Wilsonville working to relieve traffic congestion on I-5


i5 boone bridge congestion study 0   As Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp said during last week's WEA Breakfast Forum, most people know his city because they've sat in traffic there on I-5.
   The Mayor and his city would like to do something about that.
   This week the City of Wilsonville announced it's working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and state legislators to pass legislation to fund what will be the first steps in improving the I-5 Boone Bridge over the Willamette River.
   The bill would provide $3.5 million to ODOT for preliminary engineering and design to develop the "I-5 Wilsonville Facility Plan." 
   The project recommends a new I-5 southbound ramp-to-ramp auxiliary lane from the Wilsonville Road exit (Exit 283) to the Canby/Aurora exit (Exit 282A).
   It would also seismically upgrade the Boone Bridge to withstand a Cascadia 9.0 earthquake.
   More than 129,000 vehicles are estimated to drive on I-5 through Wilsonville everyday - 62,000 of these are traveling southbound across the Boone Bridge.
   Between 2011 and 2015, there were 148 car accidents on this segment of the highway, and this is considered a critical route in Oregon's emergency response operations.
   The total cost of the project is estimated at $120 million, but the hope is to leverage federal highway funding for it.
   To learn more, visit the Wilsonville website.