Identified as a city priority 22 years ago, the project has languished behind others

by: JOSH KULLA - Canyon Creek Road, shown here where it dead-ends at the Renaissance Homes at Canyon Creek development, will be extended south to Town Center Loop sometime next summer. It’s been more than two decades since the city of Wilsonville identified the extension of Canyon Creek Road as a priority.

Linking Boeckman and Elligsen roads at the north end of the city, Canyon Creek Road provides a key north-south arterial along the eastern edge of Wilsonville. Now, long-awaited plans to extend that road south to Town Center Loop are finally afoot.

According to the city, construction will start next summer on a project to extend the existing 24-foot wide street from the Renaissance Homes at Canyon Creek development south to Town Center Loop East.

The new roadway will carry an anticipated 5,000 to 7,000 vehicles per day once complete and will provide a second major route from which to access Town Center Loop and the Wilsonville Road area at the south end of the city.

The existing street configuration will change so that Vlahos Drive will intersect with Canyon Creek Road and Canyon Creek Road will terminate at Town Center Loop East. Vlahos Drive, which now intersects with Town Center Loop next to the Wilsonville Lanes bowling alley, will be redesigned to curve to the northwest to intersect with the new Canyon Creek Road. Construction work will likely cause Vlahos Drive to be temporarily closed while this takes place.

North of this new intersection with Vlahos, Canyon Creek Road is anticipated to be built as a 24-foot wide, two-lane roadway with a 5-foot wide concrete sidewalk and landscaping along the east side of the roadway. In the future it is anticipated that this will be further expanded as a 48-foot wide street with a landscaped left-turn median, two bike lanes and additional sidewalk space and landscaping on the west side.

South of Vlahos Drive the new stretch of Canyon Creek Road will feature three lanes, two bike lanes and sidewalks to Town Center Loop East.

The city also intends to hold a series of public meetings to introduce the project to the public and take input on any suggested changes. Those meetings are tentatively scheduled for December and February.

For more information, check the city’s website at

Josh Kulla can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 113. Follow him on Twitter, @wspokesman.

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