Well, I'm back with another update. We'll be finishing up Phase 1 of the Chemeketa Parkway, and the long-awaited mosaic fest will be here next update.
ORDOT is still hard at work on Phase 1 of the Chemeketa Parkway project, which will upgrade a short stretch of Highway 219 in Chemeketa to 4-lane expressway standards. We left off last time with work still underway on converting the dangerous intersection at 39th Avenue Northeast to a full interchange.
Here's looking west at the current state of the interchange, with 39th closed off for the time being to allow for completion of the overpass.
Because the 33rd Avenue intersection is being converted to a RIRO (right-in, right-out) setup, a connector roadway is being constructed between 39th and 33rd just east of the interchange, which will have a signalized intersection with 39th. (facing west)
Here's a broader view of the connector being constructed. (facing west). One technical challenge will be the need for a bridge over Sorenson Creek.
Here's a broader view near the intersection of 39th and Progress (facing west). The remainder of the 2-lane section of 39th will be widened to 4 travel lanes with a center turn lane as part of the project.
Highway 219 also passes over Sorenson Creek, and to make way for the widening, a larger culvert is being built (facing west).
Construction is underway at 33rd and Highway 219, which is currently bearing a heavier brunt with the closure of 39th (facing west). As previously mentioned, it'll be converted to a RIRO setup once widening is completed on 219.
A lone bulldozer is prepping for the widening on 39th (facing west).
Widening in full swing (facing west).
Widening is now complete up to the section before the overpass (facing west). The intersection with the new connector road is getting in place as well, with the signal installed and being tested before opening everything to traffic.
39th has now been connected up with the overpass (facing west), and the connector road has partially been paved.
A little more in place (facing west). You can also see progress on the interchange--the ramps from northbound 219 onto 39th aren't yet in place.
Work on bridging the connector over Sorenson Creek (facing west).
This is where the connector meets 33rd Avenue (facing west). It's been paved on this side, and as you can see, there's a dump truck heading to the bridge site to finish up the project.
New northbound lanes getting in place on 219 (facing west). Traffic is still on the existing alignment, which will become the southbound lanes.
Since the connector road is now in place, ORDOT crews have now been able to close off the 33rd Avenue intersection with Highway 219 (facing west). The new northbound lanes are being paved.
Northbound lanes now striped, with the RIRO connection at 33rd in place (facing west).
The northbound offramp from 219 onto 39th is now in place, and the existing alignment has been switched over to its new purpose as southbound lanes (facing west). As you can see, ORDOT has also constructed auxiliary lanes for traffic merging onto 219 southbound from 39th westbound.
The RIRO at 33rd is now open, effectively marking the completion of the project (facing west).
Next update, we'll be looking at the final results of the Northern Crossing Project and Chemeketa Parkway Phase 1 with the long-awaited mosaic-fest. Hope you enjoyed this update!