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Chemeketa: Eriksen/Scarlet Corridor Project, Phase 1

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Hi everyone-

Another construction project, another update. We'll be getting back to some familiar territory for this update . . .

I've posted up replies to the last update here.


Eriksen-Scarlet Corridor Project, Phase 1

Full regional map [link]

Project Area Map (dashed lines indicate realignments):

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The Eriksen-Scarlet Corridor Project is Project #6, as identified in the current list of Chemeketa-area capital improvement projects. Eriksen Drive NE was built to serve as a neighborhood collector route, providing access between Ashcroft Street NE and residential developments in the area, and was later extended eastward to Rankine Lane NE. Further development has elevated the traffic volumes on Eriksen beyond its capacity, and it has increasingly been used by motorists as a cut-through from Ashcroft to 52nd Avenue NE, via Scarlet Street NE. The situation is especially bad between Ashcroft and Tamarack, a 2-lane section with a 25mph speed limit.

This project has been designed to better accommodate current and future traffic patterns in the area. Phase 1 of the project will widen Eriksen from Ashcroft through the S-Curve to 4 travel lanes, while Phase 2 will reconstruct the Eriksen/Scarlet intersection, and build a new, 4-lane alignment of Scarlet between Eriksen and 49th Way NE.

This is the current state of the intersection at Eriksen/59th Avenue NE and Ashcroft Street NE (facing west).

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Just a little farther west, along 59th Avenue NE (facing west). The little stretch of 59th just west of the intersection with Ashcroft will need to be realigned to accommodate the widened Eriksen Drive.

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Construction begins (facing west):

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59th is temporarily closed off for realignment (facing west):

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Demolition along Eriksen. The widening will only claim two houses (facing west):

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Progress at the intersection with Ashcroft (facing west).

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The widening right near the intersection has been more or less completed (facing west).

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At the east end of the S-Curve (facing west).

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This is at Tamarack Street NE (facing west). The stretch along the S-Curve has been closed down to speed along the widening. Motorists are advised to use 52nd or 71st in the interim.

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The curve has been widened (facing west).

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The improved intersection at Tamarack (facing west).

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That does it for Phase 1. The next update will focus on Phase 2, the realignment of the eastern portion of the corridor.

-Tarkus



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The evolution of that road (noticed that NWM right turn lane by the way, looking forward to using that myself ;)) to avenue looks really realistic... Looks like Harmony Road in Milwaukie when it turns into Sunnyside Road (ironic because we've been about that Sunnyside corridor for a while now :P)

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[color=#58534B][font='Open Sans', Tahoma, Geneva, helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3]The evolution of that road (noticed that NWM right turn lane by the way, looking forward to using that myself [/size][/font][/color] ;)[color=#58534B][font='Open Sans', Tahoma, Geneva, helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3]) to avenue looks really realistic... That 8th picture looks like Harmony Road in Milwaukie when it turns into Sunnyside Road (ironic because we've been about that Sunnyside corridor for a while now [/size][/font][/color] :P[color=#58534B][font='Open Sans', Tahoma, Geneva, helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3])[/size][/font][/color]

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Nice construction... definitely an inspiration for scenery from my regions. Look forward to seeing how the project wraps up, as always! :)

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