The road to better driving
As summer dawns and the battle against COVID-19 continues to present twists and turn, the city of Molalla has not been idle, nor have several road and highway projects that are coming down the pike.
In Molalla, several transportation related projects are currently underway throughout the city, with more to come in the future.
Public Works Director Gerald Fisher sees plenty of positives with the coming projects.
The following is a list of those projects and a brief description of the improvements planned.
OR 211 Bike & Ped Pathway (Project No. 17-04)
This project will design and construct new pedestrian improvements along the north side of Highway 211 (West Main Street) from Safeway Shopping Center to Ona Way. This project is a federally funded project with a city match and is managed by ODOT.
Construction bidding will begin in July and construction is anticipated to begin in late summer 2020.
"This project will improve pedestrian safety along the (Highway) 211 corridor until redevelopment of existing properties takes place," explained Fisher.
OR 213 & OR 211 All Roads Transportation Safety Improvements (Project No. 18-08)
This project will install interim safety improvements, such as lighting, at the intersections of Highway 213 at Toliver Road and Highway 211 at Ona Way. This is a federally funded project with a city match and is managed by ODOT.
The project will be designed and constructed by ODOT. Construction is anticipated some time in 2021.
"This (project) will install temporary safety measures until the roundabout at Tolliver and (Highway) 213 is constructed and redevelopment happens at Ona Way and 211," said Fishier.
OR 213-Toliver Road Roundabout (Project No. 18-08)
This project will design and construct a new single lane roundabout at the intersection of Highway 213 and Toliver Road. This is a federally funded project with a city match and is managed by ODOT. The project is currently in design with an anticipated construction start in the spring of 2023.
"This project is a much needed safety and congestion relieving project," said Fisher. "Traffic accidents have dropped since the city pushed for a speed reduction on Highway 213. The completion of the RAB and improvements in front of Tractor Supply will make the roadway safer for all users."
OR 211-Molalla Avenue Signal (Project No. 19-09)
This project will design and construct a signal at the intersection of Highway 211 (Main Street) and Molalla Avenue with left turn pockets in the east-west direction. This project is a privately funded development project with a city match and is managed by I&E Construction.
The project is currently in final design with an anticipated construction start in August 2020.
"This project will improve safety for pedestrians in the downtown commercial core, help alleviate traffic congestion in the downtown, and provide more gaps in traffic for side streets along Highway 211 near downtown," said Fisher.
Molalla Avenue Intersection Improvements — 5th & Heintz (Project No. 19-11)
This project will design and construct improvements to Molalla Avenue-5th Street and Molalla Avenue-Heintz Street intersections as part of the Transportation System Master Plan projects M29 and M30 to complete pedestrian crosswalk markings, all-way stops, and turn pockets in north-south directions. This project is a city funded project and is managed Public Works.
The project is currently in design with an anticipated construction start in July 2020.
"This is the last of the safety and congestion improvements at the two intersections on Molalla Avenue and will provide adequate capacity for the next 20 years," Fisher explained.
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