Connecting 122nd Avenue to the Milwaukie Expressway in Clackamas County, the Sunrise Expressway is the first new stretch of freeway that the Portland-area has seen in 26 years. Designed to alleviate congestion for commuters and truckers that currently compete for traffic space on OR 212-224 and I-205, it had its official ribbon-cutting and ceremonial first drive at a June 29th grand opening.
Cogan Owens Greene worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Community Affairs department for the past five years from the design phase through final construction. In a political climate where it’s increasingly hard to build new infrastructure, it’s exciting to see many different agencies and groups come together to deliver this project on-time and on-budget.
As a fitting conclusion we worked with ODOT to plan and organize the grand opening, attended by dignitaries including Governor Kate Brown. In her remarks at the event, Governor Brown spoke of the benefits of the project to “unlock key economic development opportunities and…reduce congestion.”
In addition to the Expressway, ODOT also constructed a shared multi-use path, providing a way for bikers and walkers to traverse the area. Later in the evening we hosted a ceremonial first bike ride with 20-30 bikers.
Click below to view photos from the ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as the inaugural bike ride on the shared multi-use path.