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Transportation Systems Plan approved by council

Calls for just over $50 million in road improvement projects

A year and a half after work began on the project, West Linn finally has a new Transportation Systems Plan (TSP).

The City Council voted 5-0 in a special meeting Monday to approve the new TSP on first and second reading. While the vote was initially expected to take place March 14, the council opted to delay the decision until some final edits could be made to the document.

The city is required to update its transportation plan as part of Metro’s overhauling of its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

At an October 2014 meeting, the City Council voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to work on updating the plan, and the project was originally scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015.

The new TSP will extend its reach all the way through 2040.

“In this really sort of disruptive year we’ve had, I want to acknowledge our entire staff for everything they had to do to accomplish this,” City Councilor Bob Martin said after the final vote.

The plan was developed with four priorities in mind: safety, mobility, access and environment, equity and maintenance. To that end, the 2008 TSP was updated to identify more pedestrian and bicycle projects, incorporate Safe Routes to Schools and institute new evaluation methods to measure progress.

In total, the draft TSP calls for more than $50 million in improvement projects — about $23 million of which is considered “high priority.” The City’s projected budgeted amount in the next two decades — around $20 million — comes just shy of funding those high priority projects.

In voting to approve the plan, Mayor Russ Axelrod noted that it remains a “working document” — and indeed, the council will likely revisit the plan as early as this summer to incorporate a new Highway 43 plan.

“That will be another opportunity to make tweaks or adjustments,” Public Works Director Lance Calvert said.

The full document can be viewed at bit.ly/22LtFQn.