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Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan

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The Columbia/ Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan is a plan to address safety, mobility, and access for freight, active transportation, and public transit both along the corridor (east/west) and across it (north/south). The project area runs from Interstate Avenue to I-205 with a buffer area to include parallel routes. The project began in January 2019 and is expected to go to City Council in summer 2020.

Report on Existing Conditions Now Available!

 A report on Existing Conditions can be downloaded here or by clicking the image of the report, and a summary of the report can be found here. The Existing Conditions report highlights current conditions and issues on and near the corridor.

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You can download the Existing Conditions Appendix A (Policy Review) here.  

 Public Involvement Summary

Thanks to everyone who took the online survey and noted issues on the online map during the months of May and June 2019. We had more than 750 people provide responses, and more than 1,500 comments on the online map. In addition, feedback was solicited through door-to-door engagement, tabling events, and presentations to various stakeholder groups. You can find a summary of the public involvement activities that have been conducted so far in this Public Involvement Summary document. Additional public engagement is being scheduled for the Fall, where projects will be shared for feedback and comment. More information will be shared soon, sign-up for the email list to be notified.

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Project Overview

NE Columbia Blvd and NE Lombard St, running parallel on opposite sides of the Kenton Line railroad, are vital links in the regionally-identified mobility corridor running east and west between the I-5 and I-205 freeways. According to the Regional Transportation Plan, mobility corridors should function well as a whole for all modes of transportation, though different modes may be prioritized to a greater or lesser degree on different facilities within the corridor. Due to aging infrastructure, gaps and deficiencies in the multimodal network, growing traffic congestion, major safety issues, and longer commuting distances, the Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor is not functioning as well as it should for the freight, transit, and active transportation modes that our policies tell us should be high priorities. All users would benefit from improvements that would enhance mobility and access, provide greater connectivity, and reduce conflicts.


Specific problems and issues of concern include:

  • A lack of separation between modes, outdated roadway designs, and sub-standard infrastructure have led to major safety issues on both Columbia and Lombard. Both streets are on the designated Vision Zero High Crash Network because of high crash rates, especially those involving motor vehicles.
  • The pedestrian and bicycle networks have major gaps and deficiencies and transit service is currently very limited, which means most commuters or visitors are reliant on personal vehicles that add to traffic congestion and increase cost of living.
  • Residents of nearby neighborhoods in Northeast Portland have difficulty accessing jobs, parks, and services in the area due to widely spaced and difficult connections across the corridor.
  • Proposed TriMet bus service on Columbia Blvd would be difficult to access because the street currently lacks adequate pedestrian facilities, crossings, and connections to employers.
  • At-grade railroad crossings, sub-standard over-crossings, missing connections and signals, and traffic bottlenecks have led to growing concerns about freight mobility and access in the corridor.
  • The lack of traffic management systems means that freight operators and personal drivers alike do not have adequate information to respond to congestion issues and choose the most optimal routes.
  • The corridor does not currently have a clear system of mode-specific treatments that would prioritize freight and transit over single-occupancy vehicles.

Map extentPlan Scope and Outcomes

The proposed Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan will identify, develop, and prioritize improvements that would make multimodal transportation and freight movement safer and more efficient along the corridor. Specifically, the proposed plan will include the following scope elements:

  • Conduct a corridor-wide mobility and access analysis to identify freight needs and potential solutions, including facility upgrades, new or improved connections, traffic management systems, priority treatments, and operational improvements.
  • Identify and prioritize access to transit and employment investments that support planned future bus service on Columbia Blvd, create last-mile connections to employers, and provide pedestrian and bicycle access from nearby neighborhoods.
  • Develop a Vision Zero strategy that includes context-sensitive safety solutions that prevent conflicts and improve safety for all modes while maintaining the ability for freight and transit to move efficiently and reliably.
  • Develop conceptual designs and cross-sections for Columbia, Lombard, and connections between them to provide clarity and direction for future capital projects, paving projects, and development review.
  • Recommend project and program priorities for the Transportation System Plan and develop an implementation strategy to ensure that the Columbia Corridor receives needed investments in a reasonable time frame.

BryanWould your group like to talk to our project team about mobility needs in the corridor?

We'd be happy to present and gather feedback.

Contact: Bryan Poole, Project Manager 503.823.1173


Last updated: 07.01.2019

Columbia Lombard Existing Conditions Report

Report on Existing Conditions Along and Near the Columbia and Lombard Corridors

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Agendas, notes, and materials from SAC meetings

Espanol Columbia Lombard Plan Informacion

Espanol Columbia Lombard Plan Informacion

Public Involvement Summary

Summary of Public Involvement Activities Through August 2019

Advisory Group position description

Downloadable and printable information about the Advisory Group.