The City of Wilsonville wins a $2.23 million competitive transportation grant from the Oregon Transportation Commission for construction of the Kinsman Road South extension project. The state award comprises one-third of the total estimated $7 million cost for the road extension, which includes 2,500 feet of new concrete road and a 10-foot-wide multi-use path and wetlands/stormwater mitigation.
The Kinsman Road South project extends the road from Barber Street to Boeckman Road, completing a critical arterial link in the rapidly growing westside of Wilsonville. Running parallel to I-5, Kinsman Road provides an alternative route for local trips rather than adding to traffic congestion on the freeway and two interchanges. Kinsman Road connects residential, industrial and commercial land uses and accesses the SMART Transit Center bus station and Tri-Met WES commuter rail station. The project is an integral component of the City’s Transportation Systems Plan, serving as a designated freight route for industrial businesses on Wilsonville’s westside, including the future Coffee Creek industrial area.
Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp said, “Wilsonville appreciates our partnership with the Oregon Transportation Commission, Metro Council and area businesses and developers who have all contributed to making this important transportation and economic-development project advance. Improved connectivity on Wilsonville’s growing westside benefits all travelers, including freight-moving businesses, commuters who seek easier access to transit options, and emergency responders.”
Wilsonville matched the OTC grant with $2.5 million (53%) to fund the $4.7 million construction phase of the project. The source for the City’s matching funds are systems development charges (SDCs) paid by developers to fund infrastructure capacity improvements to accommodate new development. The City also won previously a competitive $1.4 million (20% of project funding) 2006-09 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) regional grant through Metro. In addition the City also invested $2.3 million during the design, engineering, and right-of-way acquisition phase of the project.
Nancy Kraushaar, Community Development Director, stated that, “The Kinsman Road extension project is key for facilitating a mobility network on the developing westside of Wilsonville that helps residents, commuting workers and businesses to get around easier. And the project helps to provide easier access via all modes of transportation to transit options offered by SMART and Tri-Met.”
City Civil Engineer Zach Weigel, PE, who is overseeing the project, noted that design, engineering and right-of-way acquisition phase are nearing completion, and the construction phase scheduled for 2016. A public open house on the Kinsman Road South extension project is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 6-7:30 pm, at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East.
The grant award is made as part of the $66.4 million 2016-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), Oregon’s four-year transportation capital-improvement programthat is funded by the federal gas tax of the Highway Trust Fund. On May 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration released the funds after receiving an extension by Congress of the surface-transportation authorization act known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, P.L. 112-141).