National Project of the Year Award 2013

City of Oregon City - OR 213/I-205 to Redland Road (Jughandle) Crossing - Transportation - $25 Million to less than $75 Million

Oregon City now has a "jughandle" and its first roundabout.  As one of the last underdeveloped Regional Centers left in the Portland Metro area, this all started as part of the offsite improvements associated with a large commercial development.  After years of transportation planning, years of political maneuvering and a promising development proposal, the project received approval for funding. 

The OR 213 Jughandle Project is a set of constructed improvements commissioned by the City of Oregon City that resulted in the grade separation of Washington Street and Clackamas River Drive from OR 213.  The final project is so much better for all modes of travel through a complete reconfiguration including the grade separation, signalized right in-right out connections, improved lane configurations on OR 213 and a divider barrier separating 6 lanes into 3 north and 3 southbound lanes. 

The consultant team was significant and it was led through a joint effort with OBEC and Kittelson and Associates.  Other subconsultants included Mason Bruce & Girard (Public Involvement and Environmental permitting); GreenWorks (Landscaping and Irrigation); Shannon and Wilson, Inc. (Geotechnical and hazardous materials); Heritage Research Associates (Archeological and historical resources); and numerous others.

Mowat Construction Co. used all 595 days to complete the project and in the end, the challenges of extensive weather-sensitive work resulted in additional time.  The project was fully operational by December 2012.

This project has too many interesting features to cover but two considerations standout as noteworthy:

  1. In order to build the grade-separated crossing, the design included the construction of a new OR 213 bridge to accommodate the grade separated Washington Street.  The options were to constrain traffic on OR 213 enough to accommodate through traffic or to build the bridge adjacent to OR 213 and move it into place.  The final decision was to use the accelerated bridge construction option.  Mowat Construction Co. built the new 130 – foot bridge superstructure next to OR 213 starting in the fall of 2011 and completed the bridge in early March of 2012. On March 22, 2012 at 8PM, OR 213 between Washington Street and the northbound I-205 on and off ramps was closed for five nights and four days while the bridge was moved into place.  Precise construction planning resulted in the 108 hour implementation of a very complicated traffic control and regional detour plan allowing for the removal of 433 cubic yards of asphalt and 10,000 cubic yards of material from OR 213 to make room for the new bridge and the eventual extension of Washington Street, removing any previously placed sheet piles, moving the new 3.2 million pound bridge into place, installing the impact panels, placement of barriers, paving, and striping.  All of this under the watchful eye of a website video stream for any and all to watch.
  2. The level of public involvement and public outreach was well beyond what might be imagined even for a National Award winning project.  Project branding with a project logo and with consistent messaging were all developed under the strict guidance of Mason, Bruce, & Girard and included:

roadway signage s project website s ODOT TripCheck s newsletters s email lists s Twitter s Facebook s direct mail s utility bill inserts s project email updates to over 700 stakeholders s presentations at a long list of community meetings s flyers s canvassing s phone calls s radio advertisements s media involvement

City staff accepted this prestigious award at the APWA national conference in Chicago on August 26, 2013.  The award presentation slides are available here and the application can be viewed here

Project of Year Award for

AWARD PRESENTATION (r-l):  Hermanus Steyn, Kittelson & Associates and Aleta Froman-Goodrich, City of Oregon City receiving awards

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY (l - r):  Governor's Sustainable Communities and Transportation Policy Advisor Lynn Peterson, State Representative Bill Kennemer, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette,  Oregon Transportation Commissioner Mary Olson, former Oregon City Mayor Alice Norris, ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell, State Representative Dave Hunt, District Aide of US Congressman Kurt Schrader Alison Craig, Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley and Oregon City Public Works Director/City Engineer Nancy Kraushaar

PROJECT COMPLETION:  Aerial photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Region 1

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