Road and bridge completion over railroad tracks celebrated with Monday morning event

by: RAY HUGHEY - A line of classic cars travels over the newly completed bridge on Sequoia Parkway. Under sunny skies and with plenty of excitement, Canby showcased its ability to 'bridge' some roadway issues.

On Monday, the city of Canby celebrated the completion of the final phase of the Sequoia Parkway extension, including the newly built road and bridge over the Oregon Pacific Railroad, with a grand opening event.

A good-sized crowd gathered in the morning along Sequoia Parkway near Township Road to see Canby Mayor Brian Hodson cut the ribbon that marked the opening of the new roadway.

A parade of classic cars officially christened the bridge.

by: RAY HUGHEY - Canby Mayor Brian Hodson (with scissors) officially opens the new section of Sequoia Parkway Monday. The nearly $3.8 million Urban Renewal District project improves access, provides utilities and related amenities for industrial land in the Canby Pioneer Industrial Park. This investment makes over 60 acres of prime rail-served industrial land ready for development. These sites are actively on the market. The project took just over a year to complete with a four month break during the winter season.

Finishing the road has been a goal of the Canby Urban Renewal Agency for many years. It will provide efficient internal circulation within the industrial park as well as gain access from the southeast and Highway 99E through the industrial park to Southeast 13th Avenue.

Another benefit from the extension of Sequoia Parkway to Southeast 13th Avenue was identified in the city's 2010 Transportation System Plan Update. The connection will help reduce traffic on South Redwood Street between South Township and 13th Avenue, which is a residential area.

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