Online Open House: Submit comments by March 12

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:41 AM by Simon Springall   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 9:46 AM ]

City Hosts French Prairie Bridge Project Open House

posted Feb 14, 2017, 2:40 PM by Simon Springall

The City of Wilsonville is hosting a public open-house for the French Prairie Bridge Project on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5–7 p.m., at City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville. The public event features members of the project management team providing an overview of the proposed bicycle/pedestrian/emergency-access crossing of the Willamette River west of the I-5 Boone Bridge.

Materials from the open house are available online at, where the public can sign-up to be on a mailing list, submit a comment or question, or view other information. For two weeks after the live open house, the City will continue to accept comments and feedback online at

The City has also named members of the public to serve on an advisory task force for the French Prairie Bridge Project. The first task force meeting is open to the public and scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6–9 p.m., at Wilsonville City Hall

The French Prairie Bridge Project Task Force reviews key information and provides recommendations to the City Council, at key milestones in the planning and design process. The group’s membership provides representation of a wide range of stakeholder values and interests and includes residents of Wilsonville and surrounding areas. Task force members represent affected neighborhoods and businesses, walking and cycling enthusiasts, local parks and trails interests, tourism associations and emergency service personnel.

The 21-member task force is composed of:

  • Co-Chair Jim Bernard, Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Chair as ex-officio/non-voting member
  • Co-Chair Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville City Councilor as ex-officio/non-voting member (Councilor Susie Stevens to act as alternate co-chair)
  • Jeremy Appt, Wilsonville resident who is a civil engineer
  • Blake Arnold, Bicycle commuter and Lake Oswego resident
  • Heidi Bell, City Manager for the City of Donald, located just south of Wilsonville in Marion County
  • Steve Chinn, Clackamas County resident who lives on the south side of Willamette River
  • Andrew Harvey, retired Wilsonville resident who is an environmental geologist
  • Tony Holt, Charbonneau Country Club President and former member of the City Budget Committee, Wilsonville resident
  • Karen Houston, Program Coordinator for FACT Oregon, a disability-rights organization
  • Pete Ihrig, West Linn resident and Clackamas County Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee member
  • Douglas Muench, Wilsonville resident and Old Town Neighborhood Association President
  • Samara Phelps, Tourism Development Lead with Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs
  • Patricia Rehberg, Wilsonville resident and Wilsonville Wheelers bike-group leader
  • Michelle Ripple, Wilsonville resident and former City Councilor who chaired the prior parks and transit master plan
  • Leann Scotch, Wilsonville resident who works as REI Operation Sales Lead
  • Brian Sherrard, Division Chief with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR)
  • Ryan Sparks, Operations Support Manager Willamette River Trail and Scenic Bike Routes, Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.
  • Simon Springall, Wilsonville resident and City Planning Commissioner
  • David Stead, Langdon Farms Golf Club General Manager and Wilsonville Tourism Promotion Committee member
  • Steven van Wechel, Wilsonville Old Town Neighborhood resident
  • Gary Wappes, retired Wilsonville resident active with the Kiwanis Club

The goal of the French Prairie Bridge Project, funded by a $1.25 million grant awarded through METRO regional government’s metropolitan transportation improvement program, is to develop preliminary designs for the proposed bicycle/pedestrian/emergency access crossing of the Willamette River. The project, undertaken in partnership with Clackamas County, the Oregon Department of Transportation, seeks to engage the public in addressing key questions about the bridge location, alignment, and design and thereby help position the community and the region to decide whether to pursue funding to create a final bridge design and construct the proposed bridge.

The project began in Fall 2016 and is planned to be complete by Fall 2018 when the Wilsonville City Council is expected to consider the proposed bridge design project. The project includes public open houses and other opportunities for public input regarding the preferred bridge type and landing points throughout the various stages of the process.

For more information, see, or contact Zachary Weigel, PE, Project Manager, at 503 570-1565,

French Prairie Bridge Task Force

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:52 AM by Simon Springall

The City of Wilsonville is seeking interested members of the public to serve on an advisory task force for the French Prairie Bridge Project.

The City will strive to appoint project task force members who represent diverse stakeholder interests and perspectives. The advisory task force will meet at least four (4) times over the next two (2) years to discuss public input, technical analyses, and project recommendations. Task force applications are due October 14, 2016.

For questions or additional information regarding this project, please contact Zach Weigel at 503/570-1565,

The application form is at the city's page listed here

Ice Age Tonquin Trail recommended alignment

posted Dec 7, 2012, 10:54 PM by Simon Springall

Metro has recently renamed the trail from simply 'Tonquin Trail' but, more importantly, has now published recommended alignment and a master plan.

The full website is here and contains more details.

