As expected, Love’s has met the concerns of Oregon transportation officials and will get the green light to build its truck stop off I-5 when the Millersburg City Council approves a development agreement on Feb. 28.
Millersburg City Manager Steve Hasson told me Tuesday that all issues between Love’s and ODOT had been resolved in the form of a development agreement. “Accordingly,” he wrote, “I have signed the development agreement on behalf of the city and forwarded it to Love representatives for signature.”
ODOT had appealed the Millersburg Planning Commission’s approval of the Love’s truck stop site plan to the city council. But when the council ratifies the deal, which it is expected to do next Tuesday, ODOT will withdraw its appeal and the city will be free to issue permits.
The agreement between Love’s and ODOT calls on the company to construct “mitigation improvements” as required by the state traffic engineer at the intersection of the northbound I-5 ramps and Jefferson Highway.
The way I read the agreement, the deal calls for adding a right-turn lane on the off-ramp from I-5 and a left-turn lane for traffic turning on to the on-ramp, plus installing “all-way” stop signs and lighting the intersection. The improvements must be completed before Millersburg grants any occupancy permits for the truck stop.
The agreement doesn’t mention money, but the context says Love’s must pay for the highway work.
In case you missed earlier stories on the Oklahoma City-based corporation’s plans to build a country store and travel stop on Old Salem Road near I-5, you can look them up on this site. (hh)