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Safety and Emergency Access

posted Mar 25, 2012, 9:17 PM by Simon Springall   [ updated Apr 8, 2012, 10:12 PM ]
As traffic incidents occur with increasing frequency near the Boone Bridge in Wilsonville, Interstate-5 and the entire surrounding freeway system can shut-down for hours. 

With an average daily traffic volume of 123,000 vehicles per day, this crucial interstate commerce corridor - also a predominant truck route - can become a regional bottleneck, impacting traffic throughout the greater Portland and Willamette Valley regions.

The French Prairie Bridge would serve as a rapid-incident, emergency-response system, allowing authorized vehicles access to an incident on the freeway or on the other side of the river when I-5 is shut down. The bridge gives authorities the ability to clean-up faster after an accident, thereby reopening I-5 more quickly.