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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 will identify a preferred alignment 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


Meetings and Events

Online Open House and Survey March 29 - April 13

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online open house and community survey! While the survey is now closed, you can still access the online open house (English and Español​​) to learn about the project. You may also send comments or questions to the project staff. 

Virtual Public Meeting Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The project team held a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. Thank you to everyone who joined to share input about the potential crossing alignments! ​

Click here​​ to view a video recording of the meeting. 

Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meetings

The committee will meet approximately three times. The committee held their first meeting on January 27 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and the second meeting is March 31 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Materials from the first and second PAC meetings are in the project library at the bottom of this page. 

The final PAC meeting will be on May 5 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • Click here​ to join the meeting on Microsoft Teams
  • Call in using this number: (971) 277-2148
  • Phone Conference ID: 220 127 522#
​Meeting materials will be posted on this website one week prior to each meeting. 

Project Leadership Team Meetings

This group will attend the Project Advisory Committee meetings and hold supplemental meetings as needed.

Project Walking Tour

The project team held a socially-distanced site walking tour on February 2 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. View the itinerary here​. 


​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 will:

  • ​Identify a safe, separated option for a crossing between West Linn and Oregon City.
  • Connect important regional bicycle and pedestrian routes. 
  • Provide 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 will include technical analysis on the alignment options which will assess bridge feasibility, integration and connectivity to the adjacent biking and walking networks. View the project fact sheet​ for more information about the Concept Plan. 

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 will directly engage historically excluded community members and interested government parties to bring diverse voices to the conversation. A series of focus groups will engage the community in conversations around potential crossing issues, barriers, needs, opportunities and ideas.

In Spring 2021, an online open house and public meeting will allow the team to hear from the broader community as a preferred alignment is developed. The Oregon City Commission and West Linn City Council will vote in the summer on whether to adopt the Concept Plan. Decision makers will consider the team's technical analysis as well as public input.​


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


Additional Information

​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

4/28/2021 10:12 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Fact Sheet.pdfProject Fact Sheet January 2021
Project Advisory Committee Meeting 1 Agenda.pdfProject Advisory Committee Meeting #1 Agenda (January 27, 2021)
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
Public Involvement Communication Plan.pdfPublic Involvement and Communications Plan
Project Advisory Group 1 Presentation.pdfProject Advisory Committee Meeting #1 Presentation (January 27, 2021)
Project Area Walking Tour - Itinerary.pdfWalking Tour Itinerary (February 2, 2021)
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)
Public Involvement Summary (WORKING DRAFT).pdfPublic Involvement Summary (WORKING DRAFT)
Stakeholder Interview and Listening Session Summary (WORKING DRAFT).pdfStakeholder Interview and Listening Session Summary (WORKING DRAFT)
Memo 5 - Executive Summary and Recommendations.pdfTechnical Memo #5 - Executive Summary and Recommendations

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