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$250M project aims to provide options for residents who are now forced to drive

Clackamas County officials this month are hosting a meeting to discuss regional project goals in the face of the proposed transportation bond that Metro's elected officials are potentially referring to voters in 2020.

PHOTO COURTESY: ODOT - This map reflects the first phase of the Sunrise project completed in 2016.Clackamas County officials have asked Metro for consideration on funding toward the estimated $250 million to complete the second phase of the Sunrise Corridor, which would run east from 122nd Avenue toward Damascus. Two lanes of traffic in either direction — along with a new multi-use pathway — now run through the Clackamas Industrial Area, and commissioners hope the Sunrise Corridor's extension will provide access to developable lands to the east.

PHOTO BY RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Gov. Kate Brown speaks at the 2016 dedication of the new Sunrise Expressway.The first phase of the Sunrise Corridor expressway — between Highway 224 to Milwaukie's connection to Interstate 205 and the intersection of Highway 212 and 122nd Avenue — was completed in July 2016. Most of its $130 million price tag was paid by the Oregon Department of Transportation — $100 million of it from the 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act, which provided a total of $1 billion for state highways over several years — and Clackamas County right-of-way purchases.

Clackamas County officials envision that the Sunrise Corridor project's second phase would construct a two-lane meandering roadway with a separated multi-use path. With a proposed speed limit of 40-45 mph on the project's second phase (about 10 mph lower than the first phase), officials see the latest project as opportunity to transition the existing Highway 212 to an urban arterial that will provide biking, walking and PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - A second phase of the Sunrise' project seeks to reduce congestion between Highway 224's interchange with Interstate 205 heading east to Damascus.transit options to residents. Many citizens in the area are often located less than half a mile from schools, parks and other amenities, but are forced to use motorized vehicles because there are no other safe options.

A virtual tour will be part of the presentation from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Room 115 of Clackamas County's Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.


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