Thursday, October 5, 2017

Aug 1963: Opposition Successful

The Oregonian, 7 Aug 1963
Editorial: Two-For-One Freeway
Two freeways for the price of one, with the federal government picking up 92% of the tab for both of them, is one obvious advantage of the proposal revealed at Gresham Monday by Victor D. Wolfe, administrative assistant of the State Highway Commission.

Originally the commission planned a freeway that would take off from the Baldock (Salem) freeway near Tualatin, cross the Willamette River near Oswego, pass through the Milwaukie area and run north through east Portland in the vicinity of 39th Avenue, finally crossing the Columbia River on a new bridge. This route was labeled the Laurelhurst Freeway. As might have been expected, many people of Laurelhurst and other east side residential districts objected strenuously to it. The commission subsequently moved the proposed route east to 111th Avenue.

Equally vociferous in opposition have been many residents of Lake Oswego and Milwaukie. They didn't want a freeway, either.

[The rest of the article omitted because it was about another freeway.]

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