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I-205 and OR 213 at the Washington Street Interchange Project
Oregon City Jughandle Project
The 2009 Oregon Legislature allocated $22 million through the Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA) to reduce congestion, increase safety, enable economic development opportunities and improve freight mobility at the OR 213 and Washington Street interchange. 
 
The I-205 and OR 213 project - also known as the Oregon City Jughandle project - is located at the Washington Street and I-205 interchange in the City of Oregon City in Clackamas County.  The project will bring safety and operational improvements to the interchange by improving the intersection of Highway 213 at Washington Street and by maintaining efficient bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.  Oregon City is the lead agency responsible for delivering the project. 
 
You can find more detailed information about the project at Oregon City's project website.

Project Description
Traffic to and from Washington Street will be served by a new Highway 213 undercrossing just southeast of the railroad, which will improve local connections and eliminate the need for left-turn and cross movements to and from Highway 213.
 
In the last federal reauthorization bill, the City of Oregon City received a federal earmark to develop improvements to the interchange.  Through the city's project development work (in partnership with ODOT), Oregon City has developed the I-205/OR 213 at the Washington Street interchange project, which will improve highway function and provide the additional capacity needed to proceed with development in the area.

Why the Project is Needed
The I-205/OR 213 interchange is a locally and regionally significant interchange along I-205.  Highway 213 provides access from the interstate to the southeast metro region, including Oregon City and areas further south.  While these areas are anticipated to grow quickly in the coming years, the I-205/OR 213 interchange is already at capacity.  The additional capacity gained by the I-205/OR 213 prject will be partially used to support development of the Oregon City "Regional Center" - a Metro 2040 designation given to signify an employment, cultural and residential center for approximatley 100,000 residents.  The additional capacity will also be used to support development in past urban growth expansion around Oregon City in Clackamas County.
 
Current traffic studies reveal existing safety issues, including backups on the interstate ramps and long traffic backups at nearby intersections.  In addition, weaving (congestion that results from motorists trying to move to the right while other motorists are simultaneously trying to move to the left) and general congestion will worsen as additional development occurs in the area, unless improvements are made.
 
For more information, visit Oregon City's project website.