Burying utility lines for the Ivy Street project, slated to begin in 2023, will add $1.3 million to the cost

The Canby City Council agreed April 21 to participate with Clackamas County on a project to bury utilities underground for the future Ivy Street improvement project.

The council directed staff to proceed in working with the county to incorporate underground utilities, which was outside the original scope of the Ivy Street project. The estimated added cost, according to City Administrator Scott Archer, will be $1.3 million.

"Canby Utility Board has pledged to commit $300,000 to the cost, as this is the amount they estimated would be spent to relocate power poles and lines if the utilities were to remain overhead," Archer said.

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That means that the city's remaining cost to cover the undergrounding is $1 million. The council was presented with funding options and, in the end, chose to use available money from the city's street fund reserves.

The scope of the project is from 99E to just before Lee Elementary School. Archer said the project is still in the planning and design phase and about two years away from construction.

The project proposes to widen the roadway to three lanes and add bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides from Highway 99E to Lee Elementary School. A yellow and red flashing signal will be installed at the intersection of Ivy Street and Township Road.

The goal, according to the county's website on this project, is to provide a safe route for bikes and pedestrians along Ivy Street and provide a traffic signal at the intersection of Ivy Street and Township Road. The estimated cost of the project is $4.86 million. Funding is provided from the state-funded local projects fund, county road funds, and the city of Canby.

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