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IGA gets city approval to begin plans for Tonquin Creek Trail

by: CITY OF SHERWOOD - Here's how the trail would wind through Sherwood with initially construction beginning off of Oregon Street The city is moving forward with plans to build the Cedar Creek Trail after entering into intergovernmental agreements with Washington County and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

On Nov. 5, the Sherwood City Council approved seeking those governmental agreements for the Cedar Creek Trail, an expansive pedestrian and biking route that will ultimately be part of the larger regional Ice Age Tonquin Trail that will one day connect the cities of Wilsonville and Tualatin.

As approved, the council is seeking the Oregon Department of Transportation’s distribution of $5.69 million in federal funding, which includes a local match of $585,091 (or 10.27 percent of the total cost) contributed by the city.

The entire Cedar Creek Trail is planned to extend from the Oregon St. roundabout on the east side of the city through Old Town, to existing trail in Stella Olsen Park northward following the Cedar Creek Corridor to Roy Rogers Road at the north end of the city, according to Michelle Miller, an associate planner for the city.

Mayor Bill Middleton cast the lone “no” vote on the measure saying he’d prefer taking the issue to a public vote, saying the ultimate cost of the project would be more than $10 million before it’s over.

“I want everyone to know this isn’t a freebie,” said Middleton.

Plans are to begin the first phase of the engineering design of the trail starting at the Oregon Street roundabout before heading west past Langer Farms Parkway along Oregon Street into Old Town.

From Old Town, it will then pick up again along Villa Road and connect with the established trail through Stella Olsen Park before heading north, crossing under Washington Street to the park’s main parking lot before following along the east side of the Cedar Creek stream corridor.

Then the trail will make its way to Highway 99W and the Meinecke Road intersection where an at-grade crossing will be added including a pedestrian island and crosswalk. Design of this segment will take about 15 months, with construction to follow taking approximately nine months, Miller said previously.

Altogether, the new segments of the Cedar Creek Trail will stretch about 1.58 miles.

The newly constructed portions of the Cedar Creek Trail will consist of a 10- to 12-foot-wide pathway made of a hard surface, most likely a combination of asphalt, boardwalk or pervious pavement, planners say. Several boardwalk segments may be needed along the way as the trail include a stream crossing or two.

The second segment of the Cedar Creek Trail project extends from Highway 99W north through the Cedar Creek corridor before heading to Roy Rogers Road.

The final alignment within the Cedar Creek corridor for this section has not been finalized and the grant will help the city decide the best alignment for this section.

The City Council has approved the appointment of a Local Trail Advisory Committee to help make recommendations on some of the design decisions that will need to be made, as the project gets underway.

— Ray Pitz




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