That agreement officials from Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village signed in 2007 was to deal with gridlock between Interstate 84 and U.S. Route 26, a stretch that is often plagued with truck traffic and travelers to Mount Hood and Central Oregon, reported the Daily Journal of Commerce. The agreement resulted in a two-year Metro study on ways to improve traffic in the area, which led to the creation of a 20-year East Metro Connection Plan.
Officials have said that the plan could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in construction money coming to the area, the Daily Journal reported.
The Board of Multnomah County Commissioners approved the plan earlier this month and it is set to go before the Metro Council for consideration Aug. 9. The plan would be separated into three phases, with projects ranging from signage to sidewalks to a highway interchange.
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