A publication of the Cedar Mill Business Association
|Volume 1, Issue 3||
Highway 26 improvements planned
Join us at the next meeting of the Cedar Mill Business Association, where we’ll hear from ODOT representative Steve Harry about the current work and future plans for Highway 26 (Sunset Highway). The meeting will take place at the Community Room of the Cedar Mill Community Library.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has completed the environmental impact study and is moving forward with design work for improvements on the Sunset Highway (U.S. 26) between Murray Boulevard and Oregon Highway 217. The department estimates that the project will go out to bid in early to mid 2004. The currently estimated cost for the project is $24 million.
The improvements are designed to continue the widening that has
been underway east of Highway 217. Highway 26 will be widened
to three lanes in each direction with extra lanes for traffic exiting to
Highway 217, Cedar Hills Bl. and Murray Bl.
The project will eliminate the “weaving” conflicts for westbound
traffic between the Highway 217 on-ramp and the Cedar Hills Boulevard
off-ramp, where cars must weave right to exit onto Cedar Hills and left to
Traffic entering westbound Highway 26 from Highway 217 will merge
with mainline traffic west of the Cedar Hills Bl. interchange. Traffic
from northbound Highway 217 can merge with U.S. 26 traffic, but traffic
going to Cedar Hills Boulevard must exit and turn west on Barnes
The Environmental Impact Study, completed in January 2003, found that there would be little impact on the existing environment. Most of the widening will take place within the existing roadbed, by eliminating the center median strip.
New “wetland enhancement” is planned for the area where Cedar
Mill Creek will pass beneath the highway which, according to ODOT, “will
be beneficial to downstream water quality and hydrology. They will also
provide habitat improvements for resident fish and wildlife.”
There are no public meetings scheduled at this time, but once the design process is further along, more meetings will be announced.
The Cedar Mill News