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Chemeketa: 15Th/16Th Ave Couplet

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Archive update--this was originally posted on May 18, 2010 as Update 61 in the SC4D edition of Tarkusian Cities. It has been included for the sake of completion, in a slightly edited form to fit the continuity of the ST edition.

Hi everyone-

Well, I'm back with another update--we'll be going back to Chemeketa and taking a look at the end of the 16th Avenue project.


15th Avenue NE/16th Avenue NE Couplet Project

Last update, you may have noticed the 16th Avenue NE widening project hit a bit of a "dead end" just east of Progress Street--some businesses and residences that weren't particularly keen on getting plowed under. While there will still inevitably be some structures removed, Public Works has found a solution that should allow for the proper improvements between Progress and Division without too much difficulty.

This project will extend 15th Avenue NE and connect it to 16th, and convert the sections of 15th and 16th between that junction and Division Street into a one-way couplet.

Here's where we left off last time (facing east):


The bulldozers have already come out . . . OfficeWorks and a few houses had to be taken out, but the disruption is otherwise minimal (facing west):


The start of the new 15th alignment has been built, and eastbound traffic on 16th has been re-routed onto it at Progress Street (facing west);


Here's the existing section of 16th west of Progress (facing west)--that one-way street toward the top of the image is Commerce Street NE (Highway 219 northbound). You can see 15th currently ends before the railroad tracks.


Work on the new 15th Ave crossing begins (facing west)--a couple buildings will have to be demolished here on this end as well:


Demolition complete (facing east)--you can see the new alignment of 15th going in here, and a new building has sprung up at 16th and Commerce.


And the new one-way section of 15th is now paved and in place (facing east), with the existing section of 16th converted to one-way traffic.


This is back near Progress Street (facing west), now that the couplet is open.


A new park was built in the "triangle" where the couplet splits (facing west).


And here's an updated map of the city tile.


We'll take a look around various other places in the Chemeketa region next update. Hope you enjoyed this one--construction season begins again. :)


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