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Inactivity at the City

posted Mar 25, 2012, 9:28 PM by Simon Springall   [ updated Apr 3, 2012, 9:24 PM ]
The French Prairie Bridge is at this stage a proposed future project of the City of Wilsonville.  The bridge over the Willamette is present in all of the city-wide long range plans, including the Transportation Master Plan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.   

A Regional Flexible Funds grant of $1,250,000 is available to the City of Wilsonville to evaluate the engineering requirements and estimate the cost of this project; some city matching funds are required.  Acceptance of the grant to study the project was postponed by the City of Wilsonville last year. 
Hence money is left on the table while the community remains divided, and only the most intrepid bicyclist and pedestrians risk crossing the river on the I-5 Boone Bridge.   

This year Wilsonville City Council will again discuss whether to accept the grant.  Where consultation has taken place such as at the Transportation Systems Plan Update Open House, Wilsonville community feedback has been overwhelmingly in favor of the bridge, yet the council and city officials are stalling.  

Update:  On March 30th I received the following information from Steve Adams, Interim City Engineer 

In checking with other managers I understand that this item has been moved to the April 16th Council work session for discussion.  The City was awarded $1.2 million in federal MTIP funds through Metro for project development, including further study, public input, preliminary engineering and environmental analysis for the bridge.  These funds will be available in fiscal year 2013/14.  At this time the City doesn’t have any funding budgeted to begin work on this project prior to receiving the MTIP funding in 2013.

Simon Springall,
Mar 28, 2012, 8:31 PM