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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Moses Plan

In the early 40s, there was the recognition that widening streets like West Burnside was expensive. The idea of separating different forms of traffic came to Portland, including limited access facilities like the freeway. Robert Moses, a New York consultant, proposed a loop similar to the downtown freeway loop today and like Highway 217 and I-205. The through-traffic is separated from the local traffic, transit, and pedestrians.