April 2019 Update:
90% Plans Coming Soon
The SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village - West Portland design team is making steady progress on the 90% design engineering plans for the project. Notable refinements will include:
- Size, shape and other characteristics of rain gardens on SW Multnomah Boulevard between 40th and 45th Avenues.
- Minor pedestrian/bicycle improvements on SW Multnomah Boulevard between 40th and 45th Avenues.
- Extent and type of retaining walls along SW Capitol Highway.
- Minor refinements to the east side sidewalk of SW Capitol Highway to further protect a handful of existing trees and walls on private property.
- Additional detail on the striping and tactile devices that will be used to separate pedestrians and cyclists on the east side of SW Capitol Highway.
- Surface materials for the buffer zone between the roadway and protected bike lane / multi-use path.
Completion of the 90% plans is expected in June.
CM/GC Documents Nearly Complete
Preparing the necessary documents to request proposals from Construction Manager / General Contractor (CM/GC) firms and consortiums has taken longer than expected due to the complexity of reconciling general provisions and specifications of three city infrastructure bureaus. We expect to post a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May. CM/GC is not an everyday procurement method at the City of Portland – it is typically reserved for large, complex projects where there is anticipated benefit in having an experienced contractor come on board before design is complete to consult on construction methods and negotiate the construction price.
You may have seen city surveying crews along SW Capitol Highway this month. They are there to collect additional topographic data in a handful of locations so that we have more precise definition of temporary construction easement (TCE) areas. Many property owners along SW Capitol Highway and other project streets will be contacted by PBOT’s Right-of-Way Acquisition group later this spring and early summer to discuss project right-of-way needs. Most of these needs are for TCEs – these are areas where the contractor will need to have personnel and equipment in order to construct the project. Some locations near steeper slopes will require permanent wall maintenance easements and some narrow strips of permanent right-of-way. Federal and state laws require that property owners are owed compensation for any such “takings.”
Future Public Involvement Activities
The broader community will have an opportunity to engage with SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village - West Portland project staff at the following upcoming events:
- Capitol Highway Subcommittee meeting (June 2019, date TBD). PBOT and subcommittee chairman Chris Lyons are planning a meeting in June in concert with the completion of the 90% plans.
- Multnomah Days (August 17, 2019). PBOT will be a lead sponsor this year and we will have a table with information on this and other Southwest projects.
- Pre-Construction Open House (September-October 2019, date TBD). We are planning on having an open house with our CM/GC contractor before final plans are complete, so that the construction team can hear neighborhood feedback on construction-related concerns.
Construction is still anticipated to begin in December 2019 and last through most of 2020, with final paving in spring 2021.
January 2019 Update:
Design engineering continues and is currently between the 60% and 90% design milestones. Particular design refinements are occurring at property frontages to reduce impacts on private property while still maintaining the integrity of the project design. For example, the ped/bike/bus stop area at the northeast corner of Capitol and Alice Street is being narrowed from 18 feet to 15 feet in order to avoid impacts to a substantial planter wall.
On other fronts, the project team is focusing on two major efforts:
- Developing and advertising a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Construction Manager / General Contractor (CM/GC) services for the project: CM/GC is a procurement method in which a contractor joins the project before the design is finished in order to provide ideas that would make the project easier, faster, more affordable and less impactful to construct. The city then negotiates with the contractor on a construction price and moves forward with construction. CM/GC is typically used on large, complex projects such as this one. City Council approved the use of this contracting method for the project on December 5, 2018. We anticipate posting the RFP at the end of January.
- Right-of-way work: A number of temporary and permanent easements are needed to construct the project and to maintain retaining walls in the future. The project team has defined these exact areas and will be reaching out to affected property owners to negotiate compensation and other considerations over the next six to nine months. Permanent acquisitions of property are not needed for the project, other than property already acquired (or in process of being acquired) by the Bureau of Environmental Services for stormwater detention basins on SW Dolph Court and SW Multnomah Boulevard.
