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Oak Grove – Lake Oswego (OGLO) <br />Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge <br />Feasibility Study <br /> <br />October 24, 2018 <br /> <br /> <br />Study Purpose <br />The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Willamette <br />River between Oak Grove and Lake Oswego. Comments received during previous planning indicated great <br />demand for a bridge at that location. However, questions remain regarding the feasibility of the project: <br /> Are “landing locations” for the bridge available on publicly-owned property on both sides of the river? <br /> Is it possible to connect to other pedestrian/bicycle trails without interfering with existing uses? <br /> How much would it cost to construct such a bridge and who would pay for it? <br /> What steps must be taken to build a bridge at that location? <br /> If a bridge is built, who would own and maintain it? <br />Existing Railroad Bridge is Not an Option <br /> A 2009 Metro study determined that the railroad bridge owners would not agree to addition of <br />pedestrian /bicycle facilities. <br /> Access to the railroad bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists would be very difficult. <br />Study Details <br />The study is funded by the Metro Active Transportation Development Fund. The study area is shown in the <br />map on the back. Study tasks include the following: <br /> Analysis of Alternative Locations for a Bridge – Identify and assess possible bridge locations, conduct <br />an engineering analysis of possible bridge concepts and issues that would arise in connecting the <br />bridge to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities. <br /> Planning Cost Estimate and Funding Plan – Estimate planning level cost to develop a bridge and long- <br />term costs to maintain the bridge; develop a funding plan to identify funding sources. <br /> Environmental Scoping – Though this study will not include environmental assessment or data <br />collection, there will be an environmental scoping workshop to determine environmental issues and <br />permitting requirements that would need to be addressed. This will help potential project partners <br />understand what would be required and how those requirements impact project schedule and costs. <br /> Intergovernmental Coordination – Clackamas County anticipates that if this bridge project does move <br />forward, it would be advanced by a group of local and regional government partners. This task will find <br />the most appropriate group of partners that are open to participation. <br /> Public Involvement – The aggressive public involvement process will include public meetings, a <br />community advisory committee, website and social media, and webinar-type public meetings to reach <br />different segments of the population. The county will also conduct an Environmental Justice/Equitable <br />Development Analysis to identify historically marginalized communities for focused outreach and <br />possible displacement impacts. <br />The study is expected to be concluded by the end of 2019. If the study finds that the bridge is feasible and a <br />group of partners agrees to work on the project, the next steps would be design, environmental studies and <br />permitting, along with additional public outreach. <br /> For more information: Contact Project Manager Stephen Williams at <br />swilliams@clackamas.us or 503-742-4696.