WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — The semi-truck crash that closed northbound Interstate 5 at Wilsonville for hours Thursday morning raises new questions about the busy corridor leading into the Portland metro.
The southbound semi crossed over the median, hit several northbound vehicles, including a pickup that burst into flames. Four people were hospitalized, two with serious injuries.
Even when there’s not a crash, there is almost always a daily traffic tie-up in the area, especially at the Boone Bridge crossing the Willamette River.
Clackamas County looked at building a new bridge crossing that would have replaced the Canby Ferry. Drivers used the ferry Thursday to avoid the I-5 closure — but the ferry only fits six cars at a time.
The ferry’s been a money loser. At $5 per car, it’s losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But building a bridge where there is a narrow and winding two-lane road on both sides of the river got a big thumbs-down from local residents.
“Imagine all the traffic on that country winding road,” said ferry user Judi Young. “It would just cause more accidents on that road than a controlled highway or freeway. Pretty scary.”
For now, the idea of putting 16,000 cars where there are now 200-per-day was abandoned. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been looking at building an extra southbound lane on I-5 in the Wilsonville area.
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