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FHWA Signs Record of Decision (ROD) on Sunrise Project FEIS
 
On Feb. 22, 2011, the Federal Highway Administration signed a Record of Decision (ROD) on the Sunrise Project. The Sunrise Project is an approximately five-mile, east-west oriented, limited-access highway from I-205 to the Rock Creek Junction in Clackamas County. The basis for FHWA's decision is provided in the Sunrise Project Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Final Environmental Impact Statement.
 
A claim seeking judicial review of FHWA actions on the highway project must be filed on or before Aug. 27, 2011. Please direct comments and questions on the Sunrise Project ROD to:
 
Michelle Eraut, Environmental Program Manager
Federal Highway Administration
530 Center Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 587-4716
 
For comments and questions on the Sunrise Project FEIS, please contact:
 
Thomas Picco, Senior Planner
Oregon Department of Transportation
123 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 731-8230
Thomas.J.PICCO@odot.state.or.us 

 
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Completed and Available for Download
 
The Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Clackamas County have completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Sunrise Project. The FEIS summarizes the estimated impacts that the Preferred Alternative may have on land uses, natural resources, transportation, and other elements that may be of interest to you. FHWA made final approval of the FEIS in a formal Record of Decision (ROD) on Feb. 22, 2011.
 
The FEIS is available online. There are also several public locations where you may view a paper version of the document.
 
Preferred Alternative Selected for FEIS (8/3/2009)
 
A committee of decision makers in the region has made its final recommendations for the Sunrise Project, a new limited-access highway extending east from the Milwaukie Expressway at I-205 to the Rock Creek Junction. At their final meeting on Wednesday, July 29th, the Policy Review Committee recommended the project be built with a midpoint interchange in the SE 122nd Avenue area. The preferred alternative also includes major improvements in the OR 212/82nd Drive intersection area, eliminating many left-turn movements from the intersection and 82nd Drive. This preferred alternative was also recommended by a majority of the Project Advisory Committee in May.
 
The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), published in fall 2008, contained an analysis of the potential environmental and community effects associated with the three alternatives being studied. The preferred alternative will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for approval.
 
County Media Release, July 30, 2009
 
Preferred Alternative Map

Also on July 29, 2009, Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed the Jobs and Transportation Act, which specifically provides $100 million to begin work on the Sunrise Project. An additional $30 million in state and federal funds are also available for the project. The combination of these funds will provide the opportunity for initial elements of the project to be built in the next several years. The full project is estimated at just over $1 billion.

As the local jurisdictions discuss the availability of funding and how to phase the project, the project team is preparing maps of the preferred alternative and collecting additional information to be published in the FEIS early next year.
 

Background
What is the history of the Sunrise Corridor? 
Why is this project a high priority? 
How will the final alternative be selected? 
What is happening to the east of this project?

Committees
Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meetings
 
Project Advisory Committee Roster 
For a list of meetings and meeting materials, click here




Policy Review Committee (PRC) Meetings 

Policy Review Committee Roster   
For a list of meetings and meeting materials, click here.
 

Public Meetings/Get Involved
Public Meetings
There are no public meetings scheduled at this time.
 
Public Meeting Archives
Project Newsletters
Project Newsletters
The following have been distributed by mail in the project area.
 
Additional mailings have been sent to targeted areas for entry to properties during field data collection, access management meetings around potential interchanges, and other specific area-related issues.

FEIS
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Completed and Available for Download
 
The Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Clackamas County have completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Sunrise Project. The FEIS summarizes the estimated impacts that the Preferred Alternative may have on land uses, natural resources, transportation, and other elements that may be of interest to you. FHWA made final approval of the FEIS in a formal Record of Decision (ROD) on Feb. 22, 2011.
 
The FEIS is available online. There are also several public locations where you may view a paper version of the document.
 

SDEIS
County and ODOT complete Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
In October 2008, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Clackamas County completed a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Sunrise Project. The agencies began work on the SDEIS in the spring of 2004. The SDEIS re-examines and builds on the information developed for the original Draft EIS completed in 1993.
 
Because there have been changes in the corridor since the original Draft EIS, the new SDEIS has:
  • Verified the project’s purpose and need
  • Explored design alternatives for the new highway and selected the alternatives to be studied in greater detail
  • Evaluated the potential environmental impacts (natural resources, social, economic, etc.) of the alternatives, including a do-nothing alternative
 
What happens in the SDEIS process? 
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a document that results from a public and scientific process where both the positive and negative social, economic, and environmental impacts of constructing a project are evaluated. It is required by federal law. Through the EIS process, the partner agencies identify community concerns and issues, develop alternative solutions, evaluate the impacts of those alternatives and select a preferred alternative. The Sunrise Project prepared a Supplemental Draft EIS because this project was studied previously in the 1990s, but not funded. The Supplemental Draft EIS verifies the project purpose and need and updates the project and the study of impacts based on changes that have occurred in the corridor since the earlier study.

IAMP
Interchange Area Management Plan (IAMP)
The cities of Happy Valley and Damascus, Clackamas County, and the Oregon Department of Transportation have been working to complete Interchange Area Management Plans (IAMPs) for three interchanges associated with the Sunrise Project - Rock Creek Junction near 162nd, Midpoint at 122nd, and Sunrise West at I-205 and OR 212/224. The purpose of an IAMP is to protect the function of the interchange and could mean property access and local access changes within a quarter of a mile of an interchange. There have been several open houses and small group meetings on the Sunrise IAMPs as they have been developed and refined.
 
The Sunrise IAMP documents are currently being compiled and will be posted.
 
Previous IAMP Meetings 
Final Review Drafts of the Sunrise Interchange Area Management Plans
Contact Information
For more information or to schedule a presentation for your group, contact:
 
Larry Conrad, Project Manager
Clackamas County
Development Services Building
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 742-4539
LarryC@co.clackamas.or.us 
 
Thomas Picco, Project Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation
123 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 731-8230
Thomas.J.PICCO@odot.state.or.us