from left: Jason Tell, Region 1 Manager: Dave Hunt former speaker of the House: Brent Kerr, President, Kerr Contractors; Paul Savas, County Commissioner, Tootie Smith, County Commissioner; Karmen Fore, Governor's Transportation Advisor; Ann Lininger, Oregon Iron Works; John Ludlow, Chair, County Commission; Martha Schrader, County Commissioner, Reprentative Shamia Fagan; Matt Garrett, ODOT Director and Senator Alan Olsen.
Federal, state and local dignitaries broke ground on the $118 million project on July 31
This new highway will ease traffic congestion, strengthen the Clackamas County jobs climate and construct the first new state road in the Portland area in more than 30 years. About $100 million of the cost of the Sunrise JTA Project will come from funds generated by the JTA, the Jobs and Transportation Act, which was adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to improve and upgrade the state's transportation system.
Major project elements include:
· A new two-mile, two-lane limited access highway -- one lane in each direction -- from OR 224 at Interstate 205 to Southeast122nd Avenue at OR 212/224. It will be the Portland area’s first new state road in more than 30 years.
- A new I-205 overcrossing connecting Southeast 82nd Drive with 82nd Avenue.
- Improvements to the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and OR 212/224.
- Better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
- Major upgrades including improved traffic signals, signs, striping, drainage and water quality.
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 project will sustain hundreds of family wage construction jobs for the duration of the work, help sustain the 5,900 jobs already in the area and create a robust economic climate for new jobs in the years to come. Major employers include distribution centers for Safeway and Fred Meyer, which see thousands of trucks come and go every day.
The project is designed as a way to boost jobs in the industrial district by improving freight mobility with improved travel times. It will reduce delays, relieve congestion on OR 212/224, I-205 and 82nd Drive and bring close to 20,000 vehicles a day onto the new road, easing congestion on existing roads.
Construction of the Sunrise JTA Project is expected to be completed by summer 2016.
For the most current information about the Sunrise JTA Project, click on the links below.
Sunrise Fact Sheet Summer 2013
Frequently Asked Questions
Project Construction Impacts
Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections
Oregon company wins Sunrise Corridor contract
Public and private leaders cheer the plan to save existing jobs and encourage new ones
Kerr Contractors of Woodburn, OR 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 $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.
JTA, the Jobs and Transportation Act, is a funding plan adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to improve and upgrade the state’s transportation system. 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.
Reaction to the Wednesday announcement was immediate.
“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.”
“This project is absolutely critical to the 1,000 Fred Meyer employees and contractors in the Clackamas Industrial Area,” said Melinda Merrill, public affairs director for Fred Meyer. “This company moves more than 1,500 trucks in and out of our distribution center every day. We have worked hard over the last few years to make this project happen because we want to remain a vital part of the community for our employees, our contactors and for the neighborhood.”
“Everyone at Kerr Contractors is enormously pleased to be a part of this project,” said Tim Kerr, company vice president. “We look forward to taking part in an effort to improve the jobs climate in Clackamas County and will work together with ODOT to minimize impacts for the traveling public.”
“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.”
“It’s wonderful to see the funding allocated through the Jobs and Transportation Act doing exactly what our community needs - creating jobs and building infrastructure to support future economic growth,” state Sen. Chuck Thomsen.
“This project will accelerate the Clackamas economy, both for the 5,900 people working there today and for the many jobs it will attract in the coming years,” said state Rep. Brent Barton. “The project means jobs, improved freight access, and safer and more efficient access for everyone.”
“It's great to see this project moving forward on time, under budget, and with an Oregon company at the lead,” said Rep. Shemia Fagan. “The Sunrise project will bring much needed construction jobs, in addition to the long-term jobs that will be created through improved freight mobility and a thriving industrial district. I'm glad to see all the stakeholders working together on this and I will continue my work to protect the funding source for this important project.”
“We’re pleased to achieve this milestone,” said ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell. “Our state lawmakers have shown great trust in ODOT by approving the JTA. We are repaying that confidence by making sure these funds are spent on time, on budget and in ways that will improve the lives of Oregonians.”
Construction of the Sunrise JTA Project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016.