The McLoughlin Boulevard Enhancement Project, Phase 2, is being designed to make safety improvements to the portion of McLoughlin Boulevard between the Clackamas River Bridge and Dunes Drive. The design is currently at the 60% design phase stage and the project includes enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities, landscaping, street trees and water quality improvements. The project has an eye on the future development of the area while considering the rich past of Oregon City.
In January, a competition was held for Portland State University architecture students to come up with gateway concepts that could be incorporated into the design. The community attended an evening of presentations by the students and voted for their favorites. The People’s Choice award went to Chris Kline, for his concept "Timeline: Gateway to a Rich History.” Chris’ proposal “celebrates history and creates a lasting and dynamic threshold into Oregon City that will continue to evolve with the City.” His concept included a boardwalk timeline, landmarks with historical information, natural plantings and seating areas for pedestrians to pause and reflect. The project team looked at not only his concept, but those of the other entries to select items to incorporate into the final design.
A 60% design phase open house was held on April 30 to gather feedback from the community about the architectural elements in the design. Over the next few months, the design will be refined and another open house will be held in August or September to review the final design and to discuss construction impacts and mitigation.
McLoughlin Boulevard Design Open House
The 60% design open house was held at the City Hall, 625 Center Street in Oregon City on April 30, from 5:30-7 pm.
We had a great attendance to this event and received lots a great feedback from the public. Thank you for attending this event and showing support for this project. The next open house will be during the 90% design level and will be scheduled for sometime in August or September. I will send another email blast and reminder when we set the date.
The project consultant, David Evans and Associates prepared information boards and exhibits for last nights event. If you were unable to attend last night please click on the links below to view information about the project.
View the Gateway Design Concepts - Presentations by PSU Architecture Grad Students at open house held on 1/29/2013.
Learn which Gateway Design Concept was voted as the favorite gateway design for the "People's Choice Award" at the Urban Renewal Commission Meeting on Wednesday, February 6, at 5:30pm at City Hall.
Citizen-based Project Advisory Working Group (PAWG) meetings:
Upcoming PAWG Meeting #4 -
Monday, May 6, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
City Hall Commission Chambers, 625 Center St, Oregon City
View PAWG Meeting #2 - Dec 3, 2012
View PAWG Meeting #1 - Nov 5, 2012
View a video of the Gateway Design Concepts Open House (held 1/29/13) by PSU Architecture Grad Students.
The "People's Choice Award" was announced at the City Commission meeting on February 6, 2013.
The City of Oregon City and ODOT are partnering to implement this project. The firm of David Evans and Associates, Inc.(DEA) has been contracted for the engineering and design phase of this effort. Construction bids are expected to be let in the late fall of 2013. A citizen-based Project Advisory Working Group will meet periodically and work in collaboration with the project design team to provide feedback during the design process.
Downtown Oregon City is a high density, pedestrian-rich area, and is designated within Metro’s Region 2040 plan as a Regional Center to provide goods and services supporting nearby populations. However the OR 99E highway corridor separates the city center from its riverfront, and is designed primarily to accommodate motorized vehicles moving through the area. The project seeks to reduce barriers for pedestrians and cyclists while enhancing public infrastructure conditions to support gradual redevelopment over time.
Phase 2 will produce a design for an enhanced McLoughlin Boulevard from the Clackamas River Bridge to Dunes Drive. Principal changes will include improved pedestrian and cycling access along and across the roadway in a manner that is consistent with ODOT highway safety standards and the long-term vision for Downtown Oregon City, the regional center and its waterfront.
State and local long-term plans call for upgrading the highway area to improve multi-modal traffic flow. This project will enhance the multi-modal activity in the area with a boulevard type street design that includes the installation of wider sidewalks, landscape buffer between the sidewalk and the arterial, median landscaping where possible, new lighting, gateway treatment with architectural enhancements, bus-stop amenities (frequent bus corridor), improved bicycle environment, architectural railing replacing chain link fence, improved pedestrian connections to regional trail, regional park, waterfront, and skate park, and sidewalk infill on Dunes Drive while minimizing adverse impacts on through traffic flows.
Oregon City’s McLoughlin Boulevard Enhancement Plan is a guiding local resource for this project design (Adopted May 18, 2005).