Congressman Kurt Schrader, and other local officials and dignitaries will mark the beginning of the long-awaited Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility Project with a special groundbreaking event on Tuesday.
Construction is expected to begin in mid July. Most of the funding for the project comes from the Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA), a funding plan adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to improve and upgrade the state's transportation system.
Major project elements include: OR 214/219 improvements to a half mile east and west of the interchange; a reconstructed interchange that includes higher capacity on and off ramps, and wider bridge over I-5; new multi-modal transit/park and ride facility with electric vehicle charging stations; and "gateway" design package that will be unique to Woodburn and promote economic development.
The project will: significantly improve the normal traffic flow and reduce travel time in and around the interchange; improve safety in the interchange area where several of the state's worst crash sites are located; support economic development in Woodburn and the surrounding area; and create or preserve hundreds of family wage jobs in the Woodburn area and in Oregon during and shortly following construction.
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