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Beyond the new bridge lies many more new projects for the community of Molalla

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF MOLALLA - Molalla now boasts a pedestrian bridge over Bear Creek between Highway 211 and Toliver Road.In addition to new retail stores, Molalla also now has a new wooden foot bridge over Bear Creek that allows locals to walk or ride safely between Highway 211/Main Street and Toliver Road.

According to City Manager Dan Huff, the bridge has been a long time coming.

"Our community has been discussing the need for bike/pedestrian improvements in this part of town since before I arrived," Huff Said.

But several things had to be put in place before the bridge could be built. The first phase was annexing land, which the city accomplished in 2014. Then the city had to wait for the Oregon Department of Transportation to begin the bike and pedestrian path work on Highway 211.

Then came the bridge, and the projects do not stop there.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF MOLALLA - The bridge is one of many projects planned for Molalla in coming years, including a new park just north of this bridge.

Phase 4 of this plan is the development of a park just north of this bridge, according to Huff. The city is just starting that process with the help of a new Park Community Program Committee co-chaired by Councilors Jody Newland and Crystal Robles.

"This beautiful new bridge is the first of many projects coming to Molalla," Newland said. "We will be having our first parks committee meeting in October, and we have many projects to discuss. We have funding identified and are ready to get going.

"Molalla deserves great things, and we are excited to see existing parks get much needed repairs and new parks coming to our town."

Kristen Wohlers
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