Clackamas County's Mike Bezner, Jamie Stasny, and Trent Wilson spoke with the WEA Transportation Committee this week.
The trio provided an update on the County's transportation efforts, including its Transportation Development Plan (TDP), Bike/Walk Plan, legislative priorities, tolling, and more.
Stasny explained how the TDP guides transportation investment funds for transit services.
She showed the committee a map of Clackamas County areas lacking transit service, which are referred to as "service deserts."
Wilson spoke about the dynamics of the county in terms of topography and the challenges it creates in servicing parts of the region.
He also talked about the County's legislative priorities, saying it often involves I-205 and/or the Sunrise Corridor.
I-205 is not a Clackamas County project (it's an ODOT project), but according to Wilson, it affects the commuting in the county, freight movement, economic development, and other facets of life.
He pointed out that there isn't really an alternative route that bypasses the interstate, and it's an evacuation route in the event of a natural disaster.
Wilson said he and his colleagues are advocating for state and federal funding for Phase 1 of the I-205 project, which is between West Linn's 10th Street and Highway 213.
The project is said to be prime for funding given it's 90% designed and construction ready.
Wilson also touched on the Sunrise Corridor area around I-205 and Happy Valley where two old state highways (Highway 212 and Highway 224) service the area.
He said the system is outdated and not able to handle the current or future demands on it.
It was put to the test last year during wildfire evacuations - this area also serves as an evacuation route going east or west.
The County is asking the legislature for $4 million in funding for the Sunrise Gateway Corridor, and it has $1.5 million in local matching funds for it.
When it comes to congestion pricing, Wilson shared his concerns about the proposed tolling of I-205 and how Clackamas County residents would be the first to experience it ahead of the rest of the region.