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This project addresses issues we've heard from the community in recent years, including:
To confirm these issues and to see if there were any new ones we should consider, we asked the community to share their experiences in our first online open house. You can read more about the feedback we received in the summary document.
The timeline below shows where we are today and the next steps of the project. Right now, we're wrapping up our outreach to finalize our Facility Plan and design.
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The documents linked below provide the background of past efforts that helped us get to the current project:
We learned through our outreach efforts, that the community and project Steering Committee preferred the Valley Junction Interchange concept because it:
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If you missed the first online open house or want to refresh your memory, you can view our archived online open house. The archived online open house includes concept elements and the top system connectivity concepts.
We heard you! At our last online open house, we received a few new concerns listed below. You can click on the text to learn more about what our team is doing to address these concerns.
Our next step is to finalize the draft Facility Plan for the Valley Junction Interchange concept. It will then be formally adopted, allowing us to ask for the funding needed to build the project. This Facility Plan is the guiding document for all future work and was developed using feedback from the project Steering Committee, stakeholders and the community.
This map shows the locations that correspond with the numbered items below.
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You can click on the text below to learn how all local users will get around after the preferred concept is built.
The project Steering Committee and the community helped us develop ideas to make it easier to drive around the area without using OR 18. In addition, we considered environmental and right of way impacts as well as the cost of the potential improvements while working on our design concept. This resulted in the following local access features.
To the right are two maps that show how drivers can get around the area without going on OR 18 (shown in purple lines), as well as the areas where access onto the highways will be removed (shown in dark blue and orange lines).
Currently, there are four separate public transit providers and four fixed routes – Yamhill County Transit (Line 22), Tillamook County Transportation District (Lines 60X and 70X), Caravan Airport Shuttle and Cherriots (Line 2X). These services all have stops at Spirit Mountain Casino and all, except for Cherriots, stop at the Grand Ronde Community Center.
Bicycle and pedestrian
Bicycle and pedestrian elements in the project area consist mostly of paved shoulders. There aren't consistent sidewalks. Currently, they are:
Cyclists who ride on OR 18 and OR 22 are typically more experienced and familiar with high stress recreational riding situations. More casual riders that require lower stress situations would need facilities with greater separation, like a multiuse path, to feel comfortable riding on OR 18 and OR 22.
The new preferred concept includes:
Please note, there are no new sidewalks included as part of this project.
Your feedback and questions are an important part of our process. They help us make sure that we create a concept that works for everyone! Please share your thoughts with us by filling out the survey below.
Sign up to attend our virtual event on September 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. At this event, you'll have the opportunity to hear from the project team, ask questions and learn more about the preferred design concept.
You can always learn more about the project, find answers to your questions and stay connected by visiting the project webpage.
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