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:
Photo: Narrow walkway in Barbur Blvd. Demonstration Project (SW 19th - SW 26th)
The City of Portland is holding a hearing on August 15 to help PBOT decide which projects they recommend for “Regional Flexible Funding.” SWNI will be commenting in support of the two SW Projects listed below:
Public Hearing: RFFA and REOF Candidate Projects
Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Portland Building – Auditorium on the 2nd Floor
1120 SW 5th Ave
This is an opportunity for the public to provide testimony on candidate projects and priorities.
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc (SWNI) is on record as supporting the Barbur Demo Project and the Southwest in Motion (SWIM) planning proposal. See attached letter from SWNI to Metro Council from May 30 2013
A recommendation on which priority projects to select for funding will go to City Council in September 2013. Metro JPACT will have a hearing on the final selection in October 2013.
City of Portland – Regional Flexible Funds Allocation
Available Funds (Fiscal Year 2016-2018)
Active Transportation $10.23 million
Freight/Green Economy $3.77 million
Regional Economic Opportunity Fund $8.26 million
Total Funding Available $22.26 million
Applications by Category
St. Johns Truck Strategy Phase 2
Swan Island ITS
Central City Multimodal Safety Improvements
Southwest In Motion Active Transportation Strategy
Foster Road Safety Project
St. Johns Truck Strategy Phase 2
Barbur Demonstration Project 19th Ave. to 26th Ave.
Powell/Division Safety and Access to Transit
Regional Economic Opportunity Fund
East Portland in Motion - Access to Employment and Education
RFFA/REOF project descriptions and maps: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=42861#comment
Previous PBOT news feed post regarding the grants with helpful links to learn more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/450267
Direct Link to Metro RFFA website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=19681
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 plans to begin construction on the bridge rehabilitation project in early spring 2014. Although some construction activities will take place during the day, nighttime construction work is scheduled in order to minimize impacts to traffic on Barbur Blvd during peak travel times.
The City of Portland's Noise review Board will hold a continuation of a review of ODOT's noise variance application at its September public hearing: Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 6 pm at 1221 SW 4th Ave., Rose Room (3rd floor). See letter ODOT notice and location map below. ODOT is requesting a multi-year construction noise variance, for up to 193 nights or Sunday work dates for nighttime roadway and bridge construction on Oregon Highway 99 West at the Newbury and Vermont Street Bridges. The request is for work running from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
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.