Here are updates on Canby's traffic signal, Wi-Fi in the parks and the quiet zone and arch project.

In addition to the splash pad at Maple Street Park, which is expected to be done by Aug. 31, the city of Canby has some other projects in the works. Interim City Administrator Amanda Zeiber provided an update on each of them.

Sequoia traffic signal

A traffic signal is going in on Sequoia Parkway where it intersects Southeast Hazeldell Way and the Fred Meyer parking lot.

According to Zeiber, the signal is on track to be operational the second week of July with the full project complete by the end of July.

As of June 19, the electrical panels and signal poles were being installed and tested.

But completion of roadwork in the area is delayed because of the rainy weather in June. With improved weather, Zeiber said the work is likely to begin at the beginning of July.

Wi-Fi in the parks

Wi-Fi from DirectLink is coming to Canby's parks.

The process already has begun at Wait Park but is not yet complete. The underground boring started last week at Legacy Park. It will take longer to finish Locust Street Park because DirectLink must bring fiber all the way in from South Township Road.

Zeiber hopes this project will be complete by mid-July.

Quiet zone/Arch

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF CANBY - Pictured is a rendering of the Grant Street gateway arch.Coming soonish to Canby's downtown are a quiet zone where trains will not blow their whistles at night and a gateway arch.

With the quiet zone project comes road improvements, additional signage, larger crossing arms and additional lighting at the crossings on Elm, Grant and Ivy streets. The gateway arch project involves the erection of a stone archway at Grant Street where it intersects Highway 99E.

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. provided the city with a list of items needed before construction on the projects can take place.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, many of these items are taking longer to complete than usual.

First off, the city needs an order from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Once it is sent, the city and Union Pacific Railroad have 30 days to sign. Without a pandemic as a factor, the final order usually would take about two weeks to complete after all signatures are obtained.

Second, the city is waiting for the Construction and Maintenance Agreement from Union Pacific. Typically, the railroad starts this agreement after the ODOT order is signed.

Finally, the city needs to finalize a construction agreement with the contractor. Zeiber said the agreement likely will be ready for approval by mid-July.

Kristen Wohlers
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