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Commissioners request light rail project alternatives from TriMet

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Clackamas County commissioners sent a letter to TriMet asking the agency to reconsider the design of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project to stop at the county's border.

The commissioners voted 4-1 on Jan. 31 to make the request of TriMet and the letter was sent Tuesday.

In November, Clackamas County voters approved a ballot measure seeking a public vote before committing resources to finance, design or operate light rail projects within the county.

The board of commissioners' letter said they will seek voter authorization in May before deciding whether to proceed with planned land acquisitions TriMet needs to complete the construction.

"Though we are not certain what the outcome of the vote will be, there is a potential that our voters may not support elements of the project necessary to advance the project all the way to Park Ave. Therefore, we ask that you carefully consider any and all alternatives that terminate the project north of Park Ave., either in Milwaukie or at Tacoma Street," the letter states.

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is set to connect downtown Portland, inner southeast Portland, Milwaukie and north Clackamas County.

Construction began on the project's bridge over the Willamette River in July 2011.

The completed Portland-Milwaukie project is scheduled to open in September 2015, according to TriMet.

The letter will be up for public discussion at the commission's business meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City.

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