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City closer to securing Cedar Creek Trail money

If all goes as planned, the city could receive $5.1 million to construct a trail system that would stretch from Washington Street to Roy Rogers Road and eventually hook up to the long-anticipated Tonquin Road Trail.

The city should know by the end of the year if Metro will approve funding for the Cedar Creek Greenway Trail, a route that would generally follow the Cedar Creek creek bed with a 12-foot-wide asphalt trail.

In July, the Washington County Coordinating Committee, a group comprised of elected officials, that gave a thumbs up to the plan. Now Metro, the regional government, must approve releasing federal regional flexible funds if the city is to build the trail.

'We're hopeful at this time,' Tom Pessemier, the city's community development director, said about the likelihood of receiving funds. 'We're the only project in Washington County that was nominated.'

Still, the funds would not be available until 2014 and the city would have to find matching funds for the project.

Initial plans are to build the trail from Washington Street at Stella Olsen Park to Highway 99W. From there, it would extend to Edy Road before ending at Roy Rogers Road for a total length of 2.1 miles.

Pessemier said if extra funding is left over, the trail would be extended another three-quarters of a mile from Oregon Street at the new Adams Street extension to the roundabout at Murdock Road.

Pessemier said plans would be to build an undercrossing (more of a bridge-like structure as opposed to a tunnel) to cross Highway 99W. Such a undercrossing would allow wildlife to pass as well. That's cheaper than constructing a pedestrian bridge over Highway 99W where estimates two years ago placed such a structure at between $1.5 million and $4 million.

The Cedar Creek Greenway Trail is officially a part of the Tonquin Trail, a trail system that would extend from the beginning of Tonquin Road in Sherwood to Graham's Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville. Overseen by Metro, the Tonquin Trail system includes the cities of Sherwood, Tualatin and Sherwood.

'We're hopeful it's in the not-too-distant future,' Pessemier said of the Tonquin Trail project.

While the majority of the Cedar Creek Trail would run through city-owned properties, easements would have to be obtained through at least two city properties, he said.

Pessemier said the project is an exciting step for the city.

'It will add a new mode of transportation to the city of Sherwood,' he said, noting that it would be a major hub for bicyclists and pedestrians. 'This is really good news for the city.'