Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Starting Thursday, traffic traveling both directions on Highway 214 east of Interstate 5 will be shifted to the north side of the roadway.Starting on Thursday, traffic traveling in both directions on Highway 214 east of the Woodburn interchange between Broughton Way and Lawson Road will shift to the north side of the road as part of the interchange project.

The traffic shift is to accommodate construction activity that will begin on the south side of the road, according to a press release from Oregon Department of Transportation.

Also, around Sept. 17, the new bridge over Interstate 5 will be complete and all traffic will be using the new lanes on the north side the road in the interchange area, the release stated.

While motorists should not experience delays, it may take a day or two to get used to the new configuration. Other alignment changes are ongoing.

Signs will be posted warning motorists of the changes.

As with all the alignment changes on this project, motorists should proceed with caution and follow the signs and striping through this area.

Construction on the project began last summer. Most of the funding for the project comes from the Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA), a funding plan adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to improve and upgrade the state’s transportation system.

Major project elements include: Highways 214/219 improvements to a half mile east and west of the interchange; a reconstructed interchange that includes higher capacity on and off ramps, and a wider bridge over I-5; new multi-modal transit/park-and-ride facility with electric vehicle charging stations; and a “gateway” design package that will be unique to Woodburn and promote economic development.

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