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Ivy Street fixes approved

Canby’s bid to fund pedestrian and safety improvements on South Ivy Street has cleared a major hurdle.

Canby’s application has been named to a list of 25 projects recommended for funding in the 2015-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The Oregon Transportation Commission will make final approval in early 2014. Work would not start until 2015.

The competition for the funding was stiff, said Matilda Deas, Canby senior planner.

Canby was one of more than 90 applicants from Region I, Portland and surrounding areas, she said. The competition included Tri-Met, Metro, Multnomah and Clackamas counties and the city and port of Portland.

The estimated $2.2 million project will make improvements on South Ivy Street from Highway 99E to Lee Elementary School.

The improvements include 4,325 feet of new sidewalk, 3,750 feet of curbing, drainage, 32 mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act ramps and a traffic signal at Ivy Street and Township Road.

The improvements have been a high priority student and pedestrian safety issue in the city’s Transportation System Plan, Deas said.

Many areas are missing sidewalks.

It is a busy area and many stretches have no sidewalks. It’s a safety concern for Lee Elementary School students walking to school.

In addition to Lee School, the swim center has 75,000 swimmers and 25,000 spectators annually. The Canby Adult Center attracts about 39,000 visitors.

The lack of a signal at Ivy and Township also presents a safety issue for Canby Area Transit buses. Buses turning left from Township to Ivy must pull out into the crosswalk to see approaching traffic. CAT has avoided establishing a route on South Ivy because of safety issues.



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