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French Prairie Bridge design types under consideration by task force June 4 in public meeting

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CITY OF WILSONVILLE - While no design has been selected yet, this is one style suggested for the French Prairie Bridge.

In this entry, we're looking at a June 4 meeting of the French Prairie Task Force, which is open to the public.

What is the project?

The City of Wilsonville wants to build a bridge across the Willamette to service pedestrians and bicycles and to serve as a alternative for safety vehicles unable to cross nearby Boone Bridge due to traffic blockage or damage from earthquake or other incident.

Why is it happening?

Supporters see the bridge as a vital gap in regional infrastructure, connecting the metro area's Tonquin Trial system with French Prairie and the Willamette Valley Scenic Byway. For the safety side of things, the Boone Bridge is considered to be overdue for up-to-date seismic improvements because of its role as an invaluable link between the Portland metro area and the Willamette Valley. The location for the bridge is just west of the Boone Bridge near Boones Ferry Park.

What's the timeline?

No design has been chosen yet and no funding identified.

How much does it cost?

No cost estimates will be offered until a final design has been chosen.

What's the meeting for?

This meeting would allow the Task Force to select a design using input from the public previously submitted and recommend that option to the City council and Clackamas County Board of Directors.

Where can I learn more?

frenchprairiebridgeproject.org.

French Prairie Bridge task force

June 4, 6-8 p.m.

Wilsonville City Hall

29799 SW Town Center

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