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Preliminary work has begun on a major Highway 99E project in Canby that is slated to get underway in 2022

The Oregon Department of Transportation has some plans for a chunk of Highway 99E in Canby, with paving and improvement projects on tap in 2022.

This project will repave and reconstruct a one-mile stretch of Highway 99E between South Pine Street and Southwest Berg Parkway in Canby and make safety improvements to the tune of more than $9 million.

Design work began in 2019 and will continue through 2021, with construction planned to begin in 2022.

COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - A look at the length and breadth of the proposed highway project along a one-mile stretch of Highway 99E in Canby in 2022.

Here's what the project hopes to accomplish:

• Repave the highway for the entire length of the project for a safer, smoother ride.

• Improve traffic signals and crosswalks at South Elm Street, South Grant Street and South Ivy Street to increase safety for everyone. ODOT is studying locations where people cross Highway 99E and may close crosswalks that don't meet safety guidelines.

• Redesign and reconstruct the Southwest Fourth Avenue intersection near Southwest Berg Parkway for safer access near an essential destination.

• Reconstruct sidewalks on the south side of Highway 99E between La Conasuper Market and Rite Aid.

• Update striping along the highway for narrower and consistent lanes to encourage slower, safer speeds on the busy commercial street. This may allow for bicycle lanes on both sides of the highway between Southwest Berg Parkway and South Elm Street.

• Install sidewalk curb ramps at all intersections to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

• Remove unused railroad tracks. Realign tracks still in use that cross Highway 99E diagonally near South Pine Street to eliminate a hazard for anyone on two wheels.

• Partner with Canby Area Transit on improvements to increase safety and access for transit users as bus shelters are added in the area.

This project continues repaving eastward after a 2018 paving project on Highway 99E from Aurora to Southwest Berg Parkway

The project team will consult the city of Canby's 2012 99E Corridor and Gateway Design Plan to make changes at the Southwest Fourth Avenue intersection near Southwest Berg Parkway.

Additionally, Canby Area Transit is building new bus shelters in the project area. The project team is collaborating with the transit agency during design and will continue during construction.

The Clackamas County South Ivy Street project will construct bike lanes and sidewalks along South Ivy Street from Highway 99E to Lee Elementary School.

Construction is anticipated to begin summer 2022.

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