Community Connections

People walking and biking down a tree-lined pathway

In 2021 Benton County renamed the Corvallis-Albany Bikeway Project to the Community Connections Project. We believe this better reflects the path's purpose of offering the two cities a safe, new connection for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between the North Albany area and Downtown Corvallis.

We’re excited to share with you that Benton County is continuing to move forward with a portion of the U.S. 20 community connection route between Corvallis and Albany.

In April of 2017, after extensive community outreach to property owners, community members, Bicycle Advisory committee members, and other stakeholders, the Benton County Board of Commissioners directed staff to focus on a final destination for a connective path along U.S. 20.

This project was placed on hold in 2019 to allow for additional route research regarding private property impacts, project costs, funding options, constructability, safety, traffic and environmental impacts.

The Pilkington to Merloy Connection is moving forward! The continuation of this connection was made possible by a Community Paths Grant awarded to the County in 2021. Construction of the Pilkington to Merloy connection is tentatively scheduled for 2022. Benton County has contracted with David Evans and Associates to provide preliminary design services and right-of-way acquisition assistance.

The County is working closely with the Oregon Department of Transportation while they move forward with design of the U.S. 20 safety improvement projects. This collaborative effort will ensure the vision for the community connections from Corvallis to Albany can be realized.

 

Bicycling Children

The Community Connections project has been divided into a 3 phased approach. The 1st phase identified the need and potential for use. The 2nd phase will assess the possible routes to narrow the options to 1. And the 3rd phase will focus on preliminary engineering of the bikeway along the selected route.

Highway 20 Route Map

Several options were identified as potential routes for the final bikeway path.

The stakeholder group recommended the Highway 20 Route move forward to Phase 3.

The stakeholder group recommended the rural route be placed in the TSP.

The County Board directed staff to move to Phase 3 on June 6, 2017.

In 2021 the County renamed the Corvallis-Albany Bikeway to the Community Connections project.

The Community Connections path will be completed in sections. Pilkington to Merloy section is tentatively slated to begin construction in 2022.