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A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Long Park, near the fire hall, in downtown Molalla.

PEGGY SAVAGE - A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Long Park, near the fire hall.
A ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon will celebrate the completion of the Molalla Avenue improvement project in Molalla's downtown core.

With a price tag of $2.2 million, funded mostly through Urban Renewal, the improvements include upgraded water and sewer lines, a complete road reconstruction, street lighting, ADA compliant sidewalks and street trees, as well as a bike plaza to complement Long Park.

"We now have a walkable, and far more aesthetically pleasing down town," said Mayor Jimmy Thompson. "These improvements complete right on the heels of the unveiling of new banners bringing bright color to our downtown from a Ford Family Leadership cohort project. If you have not been downtown for a while, now is definitely the time to check it out."

The project broke ground more than a year ago and was at one time scheduled to be completed by October 2016.

"Traffic diversions and associated congestion have been the rule since," he said. "It is finally over. Our downtown is fully open for business again. The last year has not been easy for our local businesses. I would like to personally extend my gratitude to them for their patience and understanding, and hope that the improved accessibility brings even more guests to their doors."

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