Oak Grove – Lake Oswego (OGLO)
<br />Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge
<br />Feasibility Study
<br />October 24, 2018
<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 />firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-742-4696.