Wilsonville will move signal at Fred Meyer intersection
Wilsonville City Council approved contracts for $1.1 million to replace the Wilsonville Water Treatment Plant outfall and $31,000 to replace a traffic signal leading from Boones Ferry Road into the Starbucks parking lot at a meeting Monday, April 2. Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp also gave a State of the City address outlining the list of projects on the city's docket and plans for the future.
For the water treatment outfall project, the City entered into an agreement with Northbank Civil and Marine, Inc.
In 2013, the city realized it was violating the Department of Energy Quality standards when it found a hole in the water treatment plant outfall — where treated water is discharged from the treatment plant. It repaired the damages in 2014 but indicated that the outfall would need to be upgraded if additional capacity was added. Because the plant will need additional capacity due to the intergovernmental agreement between Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tigard, Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tualatin Valley Water District to upgrade the water treatment facility and allow water access to adjoining parties, the City deemed the outfall project necessary to meet DEQ standards.
"We're on schedule to do a complete rebuild of that outfall during the in-water work window this summer," Wilsonville engineer Mike Ward said at the work session. "That work will also provide us with additional capacity in the future so when we do upgrades to the plant we won't have to come back to this outfall and do in-river work."
The City also agreed to tweak its construction contract with Brown Contracting as part of the project that will add a second right turn lane from Boones Ferry Road northbound onto Wilsonville Road.
Due to the council's approval, Brown will also move the northbound left turn signal on Boones Ferry Road leading into the Starbucks parking lot in Old Town Square from a pole in the middle of the street to an overhead traffic pole. City staff decided this change was necessary after a driver recently crashed into the southbound left turn signal pole at the same intersection.
Though the pole will still be a hazard to drivers, moving the signal to the overhead mast arm could protect the signal from damage.
The rest of the project is estimated to cost about $191,000.
The City plans to move the southbound signal at a later date.
During his State of the City speech Knapp discussed planning for future growth, housing stock, nascent employment areas like Coffee Creek and Basalt Creek, mounting transportation congestion, the development of the Frog Pond area, improving Wilsonville Town Center and many other topics.
"The ongoing goal, the overarching challenge, is how do we create a safe, desirable, aesthetically-pleasing community which nurtures and sustains all who are here?" Knapp said. "We need all of Wilsonville citizens to join in this. If our combined efforts are sufficient they will yield a future that we envision."