I experienced a boot sector failure on my laptop's hard drive about a week ago, but fortunately, I've been able to recover my important things--including the Chemeketa region. I'm now running on a semi-new (larger) hard drive I scavenged out of my old HP laptop (itself a replacement for when the boot sector failed on that laptop's original drive), on which I've installed the preview of Windows 8 after a re-format. Now that the technical issues are sorted out, it's once again update time.
I've responded to all the replies on the last entry here [link]--thank you all for the great feedback and entertaining comments on it!
This update, we'll be taking a look at some development projects happening in East Chemeketa, right in the vicinity of the Highway 15/39th Avenue SPUI featured in Update 83. The high-tech boom in this area has also brought on a wave of commercial office and residential development, as well as some new infrastructure to handle all of it.
To go along with the new update, I've produced another edition of the full regional map: Full Regional Map
Here's a link to a smaller map of the exact area (click to expand):
Both feature the full build-out of the area we'll be looking at with this update, including previously identified "Project 13"--the extension of Noah Street NE.
This first image is of the initial work on the 5-way "starpoint" roundabout being built, where Noah Street will intersect extensions of Bernard Way NE and Flenderson Road NE, as well as a new east-west collector route designed to serve the area, 35th Avenue NE (facing north).
This is right near where 35th will intersect Halpert Road NE (facing north). Halpert will be widened to 4 lanes through the new intersection.
Here's the initial build of the intersection to provide construction access (facing north), before development goes in and 35th gets widened to include a center turn lane.
Here's the intersection after 35th is widened and development has gone in. As you can see, it's become a happening spot (facing north).
This is at the intersection of 39th and Halpert, previously re-built in Update 83, after more development (facing north).
Here's a couple of the "starpoint" in action, with the residential development having gone in around it. The planners behind these subdivisions wanted to create a distinctive and interesting street layout.
This is at the intersection of 39th/Hudson and Flenderson, post-development (facing north).
The fractional angle road here (yet to be named) was built as a collector off of Hudson Road NE to access some residential spots to the north.
It currently dead-ends here, but future plans entail extending it to Flatwood Road NE (facing north).
Finally, as there's been questions regarding the little "tail" that extends off of the Highway 15/215 "Flugelhorn" interchange and extends to Halpert Road, I thought I'd show what's been happening up there. There's been both some residential and high-tech development in the area (both facing north).
That does it for this update. The next two updates will be back in familiar stomping grounds, and then I may take some interesting detours after that . . .