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West Burnside Multimodal Study

About the West Burnside Multimodal Study

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is leading the West Burnside Multimodal Study to evaluate opportunities to improve safety and accessibility along and across West Burnside Street between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue.

West Burnside Street is a major east‐west travel route through downtown Portland and connecting to the West Hills and areas to the west of the City. On an average day, between 21,000 and 25,000 vehicles use the undivided four‐lane facility to travel east or west in the blocks between Interstate 405 (I‐405) and the West Hills.

West Burnside Street also acts as a barrier to north‐south movement for bicyclists and pedestrians, due to crossing difficulties and a lack of facilities in some locations. Additionally, the existing configuration in the vicinity of 18th Avenue, 19th Avenue, Alder Street, and West Burnside Street is problematic in a number of ways:

  • It does not allow for comfortable crossings of people walking and biking;
  • Vehicle and TriMet operations are not intuitive, and
  • Vehicle speeds traveling eastbound on Alder Street are excessive.

 

Why this study?

The study is part of a series of other improvements on Burnside Street. It takes advantage of a limited time opportunity for funding with other related work on W Burnside Street. The study will help to further the City’s Vision Zero safety goals on the high crash corridor W/E Burnside Street. Also, it will help inform near-term future planning for the Central City Multimodal Plan.

 

For more information contact:

Gabe Graff, Project Manager
gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-5291

 

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West Burnside Multimodal Study

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) initiated the West Burnside Multimodal Study to evaluate opportunities to improve safety and accessibility along and across West Burnside Street between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue.

West Burnside Multimodal Study - Appendix A

Potential SW Alder Street / SW 14th Avenue Bicycle Connection

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W Burnside Neighborhood Meetings

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