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October 26, 2012
Local, State and Federal
Partners Celebrate Substantial Completion
Approximately 70 people braved the cold
weather on the morning of October 24th to celebrate substantial completion of the Jughandle Project. The City was honored
to be joined by some of the elected officials and agency representatives who made the project possible through their partnerships
and advocacy for transportation investments (Scroll down to watch a video of the event).
Neeley was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and the speakers included U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader, State Representative
Dave Hunt, State Representative Bill Kennemer, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, Clackamas County Chair Charlotte Lehan,
ODOT Director Matt Garrett, the Governor’s Sustainable Communities and Transportation Policy Advisor Lynn Peterson,
and City Manager David Frasher. Other partners in the audience included the Federal Highway Administration District Administrator
Phillip Ditzler, ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell, and former City of Oregon City Mayor Alice Norris.
State of Oregon provided $22 million for construction of the project through the Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009. The
U.S. Congress contributed $2.5 million for design and engineering through the Federal Highway Administration’s SAFETEA-LU
program and the City provided an additional $2.3 million for engineering and right-of-way acquisitions.
Neeley and ODOT Director Matt Garrett cut the ribbon, with Representative Bill Kennemer, Governor Kitzhaber’s
Policy Advisor Lynn Peterson, Clackamas County Chair Charlotte Lehan, U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader, Metro Councilor
Carlotta Collette, Representative Dave Hunt, and City Manager David Frasher
U.S. Congressman Kurt
Director Matt Garrett
October 9, 2012 Community Invited to Grand Opening Celebration
October 1, 2012 Grand Opening Celebration Scheduled for October 24th
The contractor is ahead of schedule
and will be finishing the remaining major elements of the Jughandle Project in the next month! The City is planning a grand
opening celebration to be held on Wednesday, October 24th at 10 am. Save the date to celebrate the completion of one of the
largest transportation projects in the City's history with the project team and the officials who helped make the project
September 18, 2012 New Oregon City Sign Installed
The contractor has completed the
basalt rock foundation for the new “Oregon City, End of the Oregon Trail” sign. The original wood sign had decayed
after 20 years of service and settled into a lopsided position. The new sign is a replica of the original and was created
by the same carver, West Linn resident John Forsloff. Mr. Forsloff used a rubber mallet and chisel to hand carve the sign
from a 2000 pound piece of laminated cedar. The sign is coated with an acrylic paint to help protect it for another twenty
years. Landscaping around the sign will be installed next.
August 17, 2012 Clackamas River Drive to Reopen, Divided Highway Begins Aug 27 The
contractor is scheduled to reopen the closed stretch of Clackamas River Drive near the Hwy 213 intersection on August 27. The roadway was closed for six weeks to
realign, widen, and lower it to match the grade
of the adjoining new roundabout. This stretch of Clackamas River Drive forms one of three
approaches to the roundabout. With its completion, the City’s only roundabout will be fully operational for the first
Once Clackamas River Drive reopens, problematic left turns across the
highway near the I-205 interchange can be permanently replaced by routes that loop underneath the highway. The contractor
will install barrels on the Hwy 213 centerline overnight on August 26 to prevent left turns and straight movements across
the highway at the northbound I-205 ramps and at the intersection with Clackamas River Drive and Prairie Schooner Way (formerly
Left turns and straight movements across the highway
at these locations contribute to traffic congestion and the risk of accidents. A divided highway that only allows right turns
and through (north-south) travel will help reduce conflict points, dangerous vehicle cross weaving, and the wait time at the
Hwy 213 traffic signal. The contractor will install a permanent concrete median to replace the temporary barrels this fall.
The new Washington Street underpass beneath Highway 213 will open to
traffic for the first time and be put to immediate use as part of a detour route for a closure on Clackamas River Drive. The
contractor is temporarily closing an approximately 600-foot stretch of Clackamas River Drive near its intersection with Highway
213 beginning July 17.
The closure, scheduled to last up to six weeks, will allow the contractor to realign, widen, and lower the existing
roadway by about 8 feet in order to match the grade of the new underpass and an adjoining new roundabout.
The signed detour route
for the closure will direct motorists traveling west on Clackamas River Drive through the new roundabout and along the Washington Street underpass in order to access
Highway 213 from the west. The reverse route will be signed for motorists traveling from Highway 213 and Washington Street
to Clackamas River Drive. A map of the detour route is available on the Detour Info page.
Washington Street Underpass
Washington Street-Clackamas River Drive intersection at new roundabout
June 5, 2012
May 2012 Construction Progress
contractor made significant progress this spring on the improvements to Washington Street and Clackamas River Drive. The following
snapshots show some of the new project elements that will transform the way that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists travel
through this area.
Crews have finished excavation for the Washington Street underpass below the new Highway 213
bridge. The contractor is on schedule to complete construction of the new roadway this summer.
Crews have installed the center of the new Clackamas River Drive roundabout. All of the modifications to
Clackamas River Drive are expected to be completed on schedule by this fall.
New lighting, traffic signal poles, and sidewalks are in place
along Washington Street.
April 13, 2012
Rapid Bridge Construction
Highway 213 reopened
to traffic ahead of schedule after a four-day closure to install the new bridge. The closure brought traffic delays on adjacent
streets but means motorists will see no other weekday lane closures on the highway over the course of the project. “Thank
you to all motorists who were inconvenienced by this delay,” said Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley. “We certainly
realize this closure required some patience but I think everyone will see real advantages when the project is complete.”
Now that the bridge is in place, Mowat is able to
move forward with construction of the Washington Street underpass. This involves excavating approximately 8,000 cubic yards
of material under the bridge, building retaining walls, and constructing the roadway and sidewalks.
The contractor is
excavating under the bridge to create the new Washington Street underpass.
These aerial photos were taken during the
first day of the closure:
of the Oregon Department of Transportation Photo and Video Services