The Oregon Department of Transportation’s long-awaited repaving and reconstruction of a busy, 1.5-mile stretch of Highway 99E through the heart of Canby is expected to kick off this week and continue through the fall of 2023.
ODOT says the estimated $20.2 million facelift will include new features and improvements to make driving, biking, walking, taking transit or using mobility devices safer and easier along Highway 99E in Canby.
The project will fully repave the entire section of Highway 99E from Berg Parkway to Pine Street, including excavation and replacement of several inches of roadbed and pavement, for a safer, smoother ride.
ODOT will also improve traffic signals with new detectors and crosswalks at South Elm Street, South Grant Street and South Ivy Street; reconstruct several short sections of sidewalk along the corridor; and update striping along the highway for consistent lane width to encourage slower, safer speeds.
New bicycle lanes will be added to both sides of the highway between Southwest Berg Parkway and South Elm Street and sidewalk curb ramps will be installed at all intersections to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and improve access.
Finally, the state says it will also partner with Canby Area Transit on improvements to increase safety and access for transit users as bus shelters are added in the area.
The project will start with the installation of new, ADA-accessible sidewalk curb ramps at 10 intersections and the reconstruction of several segments of sidewalk.
This phase, which is expected to continue through the spring, will include periodic single-lane closures on Highway 99E between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends, as well as side streets between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Shoulder closures on 99E will include signed and accessible detours for pedestrians.
During the drier months of 2023, ODOT crews will be tackling the grinding, excavation and rebuilding of the right lanes of Highway 99E down to the road base — which officials say will yield higher quality and longer-lasting pavement.
This phase will include nighttime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic on 99E, along with periodic day and nighttime lane closures on side streets.
Sections of the right lanes will be closed in each direction for up to a month at a time. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for people biking in the remaining lanes.
A full weekend closure of Highway 99E will occur in both directions to remove the unused railroad tracks that cross the roadway diagonally near South Pine Street and realign the tracks still in use at the highway crossing.
ODOT says it will announce these closure dates and detour information in advance.
For more information about the project, including frequently asked questions, or to subscribe for updates, visit bit.ly/canbypaving.
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