Wilsonville City Hall, community center and library to close Friday; SMART Transit to continue service

by: PHOTO COURTESY: WILSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Snow begins to pile up Thursday afternoon on the Wilsonville Road as drivers begin to head for home. Tonight's expected storm is predicted to bring a similar amount of snow to the metro area.Because of the ongoing severe weather, the city of Wilsonville announced Wilsonville City Hall, the Wilsonville Community Center and Wilsonville Public Library all will be closed Friday, Feb. 7.

City Community Relations Coordinator Jon Gail said the library may remain closed throughout the weekend and, if so, all programming will also be canceled. All programs scheduled for Friday at the community center have also been canceled.

Wilsonville public works crews were meanwhile readying themselves to work 12-hour shifts through the weekend in order to keep local roadways clear and services functioning.

"by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GARY WAPPES - Spokesman reader Gary Wappes submitted this photo of the Piazza Villebois taken Thursday afternoon just before the onset of the storm that caused chaos on Oregon highways and closed schools and other public facilities across the state. We’ve got crews out there surveying the situation, we have guys on 24-hour call, we’ll have guys here tonight it looks like," city public works supervisor Arnie Gray said Thursday afternoon as the snowstorm got underway. "We’ve got two sanders ready to go, one is chained up, the other one won't be chained up until it looks like it’s needed."

While non-essential services will be shuttered Friday, SMART Transit will continue to offer services on Friday and Saturday, but weather conditions may impact services and riders should expect delays, Gail said.

The city does have one operational snow plow, and this will be employed on city arterial routes such as Wilsonville Road, Elligsen Road, Canyon Creek Road and other major routes moving north-south or east-west through the city.

So far on Friday, Wilsonville Police are not reporting any significant problems with traffic.

"Patrol officers report a very light commute," the department's Twitter account, @WilsonvillePD, reported Friday morning. "Thanks to everyone using commpomn sense and being careful!"

Based on past experience, Gray added, the north end of Wilsonville normally is harder hit by weather events because of the local microclimate. This is something to consider when planning out routes with snow in mind.

by: PHOTO COURTESY WILSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Snow piles up in Wilsonville near the interchange with Interstate 5 and Wilsonville Road, Thursday, Jan. 6."We just have the two sanders and a snow plow," Gray said. "We have the city laid out for arterials and collectors, and Wilsonville Road would be one of the first ones we do. The weather is always a little bit worse up north, believe it not, so we'll get Canyon Creek, 95th, the ones that usually get hit the hardest."

Transit users should visit for updated information and rider alerts, including links to information on Tri-Met WES schedules.

West Linn-Wilsonville schools also will be closed on Friday.

In the case of a fire, medical or police emergency, call 911. In the event of a public-works emergency, such as a meter leak or broken water line, call the after-hours emergency-phone line at 866-252-3614 line (toll-free).

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Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Transportation has set up an online abandoned vehicle hotline for people who may have left their car or truck on area freeways last night in an attempt to escape the traffic pileups.

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