Molalla Highway 211 project continues to move along
The Oregon Department of Transportation continues to work with the City of Molalla on a major improvement project along Highway 211 between Highway 213 and North Hezzie Lane. The goal of the project is to enhance safety and operations and provide a more efficient route for people walking, biking, driving or using the transit area.
The project takes another step this week when construction crews began laying the aggregate base for the 10-foot shared use path and will be paving the newly constructed path on Wednesday, Oct. 6 (weather permitting).
"The Highway 211/Main Street Bike/Ped Improvement is a positive addition to the Molalla community," City Manager Dan Huff said. "Since before I arrived here in Molalla, community members have pushed for safe pedestrian routes along the state highway. This project provides a large portion of this need and makes it possible for people using bicycles or walking to be safer along this busy roadway. Development connections have also added need safety features that further benefit the community."
Travelers should expect flaggers directing traffic while paving occurs.
A newly constructed sidewalk near Safeway is now open. Crews installed a new bridge along Highway 211 over Bear Creek recently, which will provide safe access for people walking and biking where previously users shared the narrow highway bridge.
Construction on new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps continues throughout the project area. Electrical work to install additional lighting at the pedestrian crossing on Highway 211 on the east side of North Hezzie Lane is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
The project will include daytime and nighttime work. Residents should expect elevated noise and lighting during these periods.
Construction on this project began in March and is tentatively scheduled to be completed this fall.
Additionally, plans are in place to design and construct a roundabout at Highway 213 and Tolliver Road as part of safety improvement at the intersection. Design work will continue through 2022 with construction slated for some period of time in 2023. The improvements on Highway 211 will also include a new traffic signal at 211 and Molalla Avenue.
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