High-speed network will link city facilities, serve county, ODOT and potentially more

by: JOSH KULLA - The city intends to link its new parks and recreation headquarters, planned for what is now the Wilsonville Visitor Information Center, shown here, with city hall and the citys fleet transit building via fiber optic network. Wilsonville’s municipal facilities are about to get more tightly networked, thanks to a planned fiber optic network that will link city hall with its transit fleet and future parks and recreation buildings.

The $248,000 project will be carried out by North Sky Communications and will eventually serve the Wilsonville Public Library, the city’s public works and police building, Murase Plaza and the community center. The technology also will help with traffic signals; the 288-strand fiber optic line will also connect with Clackamas County traffic signal cabinets along Wilsonville Road and an Oregon Department of Transportation signal cabinet at the Wilsonville Road-Interstate 5 interchange.

The project has been five years in the works, and for the city it couldn’t come at a better time.

“We anticipate a possible spring up time for the parks and recreation building, which currently has no connectivity or networking at all,” Information Systems Manager Holly Miller said, referring to the city’s plan to move its fledgling parks and recreation department into the current Wilsonville Visitor and Information Center at Town Center Park early next year.

The project will involve installation of two 288-strand fiber optic lines, the longer along Wilsonville and Kinsman roads and the shorter line primarily along Town Center Loop East and Courtside Drive, where it will terminate at city hall.

The city council approved the project at its Nov. 4 meeting. Construction began immediately with the goal of fully installing and testing the new lines by the end of February.

The new lines will be single-mode optical fiber capable of transmitting data at both 16 and 10 gigabytes per second.

Because the new line will be interfacing with nodes on other networks, it is more complex than a stand-alone project. North Sky has worked with Clackamas County since 2009 on the $11.1 million Clackamas Broadband Express project, which helped install more than 180 miles of broadband line across the county using federal stimulus money.

That local knowledge, as well as an agreement with the county allowing public entities like the city to purchase telecommunications gear at 2009 prices, were factors in the city’s selection of the company.

The possibility exists for connecting in the future with networks belonging to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

Josh Kulla can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 113. Follow him on Twitter, @wspokesman.

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