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The Fifth to Kinsman Road project may cause delays near the Old Town neighborhood

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - The Fifth Street to Kinsman Road extension project is one of the most significant going on in Wilsonville this summer.

Though unlikely to cause major disruptions for Wilsonville commuters, a number of construction projects led by the city this summer that may engender some delay depending on where travelers are headed.

One of the major projects will provide a connection through town between Wilsonville Road and Boones Ferry Road. It will extend both Kinsman Road and 5th Street, stretching the former south of Wilsonville Road and the latter west of Boones Ferry Road, while also improving the intersection at Fifth Street and Kinsman Road.

Zach Weigel, the city's civil engineer, said the biggest traffic impacts this summer will be on Boones Ferry Road between Bailey Street and Fifth Street. The city is adding sidewalks and parking to this area, as well as pedestrian-friendly intersection enhancements at the aforementioned intersection. The project is slated for completion by next January.

"It's the only access into the Old Town (neighborhood), so just plan for additional time. The road will remain open while the work is going on, but there could be some delays," Weigel said.

This summer will also be an expansion of the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant — so it can handle 20 million gallons of water a day rather than 15 million — and Weigel said due to that project, Arrowhead Creek Park will be closed for an extended period and Arrowhead Creek Lane will not be open for a couple of weeks in August. The city expects to complete the project in 2024.

Further, Weigel said there may be some minor delays on Boeckman Road as surveyors complete work that will go toward improvements along that throughway — including the eventual buildout of a bridge to go over the "dip" there. Weigel said the bridge will likely be built in about a year.

"There will be a bridge over Boeckman Creek and that whole section of Boeckman will be upgraded with sidewalks and bike lanes to have a more urban, complete street standard," Weigel said.

The engineer added that pavement improvements will be completed at various sections of the city this summer and the city will work with individual neighborhoods to minimize impacts.

The city's Public Works Department will also implement LED lighting in residential neighborhoods this summer, which could cause some impacts, and the new Public Works building on Boberg Road will undergo development.


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