The Transportation Committee acts as a forum in the community for improvement of the transportation system in SW Portland in all its modes: auto, pedestrian, bicycle, transit, even freight. More specifically, the committee:
Find out about the 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.
Read more at http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id/35309
the Portland Comprehensive Plan is a generalized, coordinated land use map and policy statement of Portland that interrelates all functional and natural systems and activities relating to the use of lands, including but not limited to sewer and water systems, transportation systems, educational facilities, recreational facilities, and natural resources and air and water quality management programs.
Read more at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/34249
The Barbur Concept Plan will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland's Central City to the Tigard city limit.
Read more at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=55269
ODOT is currently designing a project to rehabilitate the Newbury Street bridge and the Vermont Street bridge on SW Barbur Boulevard (Oregon Highway 99W), just south of Capitol Highway in Portland. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in early 2014.
Read more at http://www.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/region1/pages/vermont_newbury/index.aspx
The Stephens Creek Stormwater System Plan is a multi-year pilot to analyze and put forth recommendations to improve both stormwater infrastructure and watershed health conditions in the Stephens Creek Watershed. This pilot project's lessons learned will inform a citywide approach to stormwater systems planning that would lead to more innovative, cost-effective solutions to protect water quality. This could allow a performance-based approach to stormwater requirements for transportation projects and other developments in SW Portland.
The City of Portland has allocated funding from the new fees enacted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature (HB 2001) to construct sidewalks on the busier streets (called “arterials”) in Portland where they are most needed. Approximately $16 million will be available citywide for improvements. SWNI is working with its neighborhood associations to identify the arterials that we will recommend to the City as our highest priorities. SWNI has previously identified SW Capitol Highway, SW Barbur Blvd. and the Red Electric Trail as the highest priority streets that need pedestrian and bicycle improvements. This project will look at the other arterials in SW Portland that also need pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
Read more at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/51098
Citizens approached Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. with a proposal to make safety improvements at the intersection known as "Hoot Owl Corner": the intersection of SW Capitol Highway, SW 30 and SW Vermont. The conceptual proposal would define walkways and driveways on the east side and add bike lanes through the slip lane.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation are conducting a safety study of this intersection and potential projects to improve safety of motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists traveling through the area. ODOT and PBOT discussed some preliminary safety solutions with the Transportation Committee on December 20, 2010. The City of Portland designated SW Barbur Blvd. as a high-crash corridor in 2010 and the transportation committee anticipates that solutions will be identified and funded in the near future.
The SWNI Transportation and Land Use Committees Co-sponsored a Community Forum on March 15, 2010 to encourage local residents and businesses to meet with elected officials and decisionmakers and discuss plans underway that will affect the Crossroads over the next twenty years. Here are some documents related to the Community Forum.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is planning improvements along SW Capitol Highway from Multnomah Boulevard to Taylors Ferry Road, as described in the 1996 Capitol Highway Plan. Serving as a linkage between Multnomah Village and West Portland, a major challenge will be incorporating stormwater facilities, sidewalks and bike lanes, while retaining its rural feel. Other changes include intersection realignment and traffic safety improvements.
Portland's Bureau of Transportation is building the next generation of bicycle boulevards throughout the city. This new bouldvard extends from SW Terwilliger to SW Shattuck near Alpenrose Dairy, along SW Vermont and SW Illinois Streets for most of the route. The major focus for funds along this route will be the crossings of Terwilliger, the intersection of Vermont and Capitol Highway, transition from SW 45th Avenue to SW Vermont, and stretches of Vermont Street with unimproved shoulders to provide a walkable and bikeable space.