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Dignitaries, public gather for ribbon cutting event at Woodburn Interchange Project

- September 21, 2015

WOODBURN—Governor Kate Brown was the keynote speaker at a ribbon cutting event on September 14 that celebrated the completion of the Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility Project.  Over 100 people gathered for the event including many area dignitaries that included Congressman Kurt Schrader, State Senate President Peter Courtney, State Representative Betty Komp and others.

 “This project has already had a huge impact improving traffic flow and increasing safety,” said Governor Brown.  “This is a great example of when a city, state and federal partners work together.  This is a collaborative effort of working together to improve the lives of Oregonians.  Congratulations.”

“We were able to deliver this project one year ahead of schedule which is significant,” said ODOT Director Matt Garrett, who was the master of ceremonies.  “Traffic is flowing, there is much less congestion, it is so much safer for users and the economic future of the area shines brightly because of it.”

“I want to emphasize that this project was not merely a highway project;  it is a multi modal transportation project that will improve connections between modes and help everyone get around better and more safely, whether they’re traveling by car, bus, bike or on foot,” Garrett told the audience.

The $70 million project is being completed one year ahead of schedule.   It will significantly improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and improve safety around the interchange area. The multi modal project includes new loop ramps, four rebuilt on and off ramps, a new and wider bridge over I-5, added lanes on OR 214 and 219, a new transit/park and ride facility, new sidewalks and bicycle lanes and numerous aesthetic enhancements.

The new project will also provide significant potential for economic development by providing reliable accessibility that will attract new businesses and expand existing ones.

While the project was funded mostly through funds provided by the Oregon Legislature’s Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA), the city of Woodburn contributed $8 million to the project.