90% design is anticipated to be complete in late spring, with final plans in the fall. Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2019. No tree removal or other work will occur during the current winter of 2018-19. Construction will take place during most of 2020, with final paving as weather allows in early 2021.
We will hold a pre-construction open house with the contractor in fall of 2019 so that neighborhood residents can weigh in on construction sequencing, detours, and other construction details.
August 2018 Update: 60% Plans Complete
The project team has reached the 60% design milestone. Transportation improvements still consist of a sidewalk and protected bike lane on the east side of the road, a multi-use path on the west side of the road, and improved pedestrian crossings to access TriMet’s #44 bus.
The most significant change in the 60% design is the removal of green street planters from the Capitol Highway corridor itself. This allows for more separation between people walking and biking on the east (downhill) side, and reduced grading impacts on the west side. Stormwater runoff will now be directed into storm drains, and will be piped to regional stormwater detention facilities on SW 42nd Avenue south of Alice Street, SW Dolph Court east of Capitol Highway, and SW Multnomah Blvd west of 40th Avenue, for treatment and storage before water is discharged into local streams (see map). Some limited street improvements will be constructed along with these regional facilities.
For the full plan set, please email PBOT Project Manager Steve Szigethy: Steve.Szigethy@portlandoregon.gov
The project design concept has been developed based on earlier plans, 2016 community feedback, current pedestrian/bicycle design practices and available budget. SW Capitol Highway between Garden Home Road and Taylors Ferry Road will be reconstructed with the following features:
- Continuous sidewalk on the east side of the road. Community feedback revealed a preference for the east side of the roadway because people walk there today on an informal pathway leading to the Multnomah viaduct.
- Protected bike lane on the east side of the road. The volumes and speeds of vehicles on SW Capitol Highway, and the desire to attract cyclists with a broad range of comfort levels, calls for a bike lane that is separated from the roadway by a curb and planter strip. Careful design will address bike lane crossings at streets and driveways.
- Multi-use path on the west side of the road. To reduce project costs and property impacts on the steeper west side of the roadway, a shared path will accommodate southbound biking and bi-directional walking.
- Pedestrian crossings. PBOT is working with TriMet to consolidate stop locations for the #44 bus and to improve pedestrian crossings at those locations.
- Stormwater improvements. The project will construct facilities to manage runoff from existing and new roadway surfaces. Portland Bureau of Environmental Services is a key partner on this project and is designing a multi-faceted stormwater management system.
- A small pocket of on-street parking where properties have no other option for vehicle parking –north of Alice Street on the east side of the roadway; Context-sensitive design to reduce impacts to property frontages and mature, healthy trees.
Typical Cross Sections
The typical preferred cross section is pictured below. This cross section fits within available right-of-way, which is typically 60 feet wide. However, actual widths of features will vary throughout the corridor based on context, with this cross section as a starting point. For example, the pedestrian and bicycle facilities on the east side may move closer to each other in locations where stormwater planters must be provided next to the roadway.
January 2018 Update: 30% Plans, Specifications, and Estimate Complete
The combined PBOT/BES 30% plans were completed and distributed on January 24, 2018. These plans, downloadable here, are essentially the same in content as the plans shown at the November 29, 2017 open house. The associated cost estimate for the features in this plan set, including “hard costs” (construction of bid items) and “soft costs” (design, project management, construction management, contingency, overhead) is approximately $20.9 million. The design and cost estimate will now be refined further based on feedback received from interested parties, resulting in a 60% design by summer 2018. Please contact Steve Szigethy with any questions about transportation features or Becky Tillson with any questions about stormwater features.
November 2017 Open House Update
PBOT and BES have completed a preliminary design for the project that will be shared at the November 29, 2017 open house. Key elements of the plan sheets are downloadable here, including the typical cross sections and street plan sheets that show the horizontal footprint of the project and proposed locations of stormwater planters and retaining walls. This design is considered a pre-30% design and will be updated with official 30% plans in December 2017.
Please contact the Project Manager if you need help interpreting features shown on the plans.