Canby Ferry Alternatives Feasibility Study Open House

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The public is invited to learn and make suggestions about Clackamas County’s Canby Ferry Alternatives Feasibility Study at an open house set for 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the Willamette Room of the Canby Public Library.  

The Canby Ferry is operated by the county’s Transportation Maintenance Division. While it carries passengers across the Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville during daylight hours, it cannot operate when the river level is above 70 feet and during inclement weather, only carries six cars at a time, costs motorists $5 per vehicle for a one-way trip, and costs the county considerably more money to operate than it receives in revenue.

Therefore, the county is studying the financial feasibility of six alternatives for crossing the Willamette River at the location of the ferry.

  1. Canby Ferry – continue service
  2. Canby Ferry – discontinue service
  3. Bridge (no toll) – continue ferry service
  4. Bridge (no toll) – discontinue ferry service
  5. Toll bridge – continue ferry service
  6. Toll bridge – discontinue ferry service

The study, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, will include detailed traffic modeling and cost estimates of each option, and consideration of related work that would be needed on roadways if a bridge were built. Another public meeting will be held in October to share the study findings with the community.

More information about the feasibility study and a brief questionnaire on the project website are at www.clackamas.us/transportation/cfalternatives.html.   

Project Manager Stephen Williams, the county’s principal transportation planner, explains that no decisions have been made yet on whether to build a bridge or on the future status of the Canby Ferry. The Board of County Commissioners will review the results in late 2018 and discuss the issues further. No further action would be taken without additional public input. 

For more information, contact Stephen Williams at 503-742-4696 or swilliams@clackamas.us.