stimulus-funded project will improve treacherous coastal waters that have claimed the lives of 20 fishermen since 1992. "Great to see the big rocks finally arriving," said Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi.

The project calls for 1,100 boulders from two Washington quarries, with three a day rolling through Portland until August.

Kevin Greenwood, the port's manager, understands why the rocks give commuters a scare. Each is about the size of the movie boulder that chased Indiana Jones.

"Fortunately," he said. "they're not pefectly round like that."
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #86  
Old Posted Feb 10, 2010, 5:25 AM
philopdx philopdx is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Deep South
Posts: 1,275
Reported on Skyscraperpage first.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #87  
Old Posted Feb 10, 2010, 7:35 AM
PDXsteve24 PDXsteve24 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 11
GIANT rocks

The giant rocks are heading for the port of Garibaldi to repair Tillamook Bay's north jetty. http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index...bea.html:cool:
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #88  
Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 3:08 AM
City of R'lyeh City of R'lyeh is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: New England
Posts: 12
Stonehenge in PNW???
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #89  
Old Posted Feb 12, 2010, 6:44 PM
CouvScott CouvScott is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 1,075
Quote:
Originally Posted by City of R'lyeh View Post
Stonehenge in PNW???
Actually, we already have one. It's near Marys Hill, WA. Check out 45deg 41' 39.72"N and 120deg 48'21.76"W on GoogleEarth.
__________________
A mind that is expanded by a new idea can never return to it's original dimensions.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #90  
Old Posted Feb 13, 2010, 5:09 PM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
Its Solved! Yes!
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #91  
Old Posted Mar 31, 2010, 5:55 AM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
What is the project along I-5 west of SOWA

They are clearing the hillside of trees and what not........possibly erosion control, or maybe they're making that section of the highway wider?

Before terwilliger, right handside south bound.
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #92  
Old Posted Mar 31, 2010, 5:56 AM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
we need pix!
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #93  
Old Posted Mar 31, 2010, 7:25 AM
RoseCtyRoks's Avatar
RoseCtyRoks RoseCtyRoks is offline
shozbot!
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: City Of Roses
Posts: 213
^ Yeah, they've got a lot of work ahead of them for sure.....clearing trees, blackberry bushes, ivy, for the Iowa St. viaduct bridge const. project. They'll eventually replace with native trees and plants........Read here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...huge_clea.html
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #94  
Old Posted Apr 3, 2010, 3:52 AM
bvpcvm bvpcvm is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Portland
Posts: 2,735
this has me a little confused; is the "Iowa St Viadact" part of I-5? if they're rebuilding it, that's a pretty big, disruptive project. i'm surprised we haven't heard more about it before now. or is there a chance this viaduct is not actually part of i-5?
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #95  
Old Posted Apr 3, 2010, 4:08 AM
Sekkle's Avatar
Sekkle Sekkle is offline
zzzzzzzz
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Portland area
Posts: 2,273
^ It's part of I-5. all the info you need right here...
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/iowaviaduct/
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #96  
Old Posted Apr 4, 2010, 10:59 PM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
ahh excellent! thanks for the info! It is always good to see a project like this =D that section of I-5 definitely needs some improvements!
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #97  
Old Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:30 PM
JoshYent JoshYent is offline
=)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Posts: 164
Proposed toll road south of Portland runs into opposition

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamasc...4/post_15.html


A controversial proposal to build Oregon's only privately financed and operated toll road, almost all of it crossing prime farmland south of Portland, is running into stiff opposition from local residents, farmers and elected officials.

Backers of the Coastal Parkway -- a proposed 11.77-mile four-lane highway linking Interstate 5 near Woodburn with Dayton in Yamhill County -- have been meeting quietly since last fall with landowners and officials in potentially affected towns.

But their apparent goal of building grass-roots support, one willing seller at a time, doesn't seem to be working.

"I'm a little fascinated by their assertion that there is any support for this at all," Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne said. "We don't need a bypass here that does nothing but solve Yamhill County's traffic problems."

Milne and fellow commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson are scheduled to meet with parkway promoters April 15, "just to hear first-hand where things stand," she said.

