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Have the Metro Councilors driven I-5 South from Tualatin to Wilsonville between 2-6 p.m. on a work day?

Boone Bridge funding and Frog Pond expansion

Have the Metro Councilors driven I-5 South from Tualatin to Wilsonville between 2-6 p.m. on a work day? I imagine the greenhouse gas spewing from the stop and go traffic might exceed the potential greenhouse gas from urban sprawl south of Wilsonville they fear might happen by adding another south bound lane on the Boone Bridge. It is obvious to me that once commuters exit I-5 South onto Charbonneau and Canby the congestion disappears … with less greenhouse gas emissions.

Plus the LCDC makes it very difficult to develop farm lands south of the Willamette River. We need an additional lane when the Boone Bridge is replaced.

In the same issue Wilsonville plans to add 1,300 more houses in the next few years in addition to the hundreds recently built. Besides possibly getting funding for Transit Centers, what's the plan to move these new homeowners from the secondary roads to I-5 and then — since most will not work in Wilsonville — to Salem or Portland generating more greenhouse gas. Look at what the Villebois development has done to traffic congestion on and off I-5 in Wilsonville.

There is no easy solution but intelligent planning to control growth and minimize disruptions need to happen quickly.

Mike Walsh

Wilsonville


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