City breaks ground 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.
City Council commemorates groundbreaking of Superblock project phase II
On Dec. 18, City Council gathered to officially kick off the Superblock project’s phase II efforts. The project continues work that will widen traffic lanes and create new curbs and sidewalks. When completed, the Superblock will allow for safer transportation for both motorists and those traversing the area by foot or other mobility devices.
The City’s Superblock project is coming along!
Superblock Project set to begin Phase II
Construction activities for Phase II of the Superblock Pedestrian Improvements Project will begin Monday, Dec. 7 and are slated to continue through Friday, Dec. 18. This phase of the project involves the installation of sidewalk, curb and gutter, along with lane widening, grinding and paving on the south side of King Rd. from Melita Dr. to Regina Ct. and on the east side of 132nd, from one block north of Wellington Ct. to the intersection of 132nd Ave. and Ridgecrest. The project will also include lane widening, new sidewalk, curb and gutter and planter strip on the south side of Ridgecrest, from the intersection of 132nd Ave. and Ridgecrest, to just west of Parkwood Way. Construction activities will generally take place from 7am-4pm, Monday-Friday. During these initial stages of construction there may be some temporary lane closures, but access to individual residences will remain open at all times.
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to contact the City Project Manager, Edward Hodges, PE at (503) 684-3478, and also Chris Randall, City of Happy Valley Public Works Director, at (503) 783-3842.
Mayor Ellis and Council walking along Ridgecrest.
The map shows the scope of the superblock project
The superblock project 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.
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 made 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. The City continues to be excited about the superblock project as it will provide more opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy Happy Valley. If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Public Works Director, Chris Randall at 503-783-3800.