City of Wilsonville set to take over road authority near the future Meridian Creek Middle School
The Wilsonville City Council is anticipated to enter into an Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement (IGA) with Clackamas County to transfer the roadway authority on portions of Stafford Road and Advance Road to the City of Wilsonville at the Jan. 5 meeting.
The ransfer f is intended to enable the West Linn-Wilsonville School District to move forward with the roadway construction package for the Meridian Creek Middle School. The project package includes reconstructing 871 feet of Advance Road, 468 feet of Stafford Road, less than 400 feet of Boeckman Road and their shared four-way stop intersection.
The City wants to become the road authority for the segments slated to be redesigned so that the design, permitting and construction of the project will be completed according to Wilsonville Public Works standards.
In 2015, the City entered into an IGA with the West Linn-Wilsonville School District agreeing to split the cost of the project 50/50. It was originally estimated that the City would be responsible for $2.5 million, but out of six companies that bid for the project, the school district received a bid from K&E Excavating for $2,879,000 Dec. 20, and was selected as the lowest of the bids. When adding the additional costs of planning and initial work that went in this spring of $325,000, the City and the District will both be responsible for $1.6 million.
Although the council is expected to enter into the IGA with Clackamas County on Jan. 5, the actual transfer of roadway authority can't be made until the school district has acquired all right-of-way and easements necessary for road widening and construction from adjacent property owners. So essentially, the IGA is a placement holder for commitment between the County and the City until the school district finishes the acquisitions process. Since Meridian Creek Middle School isn't set to open until September 2017, residents shouldn't expect the upcoming IGA to make any immediate changes to daily commuting.