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Oregon City-West Linn Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge Concept Plan

Planning Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Concept Plan identified two preferred alignments for a safer, more comfortable crossing for people biking and walking across the Willamette River between the communities of Oregon City and West Linn.

Willamette Falls in Oregon City



​November 2020 to June 2021

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People who walk and bike across the Willamette River between Oregon City and West Linn currently use the Arch Bridge (OR 43) which does not have dedicated bike paths or sidewalks that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. To address this, a concept plan will identify an alignment for a safer, more comfortable Willamette River crossing for people biking and walking. 

The plan:

  • ​Identified safe, separated options for a crossing between West Linn and Oregon City, one upstream and one downstream of the Arch Bridge. See graphic below. 
  • Connects important regional bicycle and pedestrian routes. 
  • Provides opportunities for investment in West Linn and Oregon City, including the Old City Hall District, Industrial Heritage District, Willamette Falls Downtown District and downtown Oregon City. 

The plan includes technical analysis on the alignment options which will assess bridge feasibility, integration and connectivity to the adjacent biking and walking networks.

View the full Concept Plan Report​ for more information. 


I-205 |

​West Linn/Oregon City - The study area consists of culturally and historically significant area that stretches between the I-205 Abernethy Bridge and the Willamette Falls. 

Cost and Funding

Approximately $426,000 for plan development. Projects identified in the concept plan will be designed and built based on available funding.

Additional Information

Project Committees

Project Advisory Committee

A Project Advisory Committee representing a broad set of community perspectives and interested government parties will review materials and provide input throughout the project. 

Project Leadership Team

The Project Leadership Team is made up of governments with regulatory authority and provides a direct link to decision-makers from the cities of West Linn and Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and ODOT. This team will share the viewpoints of those who reside in the communities that the agencies serve and who are likely to be affected by the decisions they make. 

Project Management Team

The Project Management Team consists of staff members from the cities of West Linn and Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and ODOT. In addition to managing the project's process and consultants, the team will make recommendations to the Oregon City Commission and the West Linn City Council based on technical analyses and stakeholder input.

Public Engagement

The project team is committed to honoring the cultural significance of the area and directly engaged historically excluded community members and interested government parties to bring diverse voices to the conversation. A series of focus groups engaged the community in conversations around potential crossing issues, barriers, needs, opportunities and ideas. 

An online open house and virtual public meeting in spring 2021 allowed the team to hear from the broader community as a preferred alignment was developed. 

The City of Oregon City and City of West Linn will consider adoption of the Concept Plan in summer/fall 2021. 

Find​ other projects on I-205​ in the Portland area.

Contacts & Media

Project Contacts

Major Projects Planner
Sandra Hikari
(503) 731-8246

Public Information Officer
Don Hamilton

Last Updated

9/19/2023 2:14 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Initial Alignments PAC Homework.pdfInitial Alignments document sent to PAC members before January 27 meeting
Roles, Responsibilities and Meeting Guidelines.pdfProject Advisory Committee Roles, Responsiblities and Meeting Guide
Purpose and Needs Statement (Final).pdfPurpose and Needs Statement (Final)
Memo 2 - Identify Crossing Alignments (Final with Appendices).pdfTechnical Memo #2 - Identify Crossing Alignments (Final with Appendices)
Project Advisory Committee Meeting 2 Agenda.pdfProject Advisory Committee Meeting #2 Agenda (March 31, 2021)
Project Advisory Committee 2 Presentation.pdfProject Advisory Committee Meeting #2 Presentation (March 31, 2021)
Memo 4 - Active Transportation Analysis.pdfTechnical Memo #4 - Active Transportation Analysis
Memo 3B - Benefits and Impacts Analysis.pdfTechnical Memo 3B - Benefits and Impacts Analysis
Memo 3A - Preliminary Bridge Concept Plans.pdfTechnical Memo 3A - Preliminary Bridge Concept Plans
Memo 1 - Evaluation Criteria.pdfTechnical Memo #1 - Evaluation Criteria
Project Advisory Committee Meeting 3 Agenda.pdfProject Advisory Committee Meeting #3 Agenda (May 5, 2021)
Memo 5 - Executive Summary and Recommendations.pdfTechnical Memo #5 - Executive Summary and Recommendations
Cultural Resources Baseline Report_REDACTED VERSION.pdfCultural Resources Baseline Report (Redacted Version)
Public Outreach Summary Report.pdfFinal Public Outreach Summary for 2021
Attachment A. Stakeholder Interview and Focus Group Summary.pdfStakeholder Interview and Focus Group Summary
Attachment B. Oregon City Survey Results.pdfOregon City Survey Results from Spring Outreach
Attachment C. West Linn Survey Results.pdfWest Linn Survey Results from the Spring Survey
TM6 Preferred Crossing Corridor Location and Implementation Plan - Final.pdfView the memo outlining the preferred upstream and downstream corridors, technical considerations and implementation information from June 2021.
Equity Report- Oregon City-West Linn Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Concept Plan - Final.pdfView the April 2021 equity report outlining findings from the concept plan.
Oregon City West Linn PedBike Bridge Concept Plan – Final.pdfView the full concept plan report from June 2021.
Project Advisory Committee 1 Presentation.pdfProject Advisory Committee Meeting #1 Presentation (January 27, 2021)