Architects, designers and other officials will display the final plan for what the entry to Umatilla may look like Wednesday.

At 6 p.m. in Umatilla City Hall, 700 Sixth St., representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Umatilla will present the final draft of the I-82/U.S. 730 Interchange Area Management Plan. The IAMP is a long-term transportation and land-use plan being developed to improve the function, safety and efficiency of the intersection. Area residents and local officials have worked with ODOT for more than six months to develop potential designs for the project. The most recent plan proposes relocating the Port of Entry and installing new southbound off-ramps from Interstate 82 . More information on that plan will be available during Wednesday’s meeting.

“This is pretty much the end of the design process, where we will be showing people what the plan is and what has been developed through the process,” City Planner Zach Lunden said Tuesday. “This meeting is to show people what the future of Umatilla’s interchange will be.”

Although the open house caps the project’s design stages, it also launches the beginning of the implementation phase. Once Umatilla City Council members approve the draft IAMP, it will be taken to the state level, and if approved then, city officials will begin seeking potential funding sources and working to implement the project in city ordinances.

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