The Oregon Department of Transportation is currently in the planning phase of in the OR 22: Corridor Safety Improvements Project. The preferred project alternative extends 2nd Street from Riggs Street to 50th Avenue. This project will serve as a backage road for the properties on the north side of OR 22 between Riggs St. and 50th Ave. When the backage road is constructed, these properties will access OR 22 from 50th Ave.
The preferred project alternative is part of the OR 22 Expressway Management Plan (pdf, 8.4 mb) adopted by Polk County in March 2010. The Plan contained four possible projects to improve safety on OR 22 and to prepare for an eventual interchange at the intersection of OR 22 and OR 51. While funding has not yet been allocated for the full interchange, ODOT has received most of the funding to build the preferred alternative project described above.
ODOT refined and analyzed the project options identified in the Plan and they are described in more detail below.
The 2nd Street extension between Riggs Street and 50th Avenue is the recommended Preferred Alternative because it is the only project with immediate functional and safety utility, and is cost-effective.
Map of Preferred Alternative
Adopted by Polk County in March 2010. The Plan contained a number of possible projects, the objective of which was to improve safety on OR 22 and prepare for an eventual project to build an interchange at the intersection of OR 22 and OR 51.