Save Oak Grove's Fairoaks Neighborhood
Metro and Clackamas County are currently conducting a study to determine the feasibility of building a costly bridge across the Willamette River. The concept was originally a pedestrian/bicycle bridge, which in itself would have negative impacts. However, the study is now evolving into an even more costly bridge to accommodate buses. The project will have the following negative impacts:
Place a 16- to 18-foot-wide bridge and on-ramps, or up to a 37-foot bridge and on-ramps if accommodating buses, right next to houses on Courtney Road
Route a thousand additional bikes and pedestrians each day through a close-knit, unique, and quiet neighborhood
Encourage an invasive and potentially dangerous parking situation along Fairoaks Avenue and Courtney Road
Fundamentally damage Rivervilla Park
Increase crime and undermine public safety, as has happened along the Springwater Corridor
Damage the environmentally sensitive Tryon Creek riparian corridor, which was just renovated to encourage salmon to spawn
Threaten a variety of fish and birds, as well as favorite fishing and swimming holes
Spend millions of your taxpayer dollars on a controversial bridge that would benefit only a fraction of the community (1.65%, based on bridge-use estimates and the overall tri-county population)
The eastside landing will be at the intersection of Courtney Road and Fairoaks Avenue, which will route the bridge along the driveways of homes near a dangerous intersection. It will require the sheering or removal of several trees along Courtney and in the park. It will also place bridge footings in the "overflow parking" area of lower Courtney Road, and potentially on Rivervilla's southern basalt shoreline, which many fishermen and kayakers use daily.
Footings on the west side of the Willamette will likewise require the removal of trees, compromising the roosting places of eagles, herons and ospreys. In addition, if Metro insists that the bridge be built to support bus traffic, it will greatly increase the size, cost, noise and negative impacts on neighborhoods and parks.
The bridge will almost certainly close Rivervilla Park for up to two years during construction. This project is currently known as the Oak Grove-Lake Oswego Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge.
You can help right now:
Like our Facebook page, then link to the petition and sign it: facebook.com/SayNoToMetro
Tell us about your resources, connections, and skills to help the effort to say no to Metro's bridge
Help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook page and petition with your friends and neighbors
Write a letter to the editor of The Clackamas Review
Attend and protest at community meetings.
Learn more about the project and upcoming meetings at clackamas.us/transportation/oglo.
Lisa Nowak is a resident of Oak Grove.
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