View full sizeBrent Wojahn/The Oregonian/2006
When the idea of establishing toll roads came up in 2006 as a way to relieve traffic congestion in the Dundee area, the reaction from residents in the area was swift and clear. A new toll-road proposal also faces an uphill battle.
Newberg businessman Robert Youngman, president of Royal Chinook Development Co., has, to date, been the parkway's most visible public spokesman. He met with Donald-area farmers at a local cafe March 13 and has made recent presentations to city councils and planners in Dundee and Newberg. Similar talks are set for later in April with councilors in St. Paul and Donald.

Reached at his Newberg office this week, Youngman declined to comment on a project that, if completed, would be only the third or fourth privately operated toll road west of the Mississippi River.

"We appreciate your call," he said. "We'll be in touch."

Phil Martinson, a West Linn civil engineer who has attended many of the same meetings with Youngman, said it's too early to say much about the project. "Hopefully, within a few weeks, I can give you something more," he said.

Youngman, according to meeting minutes, told Dundee City Council members in October that the Coastal Parkway's financial backers want to proceed because they don't believe the long-planned and publicly financed Newberg-Dundee Bypass will ever be built.

He tagged the Coastal Parkway's estimated cost at $260 million and said the limited-access roadway's preferred option would have only three interchanges -- at Interstate 5, at Oregon 219 north of St. Paul and at Oregon 18 near Dayton. The route crosses prime farmland in the French Prairie area of northern Marion County.

Without one or the other projects, he said, commercial and commuter traffic on Oregon 99W through Dundee will continue to remain hopelessly gridlocked.

Asked to identify the Coastal Parkway's financial supporters, Youngman listed Hampton Lumber, Evergreen Aviation, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, the Oregon Trucking Associations and the Business Transportation Group.

Steve Zika, Hampton Lumber's CEO, said he wasn't familiar with details of the Coastal Parkway proposal, but said any alternative to the current congestion jamming Yamhill County's main highways would be welcome.

Bob Russell, executive director of the Oregon Trucking Assocations, said his organization "has not indicated its support for any alternative to the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, "nor have we provided any financial backing."

None of the other groups cited by Youngman as backers immediately returned calls.

Sterling Anderson, Marion County's planning manager, said that even if sufficient funding is found, the Coastal Parkway will run into significant legal and regulatory obstacles.

State requirements mandating that exclusive farmland remain in parcels of at least 80 acres, for instance, would have to be addressed, since a new road running through the middle of that land would create two parcels of 40 acres each, he said.

In addition, the need to build a new bridge crossing the Willamette River, and perhaps the Yamhill River, would present huge hurdles for developers.

"This would be the biggest, most significant land-use case the county has dealt with in my 26 years here," Anderson said. "And the biggest road project since I-5 was built."

State Transportation Department officials have sat in on several of Youngman's presentations, but said it's too early to assess the project's chances of success.

"We're treating it as if it were a private development," said Tim Potter, ODOT's Area 3 Region 2 manager. "When it's to the point they want to talk seriously about traffic impacts and the exact locations of tying into our road system, we'll roll up our sleeves and get serious."

Local residents, meanwhile, say that French Prairie farmland is not for sale, certainly not for a new highway.

"Farmers here are united," said Marcie Garritt, a St. Paul resident and member of the town's planning commission. "Whether the route would cross their land or not, they all agree -- you don't do this to farmland."

-- Dana Tims
__________________
Suburban kid, wishing he lived in a urban jungle.

Stop building out, start building up, BUT DO IT RIGHT the first time....so we dont have to come back and fix our mistakes 50 years from now.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #98  
Old Posted Apr 6, 2010, 12:05 AM
bvpcvm bvpcvm is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Portland
Posts: 2,735
I really doubt this will ever happen. It is interesting that these pro-driving people are trying to tout it as something good for the environment.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #99  
Old Posted Apr 6, 2010, 2:26 AM
WonderlandPark's Avatar
WonderlandPark WonderlandPark is offline
Pacific Wonderland
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bi-Situational, Portland & L.A.
Posts: 4,129
This is arguably the most needed highway in the state of Oregon, sadly, it will probably never happen.
__________________
"The large print giveth and the small print taketh away"

travel, architecture & photos of the textured world at http://www.pixelmap.com
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #100  
Old Posted Apr 6, 2010, 3:07 PM
JordanL JordanL is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,004
Doesn't this involve a new bridge over the Willamette?
Reply With Quote
     
     
This discussion thread continues

Use the page links to the lower-right to go to the next page for additional posts
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > United States > Pacific West > Portland > Transportation & Infrastructure
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 1:59 PM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.