Highway 213 Jughandle Project

Jughandle Project in the News 
Oregon City's 'jughandle project' on Oregon 213 nears completion

August 23, 2012 - Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Clackamas River Drive closed for construction near Highway 213
July 17, 2012 - Raymond Rendleman, The Clackamas Review

Clackamas River Drive at Oregon 213 closed for 6 weeks
July 16, 2012 - Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Oregon City Public Works Director Nancy Kraushaar wins prestigious national award
April 18, 2012 - Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Time-lapse video shows Oregon City bridge installation; highway reopens Tuesday
March 26, 2012 - Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Oregon 213/I-205 closure ends early
March 26, 2012 - KGW NewsChannel 8

Highway 213 reopens ahead of schedule
March 26, 2012 - Raymond Rendleman, The Oregon City News

The new Oregon city bridge in time lapse
March 24, 2012 - Shannon Cheeseman, KATU

'Terrible' traffic clogs Oregon City during highway closure
March 23, 2012 - Rick Bella, The Oregonian

Bridge installation could snarl traffic on Hwy 213
March 23, 2012- Kristian Foden-Vencil, OPB

Highway 213 closed in Oregon City for new bridge
March 22, 2012 - KXL News

Four-day project will close I-205 ramps, part of highway in Oregon City
March 20, 2012 - Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Jughandle Project to close Highway 213 in Oregon City for four days
March 20, 2012 - Jeff Goodman, Molalla Pioneer

Detours about ready for 'Jughandle' bridge
March 20, 2012 - Raymond Rendleman, Oregon City News

Ore. City closures ahead of Hwy 213 Bridge
March 16, 2012 - Katherine Cook, KGW NewsChannel 8

Oregon 213 closure will create a four-day traffic jam as new bridge slides into place
March 16, 2012 - Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Jughandle project will detour traffic
March 13, 2012 - Raymond Rendleman, Oregon City News

Oregon City Bridge Project expected to cause gridlock, delays with temporary Oregon 213 closure
March 7, 2012 - Rick Bella, The Oregonian

Oregon 213 closure leads to rescheduled furlough days for Oregon City School District
February 14, 2012 - Nicole Dungca, The Oregonian

Drivers should prepare for Highway 213 closure in March
January 15, 2012 - Craig Loughridge, Molalla Pioneer

'Jughandle' work will close highway
January 11, 2012 - Raymond Rendleman, The Clackamas Review

Noise complaints sound off in OC

October 26, 2011 — Raymond Rendleman, The Clackamas Review

Oregon City highway pile-driving may cause some sleepless nights for nearby residents
October 20, 2011 — Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

Jughandle Project on Oregon 213 shouldn't stall traffic

May 27, 2011 — Emily Fuggetta, The Oregonian

To keep traffic moving, ODOT accelerates bridges
July 20, 2010 — Nathalie Weinstein, Daily Journal of Commerce

Adding a jughandle to Oregon 213 will take more than a year but it will unclog traffic at a congested intersection
July 10, 2010 — Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

'Jughandle' moves ahead
July 7, 2010 — Raymond Rendleman, The Clackamas Review

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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).


Mayor 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.


The 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.

Mayor 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

KurtSchrader.jpg         MattGarrett.jpg
U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader                          ODOT 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 possible.

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 time.

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 Washington Street).

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.

Maps of the routes that replace left turns across the highway are available on the Modified Travel Routes page.

July 13, 2012

Clackamas River Drive Temporary Closure


Roadway Opens Beneath New Highway 213 Bridge

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

The 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 a Success

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:




Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation Photo and Video Services

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