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SW Multnomah Blvd / Garden Home Road Intersection Safety Project


 Multnomah/Garden Home intersection


The Portland Bureau of Transportation, through a funding partnership with Washington County, plans to improve the intersection of SW Multnomah Boulevard, Garden Home Road and 69th Avenue to reduce crashes, improve sight distance, address queueing issues, and provide safer, more comfortable pedestrian and bicycle facilities.


Summary of proposed designs - Click here to take our survey and let us know what you think.

*See very bottom of page for link to conceptual drawings*

Installing roundabout or traffic signal based on input from residents, cost, and technical feasibility.

On SW Garden Home rd between SW 69th – SW 71st, PBOT is proposing the following cross-section (south to north): 5’ bike lane, 2’ buffer, three 10’ motor vehicle lanes (includes center turn lane), 2’ buffer, 5’ bike lane, and 7’ curb tight sidewalk.

For SW 69th (south leg), PBOT is proposing to maintain only bicycle and pedestrian access on 69th (south leg).  Motor vehicle traffic would use SW 67th.  Our expected outcomes include lowering the risks of crashes by serving fewer legs at the intersection and affecting traffic operations on SW Multnomah/Garden home which would result in less green signal phasing for the main arterial.  

For SW 69th (north leg),the proposal is specific to whether PBOT moves forward with a roundabout or traffic signal.

  • For the roundabout option, PBOT is proposing allowing right turn in and right turn out from 69th only.  Traffic coming out from 69th and wanting to head east could still turn right and circle around the roundabout to head east.
  • For the traffic signal option, PBOT is proposing allowing right turn in only and eliminating access from 69th onto Multnomah.  This proposal is grounded in the fact that 69th may be too close to the traffic signal and may pose a safety risk.

Completing sidewalk infill (10' wide) on SW Garden Home rd between SW 69th-SW 71st on north side of street.

Installing crosswalks and American Disabilities Act compliant curb ramps on all legs of the intersection.

Enhancing current bicycle facilities by providing a buffer between cars and bikes.

Improving transit speeds through transit signal priority or street design.


Multi-jurisdictional coordination
Although PBOT is the road authority for SW Garden Home east of SW 71st, PBOT is coordinating with the following entities:

  • Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation
  • City of Beaverton (Transportation)
  • Beaverton School District
  • TriMet
  • City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Portland Fire and Rescue
  • Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue


Online Survey

Our survey is LIVE and will run until 3/1/19. Click here to take the survey.


Public Involvement Dates

Dec. 20, 2018 - Online survey launched

Jan. 4, 2019 - Mailer to nearby residents sent

Week of Jan. 7 - door-to-door outreach for residents near intersection

Jan 8, 2019- Presentation to PBOT bicycle advisory committee (6pm at Portland City Hall- open to the public)

Jan. 17, 2019- Open House 6-830p at Garden Home Rec Center (7475 SW Oleson Rd)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (4:30-630pm) & Friday, January 25, 2019 (4-6p)- Office Hours

 "Office Hours" are for residents to informally chat with project team. Location: Garden Home Growlers (7410 SW Oleson Rd).  Office hours will be open to community members of all ages and will in the seating area near the produce section of the grocery store.  Shopping center served by TriMet line 45 and is accessible for people using mobility devices.



$1,000,000  Washington County MSTIP 3e

$1,156,000  City of Portland Transportation System Development Charges  

$2,156,000  TOTAL

PBOT is actively exploring additional funding options for this project.


Pre-Design / Alternatives Analysis:  December 2018- Spring 2019

Design:  Spring 2019- Spring 2020

Right-of-Way:  Summer 2019 – Winter 2019

Construction:  Fall 2020 – Summer 2021



Several alternatives will be considered, including a realigned intersection with a traffic signal and a roundabout.  Further project development is needed to weigh the benefits and challenges of each alternative. The project may also include biking and walking improvements on SW Multnomah from Garden Home to SW 45th.  We would like to hear the community’s thoughts and ideas about problems and potential solutions at this intersection.  


Intersection Facts

The intersection sees approximately 17,000 entering vehicles daily, including approximately 16,000 on the west Garden Home leg, 14,000 on the Multnomah leg and 3,500 on the east Garden Home leg.

Over the ten year period from 2006 to 2015, the intersection has seen:

33 total crashes

1 fatal crash (single car, alcohol)

0 serious injury crashes (“Injury A”)

5 bicycle crashes

0 pedestrian crashes

15 crashes involving turning vehicles

11 rear-end crashes

3 run-off road crashes

*There may be more crashes that have not been reported.


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Timur Ender, Capital Project Manager