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Leaders celebrate opening of 'Jughandle' roundabout in OC


Oregon City and regional leaders will gather this week to celebrate the completion of the Jughandle Project on Highway 213.

Mayor Doug Neeley will be the master of ceremonies for the Wednesday, Oct. 24, event starting 10 a.m. under the tent at the Stein Oil 76 gas station, 13001 Clackamas River Drive, Oregon City.

The Oregon Department of Transportation project removed left-hand turns across the congested intersection with Interstate 205 and added a roundabout.

Attending the celebration will be U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader, State Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone), state Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby), Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, ODOT Director Matt Garrett, City Manager David Frasher and Lynn Peterson, policy advisor for Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The $26.8 million project was funded largely through the 2009 Jobs & Transportation Act. With the $2.5 million in federal planning funding and $2.3 million coming from Oregon City’s transportation fees, the Legislature provided $22 million for the project’s total cost.

“Congratulations to ODOT for completing this vital transportation link on time and on budget,” Hunt said. “And congratulations to the many small businesses who joined together through Main Street Oregon City to persevere during this challenging time and now take advantage of this renewed access into downtown OC.”