City puts final plans together for Superblock project

On hand to celebrate this occasion was Mayor Tom Ellis, City Councilor David Emami, and Traffic and Public Safety Committee members, TJ Milashouskas and Kevin Bailey. North Clackamas School Principals, Heather Hull from Happy Valley Elementary School and LaJena Broadous from Happy Valley Middle School also participated in today’s festivities.

Planning continues as the City’s Superblock project gears up to commence

The endeavor will offer contiguous sidewalks that link sections of Ridgecrest and 132nd and King Road and 147th. Purpose of this project is to increase safety of both pedestrians and motorists and provide more opportunities for everyone to enjoy a stroll around the area.
The superblock will allow for better traffic flow and connectivity between the sections of land that currently have gaps, allowing for increased usability of the space. This is of paramount importance to the City’s youth, elderly and those with disabilities. Being able to safely traverse the area not only promotes healthy recreational activity by way of exercise, but it also helps boost cross-visibility between those on foot and those using the road.
Residents of the City have voiced wanting a project like this to come to fruition for some time. City Council has been working to make this a priority and has assured its inclusion in the master plan. Council has also recommended the project be completed as soon as possible, so staff are working diligently to make sure all preparations are taken care of. As of August 2019, staff has 75% plans complete on the first phase efforts which includes connections on Ridgecrest Rd, 132nd and 145th. Residents can expect construction to be fully underway on this first phase effort by late fall or early winter with more visible construction starting in the coming month.
The City continues to be excited about the superblock project as it will provide more opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy Happy Valley. Since City Council has deemed this project a priority for our community, City staff have been directed to finish the project as soon as possible. Staff have already been working with adjacent property owners to ensure efficient communication and project planning. If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Public Works Director, Chris Randall at 503-783-3800.

The map shows the scope of the superblock project that will create a walkable area within Happy Valley. The project aims to increase safety for both pedestrians and motorists and provide more recreational opportunities for those wanting to explore the community. Construction of the entire plan will occur over the course of several years.