N. 1st Place Roadway Improvements

North 1st Place in Hermiston.


ESTIMATED COST: $4,100,000 (funded with state transportation dollars)
  • Redevelops N. 1st Place from W. Hermiston Ave. north to W. Elm Ave.
  • Strengthens secondary north/south arterial west of railroad tracks
  • Rebuilds existing roadway and turn lanes
  • Installs curbs, gutters and sidewalks to meet ADA standards
  • Develops drainage and delineates parking while creating formal driveways
  • Coordinates work with water and wastewater departments, as well as outside utilities


North 1st Place is a critical secondary north/south arterial in Hermiston’s transportation system. The existing road is cracking, there are no sidewalks, and there is unrestricted access to the roadway from parking and undeveloped areas. Roadway improvements will prevent premature failure and ensure the road is functional for community and business use in the area.

In Progress

October 2015

City develops full project scope. For more project background, see the original 2015 1st Place Scoping Packet.

June 2017

Oregon Legislature passes House Bill 2017, approving funding for road projects statewide in 2023 including the 1st Place reconstruction.

October 2018

Umatilla County awarded a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails, and Conservation (NPS RTCA) program to plan the Umatilla River Trail.

February 2021

Umatilla River Trail Concept Draft Plan released, including a separated trail along N. 1st Place as a preferred alternative route.

July 2021

Design begins in conjunction with design work for N. 1st Water Line Replacement and Lift Station #6 Reconstruction.

April 2022

Initial roadway and pathway designs submitted for staff review.

July 2022

City Council approves bid for paving portion of NW 3rd to serve as detour during construction, which is anticipated to begin in Spring 2023.

September 2022

Initial driveway design completed.

Driveway coordination plan published.

October 2022

NW 3rd Place paved to be used as a detour during construction work on N. 1st Place in 2023.

November 2022

Pedestrian path lighting and landscape design finalized.

January 2023

Project advertised.

February 2023

The City Council approved a $3 million bid from Nelson Construction to complete the demolition and rebuild of the roadway, sidewalks, walking paths, driveways, and underground utilities on N. 1st Place.

May 2023

Nelson Construction begins excavation.

July 2023

Work continues with focus on water and sewer main replacement.

October 2023

Paving begins as final phase of project.

November 2023

N. 1st Place is re-opened to traffic between Hermiston Ave. and Elm Ave.

LAST UPDATED: 02/09/24

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