A new Government Camp overpass project, set to undergo construction during the third week of March, was one of the main issues discussed at the February meeting of the Government Camp Tax Increment Finance District Advisory Committee.

The overpass, which would run from Multorpor Road down to Frontage Road on Highway 26, is owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation. However, the roadway on either side of the pass is owned by Clackamas County. Maintenance of the overpass will be under the auspices of ODOT, a situation that raised concern from some community members, who worry that the sidewalks - an important new safety feature of the widened structure - would not properly be cared for by the state.

Some alternative funding sources, including grants and systems development funds, have been secured by the tax increment finance (TIF) district to fund the $5 million project. Still, local residents and committee members are apprehensive that TIF funds are being used for project cost overruns with no funding participation by the ultimate owner, ODOT.

'The overpass project has been a bit of a sore spot for the district,' said TIF committee member Dave Butt, adding that the projected amount the district had committed to the project already has doubled during the planning stages. The current completion target date for the project is Nov. 19.

In other Government Camp transportation news, a TIF district parking subcommittee recommended the village add time-restrictive parking and encourage employees of local businesses to park behind buildings instead of in front in order to relieve some potential parking problems.

The TIF Advisory Committee meets the second Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Hood Museum and Cultural Center in Government Camp, 88900 E. Government Camp Loop. The meetings are open to the public.

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