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Sunrise Expressway to open in Clackamas; first new metro-area highway in decades

Posted: Updated: Jun 30, 2016 04:25 PM
Sunrise Expressway (Image: ODOT) Sunrise Expressway (Image: ODOT)

The Sunrise Expressway, the first new highway in the Portland metro area in nearly 30 years, is set to open Friday.

The four-lane Sunrise Expressway is a two-mile highway that extends the Milwaukie Expressway east to Southeast 122nd Avenue where it links with Highway 212/224.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reported the project has been under discussion since the 1980s. The goal is to create less congestion on area roads, including Interstate 205 and Highway 212/224.

The Sunrise Expressway will also provide faster connections to I-205 from the east, including the Clackamas Industrial District, and a quicker link to the Clackamas Highway and Mount Hood from I-205.

A dedication ceremony Thursday included a group bike ride on the new multi-use paths that are part of the project.

"Projects like the Sunrise Expressway have significant benefits to local communities and unlock key economic development opportunities," Gov. Kate Brown said at the ribbon-cutting Thursday. "These investments reduce congestion and support a strong business sector to move Oregon forward."

The Sunrise Expressway opens to the public at 5 a.m. Friday.

About $100 million of the $130 million project came from the Jobs and Transportation Act, adopted by the 2009 Legislature to upgrade the state's transportation system. The project broke ground in 2013 and was completed on time and on budget, according to ODOT.

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