Bypass Project Inflicting Collateral Damage

Some Yamhill County property owners will be affected by state officials’ efforts to secure right-of-way

by Neil Olsen

The Oregon Department of Transportation is moving forward with Phase 1 of its Newberg-Dundee Bypass project. As designed, the $760 million project calls for an 11-mile, fourlane expressway around Newberg and Dundee, diverging from Oregon Route 99W northeast of Newberg and converging with it at the OR 18/99W junction near Dayton.

Though the full project is approved by state and federal authorities, full funding is not available. The Oregon Legislature, the federal government, Yamhill County, the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, and the cities of Newberg, Dundee and McMinnville are contributing money to the $262 million Phase 1. This portion includes a four-mile, two-lane expressway diverging from OR 99W at OR 219 in Newberg and converging with OR 99W just south of Dundee…

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