Funding uncertainty stalls Springwater Trail project celebration

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Pavement in limbo due to
funding uncertainty.
(Photo: Aaron Tarfman)

Supporters of a project that would pave the Springwater Trail from SE Rugg Road to Dee Street in Boring are celebrating this morning after news that the Oregon Department of Transportation has put the project on its recommended funding list.

The $1.2 million Springwater Trail project — which was applied for by the Clackamas County Parks department and received an outpouring of community support — is one of 13 on the final recommended list (out of an initial 91). According to Clackamas County Parks planner Katie Dunham, the total project cost is $1.8 million and it won’t happen with the TE money.

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Following collision, PDOT puts Broadway/Williams back into play

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BAC meeting - October-6

PDOT’s Rob Burchfield and Matthew
Machado presented ideas for changes to
the dangerous the Broadway/Williams
intersection last night.
(Photos � J. Maus)

The Office of Transportation has struggled for years to figure out how to safely manage bike and car traffic flow at the intersection of Broadway and Williams.

Following two fatalities due to right-hooks last fall, PDOT placed the intersection on a list of the 14 most dangerous in the city and initially planned to install a bike box. However, after further study of the intersection, it was determined that a bike box would not be a good solution at this location.

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Planning Bureau unveils design concepts for 7 Corners intersection

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One concept on the table is
the creation of a new public plaza at
the end of Ladd Ave.

As I reported last month, the Office of Transportation and the Bureau of Planning have embarked on a project to improve the 7 Corners intersection (where SE Division, Ladd, 20th, and 21st streets converge).

At last night’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, Tom Armstrong from the Bureau of Planning introduced the three design concepts and received feedback on how the designs might impact bike traffic.

Armstrong told us that the two goals of the project are “How can we enhance this area to give it a more distinctive place, while at the same time maintain mobility through the intersection.”

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Follow-up: Gateway Green Vision Plan now online

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Gateway Green Vision Plan
Download it (3MB, PDF)

Gateway Green is an ambitious project to reclaim 35 acres of unused land at the intersections of I-84 and I-205 in East Portland.

Last week I shared a preview of the project after I had a sneak peek at the Vision Plan — a 27-page document that lays out the design, funding, and other aspects of the project.

A key component of the project is to incorporate bicycle trails both for recreational (mostly unpaved) and transportation-oriented uses (it would be a pass-through for commuters connecting to I-205 path and future Sullivan’s Gulch Trail).

Now the Vision Plan is available online on the website of the Portland Development Commission.

Once you download it, turn to page 11. In the chapter on “Design”, the first heading under “The Plan” is “Bicycling”. What follows are paragraphs on “Bicycle Commuting”;

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