Quiet area, downtown arch almost complete; The city is looking for time capsule ideas

Construction work on the Grant Street Arch and Canby Town Center Quiet Zone project is nearing completion, the city announced recently, although work has been delayed due to weather conditions.

City Administrator Scott Archer provided an update to Mayor Brian Hodson and Canby City Council at a meeting last month.

Funded by Urban Renewal Funds, the Quiet Zone project involves installing new safety mechanisms and other upgrades at the Elm, Grant and Ivy Street crossings, which would allow train engineers to no longer be obligatory honk at each intersection.

They may still honk in emergency situations or to comply with other federal rules.

The Quiet Zone will be completed once final security strips and appropriate railroad and ODOT approvals are in place. Security tapes began on May 25 and were to continue depending on the weather.

The arch is also receiving its finishing touches, including the installation of the Banner Pulley System, which will allow the display of banners showcasing city-wide events and community events.

The arch, which was also funded by Urban Renewal, is illuminated with LED lights on the two pillars that anchor the arch. Lighting displays can be changed throughout the year to highlight events, holidays or even the colors of Canby High School.

Designed by Scott | Edwards Architecture, the gateway arch features a blend of existing downtown aesthetics with a Canby sign and a minimalist design inspired by the arch in Encinitas, California.

The project is an economic development tool that city leaders hoped would help encourage motorists using Highway 99E to visit and patronize downtown businesses and restaurants.

The Town of Canby is currently accepting recommendations from community members for a proposed time capsule to be installed in the Northwest Pillar of the Grant Street Arch.

If you have any suggestions for stories featuring Canby in 2022 to include in the time capsule, complete the survey located at www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5FVVRP.

The city will host a grand opening event once construction is complete and quiet zone approvals are fully in place. Although the date of the event has not yet been set, the dedication should take place this summer.

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