Molalla Avenue: Beavercreek Road to Hwy. 213

Project ID: 
GRANT
Project Type:
Capital Improvement
Project Contact Information: 

See below

Project Status: 
Active
Project Dates: 
Grant Awarded 2/2/17; Construction 2019-20
Project Budget: 
$7.8M Design, ROW Acquisition, Construction
Location: 
Molalla Ave
97045 Oregon City , OR
Neighborhood: 
Gaffney Lane

 

2/6/17 Update:  Oregon City Awarded $3.8M Metro Grant for Molalla Avenue Streetscape.  

 

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Project Contacts
Dayna Webb Project Engineer 503-974-5508 dwebb@orcity.org
John Lewis Public Works Director 503-496-1545 jmlewis@orcity.org
Status Updates

January 20, 2017: JPACT accepted the recommendation of TPAC and approved the list of projects to be funded, including Molalla Avenue!  The final step is adoption by Metro Council on February 2, 2017.

January 13, 2017:  At their January 6 meeting, TPAC recommended a package of projects that included Oregon City's Molalla Avenue. The project was identified at a slightly lower grant funding level than originally requested, but will still maintain the project components. The package of projects now moves on to JPACT, who will review and provide a recommendation on January 19, 2017.

November 8, 2016:  At the November 3 meeting before the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee (C4), Oregon City staff made a PowerPoint presentation to the C4, public testimony was received (which included 6 people who spoke in favor of the Molalla Avenue Project) and a discussion amongst C4 members followed. C4 concluded the meeting moving forward with prioritizing the following projects for Clackamas County: 1) West Linn Hwy 43, 2) Oregon City Molalla Avenue,  3) Wilsonville I-5 Bike/Pedestrian Bridge

Oregon City's project ranked 6th out of 28 applications in technical scoring, and is the second priority project in Clackamas County as determined by members of C4. Staff will continue to follow the discussions over the next few months as they occur at TPAC & JPACT, and as the Metro Council finalizes the projects to be funded in early February. We are optimistic about our chances for a grant. 

October 7, 2016:  Between October 7 and November 7, 2016, go online to Metro's interactive map and show your support for Oregon City's Molalla Avenue Pedestrian and Roadway Improvement Grant Application.  You may also provide written comments to trans@oregonmetro.gov or Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232.  Comments may also be submitted by phone at 503.797.1750  or TDD 503.797.1804 .

A public hearing will be held at 5:00 PM at the Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon.  Find out more about Oregon City's application in our "We Need Your Help" flyer.  

Initial Project Description:

Oregon City Public Works is competing with agencies in the Portland Metro area for Metro Regional Flexible Funding. We have submitted for grant funding under the Active Transportation & Complete Streets category, for construction of pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Molalla Avenue.   The overall project limits are Beavercreek Road to Hwy. 213.

In 2013, the entire project was shortlisted and our application scored the highest preliminarily against other Clackamas County projects; unfortunately, we were not selected to receive funding as other projects were deemed more critical, in part as a result of enthusiastic community support from other jurisdictions.  

The City continues to seek grant funding for this project as funding is unavailable from other sources.

In 2001, the Molalla Avenue Boulevard and Bikeway Plan was adopted by the City Commission.  This plan was recently given a high priority once again as a result of the City's 2013 Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update.

In order to obtain funding in order to complete the project, Oregon City Public Works has been working to obtain grant funding.  Recently, the City submitted a grant application in an effort to obtain state/federal funds to make these corridor improvements. 

The most important arguments in favor of the Molalla Avenue project include:

  1. The City is proposing a large percentage of local match funding. The significant local match is proposed to be pooled together using annual set-aside funding already incorporated into our biennial budget, and future funds which will mainly come from the City’s transportation system development charges, gas tax revenues, and pavement maintenance utility fees.
  2. This project best addresses the Metro RFFA Active Transportation & Complete Streets grant criteria and the goals and objectives established through the Metro Regional Active Transportation Plan.
  3. Molalla Avenue carries a high volume of traffic with key sites such as the Clackamas County Red Soils Campus offices and Clackamas Community College with nearly 11,000 students.
  4. This project is the third phase of an improvement plan that was adopted in the 2001 Molalla Avenue Boulevard & Bikeway Improvements Plan, TSP 2013 update, and TriMet Pedestrian & Network Analysis.
  5. Molalla Avenue divides the City’s affordable housing and many special needs residents from our Molalla Avenue commercial center.  Safe passage for pedestrians to cross Molalla Avenue is few and far between and this project will provide safer pedestrian crossing options.
  6. In January 2012, TriMet organized a technical advisory committee of public agency representatives to ask the question: Where should investments be made to improve access to transit?  They analyzed 7,000 transit stops to see what makes a great environment for pedestrians and what doesn’t.  The group narrowed the list to 10 focus areas in the region and Molalla Ave. near Red Soils is on the list.
  7. This is a transit corridor that connects heavily used commercial and employment areas.
  8. The project area has missing sidewalks, large distances between pedestrian crossing opportunities, an excess of driveways with large widths, poor and inconsistent lighting, and inconsistent travel lane widths.
  9. The project will construct a complete street including installation of pedestrian level street lighting, replacement of some and the addition of sidewalks where they are missing, pedestrian actuated signals at some crosswalks - much of this work has been completed through developer related requirements, however, it includes multiple gaps and several inconsistent designs.
  10. This project is a key connection between Hwy 213 and Hwy 99E and improvements are necessary to assure safety along the Molalla Ave. segment as it continues to be the solution to congestion building along the Hwy 213 corridor.

Oregon City Public Works relies heavily on grant funds and most of our department's recent construction projects have been completed using grant funds including The JughandleMain Street Roadway ImprovementsMcLoughlin Boulevard Enhancement and Warner Milne Road from Beavercreek to Molalla, just to name a few.  Oregon City does not have a funding source to complete any of these projects on its own. By utilizing grant funds, we are able to realize tremendous savings on local taxpayer money and help reduce the need for rate hikes.