Construction has started! The Stephenson/Boones Ferry intersection project is proceeding as planned and is estimated to be complete by September 30, 2014. There are no plans to close Boones Ferry Road. Flaggers are directing traffic with individual lane closures. Click on the image below to view a PDF of the final construction plat:
The city is currently engaged in final preparations for putting the project up for bidding, scheduled for early February. The scheduled start is June 2014 and the project should last 3 months. Work is scheduled for spring to moving utility lines. Two permanent reader boards are in the plans, moving the existing north-bound one down and across the street for greater advanced-warning visibility.
Right of Way Acquisition Phase: Complete
Design Phase: Currently at 90% design. Over the summer, staff worked with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) to refine the stormwater management elements of the design. Final plans are scheduled for November 2013.
Construction Phase: The project will go out for bid January 2014. Construction will start March-April 2014 and last approximately 6 months.
Right-of-Way Acquisition Phase nearing completion.
Design Phase tentatively scheduled for completion July 2013.
Construction Phase tentatively scheduled to begin fall 2013. Construction could be pushed out to spring 2014 if BES' culvert maintenance work on SW Boones Ferry is delayed.
Portland City Council authorized the Bureau of Transportation to begin negotiations with landowners to acquire right-of-way for intersection improvement through the exercise of the City's Eminent Domain Authority.
View a video of Portland City Council 1-9-13 AM Session: http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=49508&a=429721
Click on the picture above to view the updated Boones Ferry-Stephenson Design Concept.
PBOT had agreed to revisit the design and reduce the right-of-acquisitions to the extent possible. The diagram above reflects these updates. The only change that PBOT has made to the design since the neighborhood vote was to realign the new segment of SW Stephenson Court to reduce the taking from the property at 710 SW Stephenson Court. They were able to shift SW Stephenson Court and slightly reduce the taking to the north. Due to sight line requirements, they weren't able to reduce the taking expected from the property at 818 SW Stephenson Street.
The Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association’s efforts in advocating for safety improvements to the Boones Ferry/Stephenson intersection resulted in funding of $1.2 million from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. By fiscal year-end, PBOT was prepared to allocate the funds to other projects in the 2012-2013 transportation budget if Arnold Creek residents could not come to an agreement on what improvements should be made. PBOT requested confirmation that Arnold Creek residents wanted to move forward with the proposed improvements (see exhibit A below). A vote was taken at the May 8, 2012 Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association meeting to move forward with proposed improvements or surrender funding.
May 8 vote results: Should Arnold Creek move forward with proposed improvements?
Read the Stakeholder Advisory Committee Recommendation
Exhibit A: BoonesFerry-Stephenson Design Concept
Exhibit B: SW Stephenson - Boones Ferry SAC Meeting Summaries
Neighbors voiced their opinions in an online survey before the May 8th meeting.
View survey results.
The Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association advocates for enforcement of building codes and has submitted testimony to object when developers request sidewalk waivers. As a result, developers have been required to contribute money to an intersection improvement fund if they are given a sidewalk waiver. System development charges (SDC’s) collected by the city have also been added to the fund.
In 2004, the owner of land at 11850 SW Boones Ferry Road, just south of the intersection initiated the process of subdividing the site and adding a new street entrance to Boones Ferry. The Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association submitted written objection and made a recommendation to the city that the intersection be improved before allowing the development to move forward. Portland City Council denied the appeal of the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association. The Tryon Creek Estates subdivision calls for 8 lots with a private dead end street just south of the intersection.
In 2009, an electronic speed sign was installed at the intersection of SW Boones Ferry Road and SW Stephenson Street at the request of the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association in hopes of slowing traffic. Additionally, the City of Portland hired a consulting group that submitted three proposals to improve the intersection:
The cost estimate was approximately $1.5 million. At the time, there was only $750,000 in the intersection fund.
At the April 2011 ACNA meeting, the Intersection Realignment proposal was presented by Portland Bureau of Transportation, costing $1.2 million, fully funded by the intersection fund. It is the proposal that was voted on at the May meeting (see above for details).
In June 2011, the city presented two new roundabout designs; one at the current location and one moving the intersection south. The roundabout previously proposed was less expensive but did not include required construction costs of water line relocation and fixing vertical alignment (lowering of road 2 vertical feet). A comparison of the realignment design presented at the April meeting to an updated roundabout proposal included the following:
A Local Improvement District (LID) was suggested as a way to secure the additional $1.3 million needed for a roundabout; a group of property owners would share the cost. There was not neighborhood support for this option.