Construction to close Tooze, Grahams Ferry Road
Road construction on two projects north of Wilsonville's Villebois neighborhood will affect traffic at the interchange of Tooze Road and Grahams Ferry Road.
From Monday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 30, a short stretch of Tooze Road west of the interchange will close for construction with traffic being rerouted to Malloy Way to the north. Traffic will be allowed through this section over a gravel roadway during Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28).
The major disruption will last for three weeks between Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 22 when Grahams Ferry Road will be closed to all traffic except on weekends when the roadway is clear of workers. Residents requiring local access are allowed passage to homes within the closure area, but they should expect delays. Through traffic will be detoured onto Tooze Road and Malloy Way.
"The need for (road improvement) was identified by traffic studies showing that when the Villebois neighborhood reached full build out, this four-way stop interchange would no longer meet the City's standards for level of service," said Steve Adams, the City's development engineer.
According to Adams, the build-out of the Villebois neighborhood is at about 70 percent capacity. He said the improvements will bring the interchange at Tooze and Grahams Ferry roads up to standard to include protected left turns from all directions, bike lanes leading to and from the intersection and protected crosswalks for pedestrians.
The Villebois Neighborhood began development in 2003 when Costa Pacific Communities pitched the Villebois Concept Plan to the City calling for a minimum of 2,300 housing units as well as a mixed-use commercial center, public school, parks and an interconnected trail system to Coffee Lake Creek and other green space. The new plan updated the City's original land-use plan for the area adopted in 1997, but the Villebois Master Plan wasn't adopted by City Council until October 2013. The master plan included purchasing rights to a 43-acre site with plans to build 113 single-family homes. Today, the neighborhood has mostly filled out and is nearing completion of that 2013 master plan.
Elsewhere in the Villebois neighborhood, the City continues to update traffic interchanges. With increasing traffic and usage of the string of parks along Costa Circle at the community's core, the City has also decided to install a four-way stop at the intersection of Barber Street and Costa Circle West. This change will take place in the next few weeks, according to the City's website.