Work on a trio of Canby intersections with Highway 99E have begun

by: RAY HUGHEY - Scenery around three Canby intersections along Highway 99E will look a little different after completion of an Oregon Department of Transportation project.

The plan is to renovate and revamp the intersections of Highway 99E and Elm, Grant and North Ivy streets with a project that should take a few months. The signals, poles and corners of these intersection will be upgraded – drastically.

“We are going to upgrade these signals, improve the signal timing, add new signal poles and install new (ADA approved) ramps on the corners,” said Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT community affairs specialist. “The nice part of this project is that we’ll get rid of those ugly span wires that currently cross the highway. It will look a lot better at those intersections.”

The project has been in the works for about 18 months and will cost approximately $922,000. And while the wires will be replaced by a long span arm, there are some unique qualities about the setup, according to Dinwiddie.

“This is a great project and partnership with ODOT. We receive the benefit of improved signal changes at the intersections; cleaning up some of the wires and cables along the highway; and it completes one of our steps on the 99E beautification plan,” said Canby Mayor Brian Hodson.

Canby’s project is part of an ongoing program, said Dinwiddie.

“We noticed the need for a signal upgrade in Canby and this is something we do all across the region,” Dinwiddie said. “When we install technology, we try to install the most up-to-date technology. The lights will use radar sensors to create traffic timing. Rather than sensors in the ground, we will be using radar on top of the pole.”

The reason for that is simple – it’s about the future.

“We are placing devices at the top of the signal poles to determine the signal timing versus placing sensors in the ground,”Dinwiddie said. “If we ever paved Highway 99E, we would have to rip out the signal timing sensors that are placed in the road. Placing the sensors at the top of the poles shouldn’t affect signal timing if paving operations took place.”

Daytime lane closures along Highway 99E will be Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and possibly some night closures after 6 p.m. Elm, Grant and Ivy streets will also seem some closures as work on the pole installation and corners requires, as well as intermittent sidewalk closures.

“We want to avoid closing lanes during rush hour,” Dinwiddie said. “Travelers should also expect flagging between those hours. Work started this week and we hope to wrap up by early summer if we don’t run into any unforeseen problems.”

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