Interestingly, the alignment maps feature a marker to the south of the river labelled "Future Connection to Champoeg State Park", and a connection across the river conspicuous by its absence.

City of Wilsonville TSP Update Open House

posted Dec 3, 2012, 1:31 PM by Simon Springall

Wilsonville is now holding a 'virtual open house' providing info about a number of planned or potential transportation and connectivity projects in Wilsonville.  This online open house is only available until December 14.

The list of recommended projects includes the (already funded) feasibility study for the French Prairie Bridge, but currently excludes the actual construction of the bridge.   What this means in practice is not clear.

Please take a look at the extensive materials provided and leave your feedback for the city, the planning commission and the city council who will take this up.

The City of Wilsonville is nearing the last phase of updating our Transportation System Plan (TSP). We are looking for your feedback on the plan for transportation investments to support Wilsonville’s growth and livability. Which projects or improvements do you think are a priority? Are there any projects that should be added or removed from the Plan

Clackamas County Commission Candidate responses

posted Oct 2, 2012, 9:56 PM by Simon Springall   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 11:58 AM ]

Only Jamie Damon, Candidate for County Commission position 4, replied to the questions.

Chair Charlotte Lehan indicated that she would not have time to answer the questions; however it's well known that she has historically supported and advocated for this bridge and bike/ped connectivity in and around Wilsonville.

Jamie Damon

Wilsonville Mayoral Candidate responses to questions

posted Oct 2, 2012, 9:53 PM by Simon Springall   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 2:44 PM ]

All three candidates responded to the questions.  Tim Knapp is the current Mayor, and is challenged in this election by Councillor Richard Goddard and Stanley Wallulis.  Goddard and Wallulis did not provide answers one-for-one to the questions, so I have applied their words to the appropriate questions.  This leaves several questions unanswered by Goddard and Wallulis.

Mayoral Candidate Responses

City Council Candidate responses to questions

posted Oct 2, 2012, 9:51 PM by Simon Springall   [ updated Oct 3, 2012, 9:53 AM ]

There are four candidates and two open seats for WIlsonville City Council.   All four candidates responded to our questions, and they are included below.

Wilsonville Council Candidate Responses

Appendix: Thoughts on Wilsonville's Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge

posted Sep 10, 2012, 1:35 PM by Simon Springall   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 1:36 PM ]

Steve Van Wechel has completed a significant addition to his document "Thoughts on Wilsonville's Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge" which is a 120-page Appendix.
This includes details on a proposed 'Bicycle Boulevard" from the WES Station to the Bridge, discussion and maps of trail/access alignment, and much more.

     Table of Contents For the Appendix

APPENDIX 1      Route of the Bicycle Boulevard from the WES Train Station

APPENDIX 2      Thoughts of Crossing the Railroad Tracks

APPENDIX 3      Thoughts of How Much the Bridge Will be Used

APPENDIX 4      The Importance of the Holograms

APPENDIX 5      Funding Plan

APPENDIX 6      Questions for the Engineers 

APPENDIX 7      Day Use Trails

APPENDIX 8      Research of Economic and Other Positive Aspects

APPENDIX 9      Questions and Answers
APPENDIX 10    Potential Bridge Events, Races, etc.

APPENDIX 11    Wilsonville’s Loss

APPENDIX 12    Related Maps and Info

Thoughts on Wilsonville's Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

Victory: City Council approved funding

posted Apr 17, 2012, 3:43 PM by Laurent Rochette

I was not exactly sure what to expect from the working session of the Wilsonville City Council on April 16th. Despite the fact that none of us could provide comments or ask question, a fairly big group was in attendance to show support for the Metro feasibility grant of bridge to cross the Willamette river in Wilsonville.
Earlier in the day Simon Springall (@simonspringall), the chairman of the Wilsonville-French Prairie Bridge Campaign has sent to the City a petition we started 5 days earlier with 700 signatures.

Chris Neamtzu gave a staff presentation to the council. The presentation is available below. Councilors took turns asking questions. The full work session has been recorded and is available here and the discussion about the bridge starts around 5:30.
I think the key argument was the potential for tourism dollars to be spent in Wilsonville as the city could be the gateway to the French Prairie.
The important point is that the council unanimously agreed to direct the city staff to move forward with the $1.25M study. This is a keystone decision as we’re afraid the council would stop the project altogether by simply refusing the grant. It does not mean the  end of hurdles but at least the first one has been cleared.

After the work session, the council went into the “normal” meeting where public input is welcomed. I took the opportunity to thank the council for their decision emphasizing the huge local support and the potential for visitors as shown by the big number of comments on the petition from people outside Wilsonville but living around it. “Build it and they will come!”.

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