A summer of transportation groundbreakings
The I-5 Woodburn interchange project, which will rebuild the congested interchange between Interstate 5 and Oregon 214/219 while building a transit hub and improving bicycle and pedestrian connections in the interchange area, broke ground on July 29. More than 100 citizens and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the event, which officially kicked off the start of a project that was first discussed as early as 1999 – and one that is critically important for the city of Woodburn, Marion County and the state.
Speaking at the groundbreaking, ODOT Director Matt Garrett emphasized the multimodal concepts that are incorporated in the project as well as the overall importance of the project to the area’s economy. “ODOT is making a transformation to a multimodal agency and this project is an excellent example,” he said. “This project will play a supporting role in the economic development of the area, helping to create jobs and increase economic competitiveness and activity.”
When construction is completed in summer 2016, the project will significantly improve traffic flow and reduce travel time in and around the interchange, improve safety where several of state’s worst crash sites are located, improve connections to public transportation and support economic development in Woodburn and the surrounding area by making the area more dependably accessible. The project was funded by the Jobs and Transportation Act, the City of Woodburn and federal grants. Photos of the groundbreaking are available on ODOT’s Flickr webpage, and more information is available on the project’s webpage—www.woodburninterchange.com.
Just two days after the Woodburn interchange project broke ground, state and local dignitaries kicked off the long-planned Sunrise JTA Project. The $118 million project, which has been in the planning stages even longer than the Woodburn interchange, will mean more jobs and less congestion in Clackamas. The project will construct a new road connecting Oregon 212/224 to I-205 to ease traffic congestion, improve safety and strengthen the climate for new jobs in the Oregon 212/224 corridor, particularly the Clackamas industrial area that is home to one of the state’s busiest and most critical freight distribution centers. The project will reduce the annual delay for motorists by 980,000 hours and reduce the cost of congestion per year by $22.5 million. Most of the project’s funding will come from the Jobs and Transportation Act. Photos of the groundbreaking are available on ODOT’s Flickr webpage, and more information is available on the project’s webpage.
While the official groundbreaking on the Newberg-Dundee Bypass was held in 2012, work on the project also began this summer. The first contract for the project was awarded in the spring, and this summer the contractor will be hauling rock, sand, and dirt in and out of the area to prepare the area for road building, which will be contracted separately next year. To expedite the project’s schedule, ODOT is issuing four separate contracts for building Phase 1 of the project. By doing so, initial preparatory work can begin this summer while the bridge and road designs are being finalized. Construction of the Bypass will significantly reduce traffic congestion on Oregon 99W and improve livability and traffic flow in Newberg and Dundee. Most of the funding for the Bypass was provided by the Jobs and Transportation Act.
ODOT has consistently brought JTA projects in under their original budgets through effective cost-management and “practical design” that looks at cost-effective means of constructing projects, allowing the Legislature to redirect remaining funds to underfunded projects.
ODOT has developed an interactive map that shows the location of all the JTA projects, with details about their funding and status.