Sunrise JTA Project breaks ground
Kerr Contractors of Woodburn has won the contract to build the first phase of the Sunrise JTA Project that will ease traffic congestion, improve safety and strengthen the climate for new jobs in the OR 212/224 corridor. 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.
The $130 million Sunrise JTA Project will get started this summer and will include construction of the first new highway in the Portland area in decades. About $100 million of the cost of the Sunrise Corridor, which runs through the Clackamas Industrial Area, will come from funds generated by the JTA.
Major project elements include:
· A new two-lane limited access highway with one lane in each direction from the Milwaukie Expressway (OR 224) at Interstate 205 to Southeast 122nd Avenue at OR 212/224.
· A new Interstate 205 overcrossing that will connect SE 82nd Drive and SE 82nd Avenue.
· Improvements to the intersection of SE 122nd Avenue and OR 212/224.
· Better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
In addition, ODOT is working with Clackamas County to direct cost savings from the Sunrise JTA Project to fund a new Tolbert Street overcrossing. Tolbert Street is a Clackamas County road, and the county has requested funding to build a new overcrossing which would provide additional local access to businesses in the area.
The Clackamas Industrial Area is home to one of the state’s busiest and most critical freight distribution centers. Community development and industrial expansion in the Sunrise Corridor are expected to grow significantly, but today the existing OR 212/224 corridor cannot handle the increased demand. The Sunrise JTA Project will protect current jobs and encourage job growth by enhancing access and improve travel times between the Clackamas Industrial District and I-205.
Local elected official are happy that the project, which has been on the drawing board for decades, is finally moving forward.
“This is an exciting project that has been many years in the making. It will relieve traffic congestion along key roadways in Clackamas County and will promote job growth and retention,” said Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas. “These critical infrastructure improvements will increase motorist safety and allow for more efficient movement of trucks and vehicles through that area.”
Businesses in the area will see significant benefits from the project. “This project will significantly improve regional economic competitiveness,” said David Kelly, president and CEO of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, which represents about 500 members with 26,500 employees. “The Chamber has supported the general concept of this project for many years and looks forward to its creating better access to this vital industrial district.”
Construction of the Sunrise JTA Project should be complete in late 2015. For more information, visit the project’s webpage.