ODOT holds Open House for bike/pedestrian improvements
Oregon's Department of Transportation has plans to build a pedestrian and bike path on the north side of Highway 211 starting with a new sidewalk just off Highway 213 near the Safeway Shopping Center and moving past Industrial Way across Bear Creek to South Ona Way. It also will feature a new pedestrian bridge over Bear Creek.
This plan is designed to make it safer and easier for those walking or biking to Molalla River Middle School as well as to other community resources.
To show people what is going to happen, ODOT held an Open House at the Molalla Public Library on Oct. 2. Many people attended the Open House, which featured maps and ODOT representatives who answered questions.
Currently, there is little to no space for pedestrians and bicyclists to access commercial services near Highway 213 and downtown Molalla. Besides the path and new lighting for higher visibility there will be curb ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disability Act.
Construction is planned to have little impact on traffic when building begins this upcoming summer. But there will possibly be temporary lane closures and occasional flagging for travelers on the highway. Some curb ramps and driveways will be reconstructed and temporary pedestrian access routes will be provided. There are no plans to inconvenience access to homes, businesses or other destinations and/or travel routes during construction. The project is estimated to cost $2.8 million with the city of Molalla contributing a part of the bill.
ODOT currently is working on the design with construction scheduled to be complete by early 2021. The path itself is scheduled to be 10-feet wide with a five foot buffer between Industrial Way and the east corner of a future multi-family development. They also plan to install lighting at the crossing at Highway 211 and the east side of North Hezzie Lane.
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