McLoughlin Blvd Enhancements

Phase 3: 10th Street to tumwata village

Related: Listen to the Inside City Hall Podcast discussing the McLoughlin Blvd. Enhancement Project

ODOT Project Name: Willamette Falls Path/OR99E Enhance: 10th St - Railroad Ave

OC Project ID: CI 22-002
Project Type: Capital Improvement
Project Status: Active
Neighborhood: Two Rivers, McLoughlin (adjacent)


The City of Oregon City and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are partnering to evaluate options for a shared-use pedestrian and bicycle path and streetscape enhancements on both sides of McLoughlin Boulevard between 10th Street and tumwata village. This project is the last and most complex phase of Oregon City’s McLoughlin Boulevard Enhancement Plan, which has been in progress for the past 20 years.

Opportunities for Community Participation and Feedback

The City will host two online open houses to share additional information about the project. The first Virtual Open House was Dec 6-22.  The second open house is scheduled for mid-spring 2024. City Commission briefings will occur throughout the process and can be attended by the public or streamed online. 

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Project Benefits and Needs

Reconnect Downtown Oregon City with the Willamette River
  • The project aims to provide safe access to people who walk, access transit, bike and roll on McLoughlin Boulevard. Currently it lacks dedicated on-street bike lanes, proper and sufficient sidewalks and railings and a barrier to fast-moving traffic.
  • Improved infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users will close a substandard and unsightly transportation gap.
  • Support Oregon City's tourism, economic, and community development goals by improving walking and biking facilities to better integrate and re-orientate downtown’s relationship with the Willamette River.


Project Documents

City Commission Briefings

Boards, Commissions, and Community Meetings  

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  1. Dayna Webb

    City Engineer

  2. Christina Robertson-Gardiner

    Senior Planner

Glossary of Terms

Above are some technical terms you may encounter as you read some of the documents. Our goal is to make sure everybody has access to the issues and does not feel excluded because of any technical jargon. Let us know if we should add any additional terms to the list.
Term Definition
Complete Streets
Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe use for all users. Those include people of all ages and abilities, regardless of whether they are traveling as drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or public transportation riders.
Active Transportation
Active transportation is self-propelled motion or getting around using human power, whether you are walking, cycling, jogging, skateboarding, inline skating or traveling in a non-mechanized wheelchair.
Shared Use Path
Shared paths are paved, off-road facilities designed for travel by a variety of non-motorized users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, joggers, and others. Design widths may vary depending upon the location and anticipated use.
MMA (Multimodal Mixed Use Area)
The Multimodal Mixed-Use Area (MMA) designation was established as a way for Oregon cities to identify appropriate areas for compact, walkable, mixed-use development and where some state traffic restrictions can be lifted to help achieve these goals. (ODOT) adopted by Oregon City in 2014
STA (Special Transportation Area)
A highway segment designation that may be applied to a highway section that also functions as a downtown main street, characterized by low posted speeds and types of commercial or mixed land uses that benefit from pedestrian traffic, on-street parking and other amenities. (ODOT) adopted by Oregon City in 2014
Viaduct A viaduct is a specific type of bridge that consists of a series of arches, piers or columns supporting a road. Typically a viaduct connects two points of roughly equal elevation, allowing direct overpass across terrain features and obstacles. Mcloughlin Blvd between 10th and 8th Streets is a viaduct structure built in the early 1940s.
tumwata village
In 2019, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde purchased the former Blue Heron Paper Mill. They are currently working on their vision and Master Plan for the site.