Transportation project pushed back to 2019 because of $4.5 million shortfall

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - Old Towns current 5th Street is a sleep dirt road that crosses the railroad tracks headed west. The connector will link it with Kinsman to the north. For citizens interested in Wilsonville's plans for building new transportation connections and fortifying development in the area of Wilsonville between Boones Ferry Park and Graham Oaks Nature Park, your final chance for input looms.

The City of Wilsonville will conduct an open house April 10 at Wilsonville City Hall to display 90 percent of design plans for a new road section that would extend 5th Street to forge a connection between Kinsman and Boones Ferry roads. The new connections would cross rail tracks, as well as Coffee Lake Creek twice, and link to Wilsonville Road. Eventually, the City hopes to extend 5th street to link with Brown Road to the west.

The City held three open houses in 2017 and the April 10 meeting will be the final open house before the designs are finished and construction for the project is opened for bidding.

According to the City's project website, the purpose of the project is to facilitate development in the area, provide another connection route in the Wilsonville community and alleviate mounting traffic. It would also provide potentially useful routes for emergency responders as well as bike and pedestrian access.

The land to the west of Kinsman Road is primarily residential and the land to the east is primarily industrial. Development Engineering Manager Steve Adams said Wilsonville has not yet come to agreements with developers to determine what to do with available land.

"The purpose for the project is to make this land available for development," Adams said. "Part of the project is to give a connection to the Old Town neighborhood and businesses and provide better access for emergency vehicles for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. If traffic gets bad on the on-ramp from I-5 it gives people a second route to go (across town)."SPOKESMAN PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - Old Towns current 5th Street is a sleep dirt road that crosses the railroad tracks headed west. The connector will link it with Kinsman to the north.

And according to the City of Wilsonville 5th to Kinsman Road website, "This project is needed to meet the forecasted mobility demands projected for 2035 as part of the City's Transportation System Plan, Urban Renewal Plan, and Comprehensive Plan."

Construction was initially slated to commence in 2018 but was pushed back to 2019 because the project's costs ascended well above initial projections. Adams says the project's shortfall is $4.5 million, in part because the cost of acquiring land and right-of-way was higher than the City anticipated. To mitigate the shortfall, Wilsonville could use system development charges or set up a reimbursement district requiring property

owners to reimburse the City for improvements. The city initially set aside $9 million from the Westside Urban Renewal District to fund this project.

Adams indicated that if Wilsonville can't find additional funding, it may have to slash some of the project's features.

"The design will depend on if we have enough money to afford it and if we don't we will determine what we will delete out of the project," Adams said.

Concurrent projects such as extending the Ice Age Tonquin Trail to connect with Boones Ferry Road and a redesign of Boones Ferry Road between Bailey Street and Fifth Street have not received funding.

You can contact Wilsonville Spokesman reporter Corey Buchanan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-479-2378.

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