I'm back with another installment of Tarkusian Cities. We'll be continuing the Highway 215 Chemeketa Parkway project with Phase 3, which will construct a freeway to connect Downtown Chemeketa to Highway 15 to the northeast, through the fast-growing northern suburbs.
Because there were so many images that resulted during the construction of Phase 3, I've actually split Phase 3 into two parts.
Phase 3A of the Chemeketa Parkway project will continue the construction of the Chemeketa Parkway (Highway 215), access-controlled freeway, from the Highway 219/71st Avenue SPUI to Bushnell Road NE. As part of the project, some nearby transportation facilties will also be upgraded, including realignment of the Bushnell Road/Progress Street NE intersection, and improvements to the Windsor Industrial Rail Spur.
This is an overview of the project area (facing north). The town in the upper left (northwest) corner is Windsor, a rural suburb of Chemeketa with a population of roughly 2000.
This is at the intersection of Bushnell Road NE and Progress Street NE (facing north), two major roadways in this vicinity, which will be realigned in order to accommodate the freeway alignment and improve traffic flow.
This is where the Chemeketa Parkway will meet the rail spur to the industrial area (facing north). In order to keep the freeway fully access-controlled, it will require the road to become elevated, in addition to realignment of the spur.
Here is where the spur meets the mainline of the railroad (facing north). This mainline is one of the most important in the entire region, connecting the entire Willamette Valley.
Constructio begins on the spur (facing north).
Here is where the spur meets Highway 219 (facing north) just south of Windsor. The cross street at the top is Withnall Way NE.
Here is where the spur reaches the heavy industrial area (facing north), near the intersection of 99th Avenue NE and MacFarland Road NE. As part of the realignment, the spur will be upgraded to two tracks between the industrial park and the mainline.
Here is work on the freeway overpass over the spur (facing north).
This is where the Chemeketa Parkway meets the mainline (facing east), under construction.
This is at the intersection of Bushnell and Progress again (facing east). As you can see, the curve on Progress is right in the way of the freeway alignment. To that effect, Progress will instead head north and connect directly into the northern segment of Bushnell.
Paving underway (facing east).
The realignment is open, and traffic from the southern segment of Bushnell can temporarily access Progress and the northern segment sing the temporary connector road.
This is further north along the realignment section that is now completed (facing east), though as you can see, some motorists don't seem to have gotten the message (must be GPS users).
This is the southern part of the realignment (facing east). The southern segment of Bushnell will directly T into Progress Street, and to mitigate any confusion with navigation and emergency vehicle dispatch, the southern segment will be renamed 82nd Avenue NE between Progress and Ashcroft.
The new 82nd/Progress/Bushnell intersection will be signalized with added turn lane capacity (facing north).
And it's now opened up (facing north). And apparently, those GPS users still haven't a clue.
The temporary connector is now closed off (facing north), and the remnant of the northern segment of Bushnell has been realigned to end at a cul-de-sac just north of the freeway, to allow access to the local farms.
Work can now commence on building the freeway and the Bushnell Road interchange (facing north)
And here's an image of the interchange, completed (facing west).
That does it for this update. I'll be back with Phase 3B soon, which will go up to the Ashcroft Street interchange.