A long-term dream and goal of SW Neighborhoods, Inc. is construction of sidewalks, bike lanes, and storm water management on Capitol Hwy from the Multnomah Village viaduct south to Taylors Ferry Road. The history is long. The city issued the Capitol Highway Plan in 1996 and the SW Capitol Highway Refinement Report in 2011. The City of Portland has recently completed several important bicycle and pedestrian projects in southwest Portland. We believe it is now time to turn to Capitol Highway. See the links below for our September 4, 2014 letter to City Council and the three page report by Transportation Committee member Al Iverson.
ODOT is notifying neighbors about some new pedestrian improvements that will be constructed along SW Barbur at SW 13th Ave. These improvements include:
The public should expect construction impacts in this area. Motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users need to be aware that ODOT will be restricting one lane of traffic northbound on SW Barbur Blvd. as well as occasional lane restrictions on SW Barbur Blvd. headed southbound. TriMet bus stops will temporarily be relocated during construction. Northbound and Southbound shoulder bike lanes in this section of SW Barbur Blvd. will be closed intermittently during construction. Construction will begin June of 2014 and will be completed (60) days after construction begins. Should you have any questions about this project, please contact Shelli Romero at (503) 731-8231 or by email at Shelli.Romero@odot.state.or.us
The Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive planning effort to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation.
Click HERE to view comment letter sent by Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. regarding the draft recommendations for the Southwest Corridor Plan (5/6/2014 draft). We requested officials review our comments prior to consideration of final recommendations at the June 9 SWC Steering Committee meeting.
During the April 29th SW Corridor Community Forum, citizens were given an opportunity to provide comments about the SW Corridor Plan on written comment cards. These are summarized HERE. Citizens were also invited to participate in a Community Preference Exercise by voting on future projects in Southwest Portland associated with the SW Corridor Plan. These results are summarized HERE. Both documents were forwarded to panelists and their staff on May 14, 2014.
Click here for an audio recording of the event. Informal SWNI SWC notes are also available for review from the event. The SWNI forum was held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in the Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium. Attendees learned about Metro's Southwest Corridor Plan; how high capacity transit could improve access to jobs, services and education in SW Portland and how this could improve overall livability within the Portland section of the Corridor. Residents had an opportunity to let elected officials hear their comments, suggestions, reservations, etc. about a high capacity transit project coming to SW Portland. SWNI thanks the decision-makers panel; Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey and SWNI President Marianne Fitzgerald. See pictures below.
Metro is refining the Southwest Corridor Plan in preparation for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement phase that begins in July 2014. The SWNI Transportation Committee solicited the top three priority SW Corridor “roadway and active transportation” projects from every neighborhood association and submitted the results to Commissioner Steve Novick, responsible for the Bureau of Transportation.
The Portland Working Group has been created as a forum for Portlanders to learn about the current phase of the Southwest Corridor Plan and provide input on High Capacity Transit (HCT) options as well as related roadway and multimodal transportation projects.