I-5 Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility Project to kick off construction
K & E Excavating of Salem is the apparent low bidder to build the Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility. The project will significantly improve traffic flow and reduce travel time in and around the interchange, improve safety in the interchange area 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. Construction is expected to begin in mid-July.
Local elected officials are pleased to see the project moving forward. “This project has been many years in the making and we are very excited about the prospects of a new interchange that will reduce congestion, improve safety and increase job growth through increased economic development in the community,” said Woodburn Mayor Kathryn Figley.
Major project elements include:
· A reconstructed interchange that includes higher capacity on and off ramps and a wider bridge over I-5;
· Improvements to OR 214/219 a half mile east and west of the interchange that includes an additional travel lane in each direction, new 6-foot wide sidewalks for pedestrians, bike lanes, raised median with traffic signals; and dedicated turn lanes on to local streets;
· A new multi-modal transit/park and ride facility with electric vehicle charging stations;
· An extension of a local road to provide greater local interconnectivity and access to businesses;
· A “gateway” design package that will be unique to Woodburn and aesthetically pleasing sound walls that will reduce noise for nearby residents.
Most of the funding for the project comes from the Jobs and Transportation Act, a funding plan adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to improve and upgrade the state’s transportation system. The City of Woodburn also contributed $8 million to the project.
Construction of the Transit Facility and Evergreen Road will be completed by November 2013, and construction of the interchange should be completed in summer 2016. For more information, visit the project’s webpage.