Seating, lighting are deemed priorities for I-5 bridge project
The Wilsonville government and its consultants are continuing progress on a proposed bicycle and pedestrian bridge over I-5.
After presenting the 30% design for the bridge, which will cross the freeway from Town Center near Regal Cinemas to Peyton Lane on the west side of I-5, to Wilsonville City Council and the Planning Commission recently, the project team is in the process of preparing a 60% design.
The project includes the production of a tied-arch bridge along with a plaza on the east side of the bridge that will feature places to sit, walkways and green spaces. Based on the 30% design, the project is projected to cost $16-21 million (though that's a rough estimate) and the city will identify funding after design work is complete.
"As we refine the design we're getting a better idea of a cost estimate," Capital Projects Engineering Manager Zachary Weigel said.
Based on feedback, Weigel said the city plans to incorporate lighting elements that accentuate the bridge and could change depending on the season and occasion. However, they don't plan to make them too flashy. They also want to ensure pathways are well lit.
"What we heard was (they want) lighting that highlights the bridge but isn't Vegas, and doesn't stand out," Weigel said.
The plaza design, inspired by the Willamette River, features meandering pathways that represent a flowing river and circular green spaces which represent water droplets or ripples. The bridge, meanwhile, has the appearance of a "skipping stone across the river," Weigel said.
"The feedback from the public was they like the river design element and that's been carried through."
Based on consultation from the commission and council, the city is planning to add more seating and tables than what was initially planned, and for the seating to be covered. They also are trying to find ways to reduce noise from I-5 including incorporating raised mounds and water features, Weigel added.
"We're looking at adding seating at the end of each bridge before people start crossing. The feedback we received was looking at having some tables where people could gather," he said.
Weigel also heard from these officials that the fencing that would surround the bridge shouldn't be ornamental but rather blend in.
The city plans to conduct more public outreach for the project this summer and once the new design is complete. This will include surveys and other features available on the Let's Talk Wilsonville website.
For more information on the project, visit www.letstalkwilsonville.com/I5-Ped-Bridge.
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