Amazon.com project developers help fund traffic improvements
The developer of a local Amazon.com warehouse will chip in to fund the construction of a third lane beneath an Interstate 84 bridge in Troutdale.
Trammell Crow, the builder of a massive shipping center in the Troutdale-Reynolds Industrial Park, will shell out $383,600 to support the additional northbound lane on Graham Road, which leads to an I-84 on-ramp.
"We are doing the planning and development, and (Trammell Crow) owe us the money. We are just passing that on to the Department of Transportation," explained City Manager Ray Young during a Troutdale City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 10.
The entire project is expected to cost about $18.7 million, which will primarily replace the aging east and westbound crossings used by an estimated 25,000 motorists on I-84 each day.
The new bridges will also offer more clearance, as the current 13.5 feet of space is not enough to accomodate modern trucks.
Sidewalks and a bike lane will be added on the east side of Graham.
Young said Troutdale is merely acting as a "middle man" to facilitate this funding by Trammell Crow, which was a condition of approval for the project.
"We're not using any city money at all," Young noted. "Zero."
Intermittent single-lane closures and total nighttime closures are expected before construction work is completed in 2019 or 2020.