BOARDMAN - City officials have approved an Interchange Area Management Plan (IAMP) for the Main Street interchange with Interstate 84.

The city first attempted to pass an IAMP in 2007, but public opposition forced the city council to put the draft plan on hold. A steering committee, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, redrafted the plan.

Much of the opposition concerned the plan for right turns only along Front Street. Although language in the plan still calls for right turns only at some point, the Committee defined triggers that would need to be reached before that would happen. One of those triggers would be heavy traffic, during which a left turn is impractical.

The Oregon Transportation Commission must approve of the plan before the city can adopt it and apply for state and federal transportation improvement grants.

- Erin Mills

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