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About the Project

West Linn’s Gateway project will create a viable master plan and implementation strategy for the Arch Bridge/Bolton Center, which generally includes the area around the Arch Bridge north along Highway 43 to the Bolton Fire Station.  The plan will accomplish the following:


• Create a strong new identity for the area.

• Determine the location and form of a trail/esplanade within the study area as well as visual and potentially physical access to the river itself.

• Allow for a careful insertion of infill development on key sites, especially uses that can address the current jobs/housing imbalance.

• Transform the Metro designated Bolton Center into a true town center, with mixed use qualities of a village.

• Reconfigure major streets to add values of pedestrian, bicycle and transit use.

• Encourage redevelopment and new investment.

• Identify strategic improvements to infrastructure.

• Examine different ways for reconfiguring the I-205 and Highway 43 interchange for improved safety and operations.

• Assess the feasibility of various actions and investments.

• Build support from stakeholders and residents for the new directions of the area.

The City kicked off the project with the City Council on January 27, 2014.  The project will be guided by an advisory committee comprised of who will meet throughout 2014.  A technical committee with staff from various agencies will also provide input and guidance.

There will be numerous opportunities for public input throughout the year including surveys, events, and a storefront studio in April.

Draft concepts and recommendations are expected in July and a draft plan will be reviewed by the City Council before the end of 2014.  Any required regulatory changes are expected in early 2015.

The project is funded through a $220,000 Metro Community Planning and Development grant, which is funded through the construction excise tax.  The City is providing an $80,000 in-kind match.