SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village – West Portland is the single largest enhancement project funded by the Fixing Our Streets gas tax approved by voters in May 2016. Adding pedestrian and bicycle facilities to this stretch of road has been a community priority for more than 20 years, and PBOT now has the resources to construct a project here. Approximately $3.3 million in Fixing Our Streets funds will leverage up to $7 million in other funding to build the project, which will provide sidewalks and bike lanes along SW Capitol Highway between SW Garden Home Road and SW Taylors Ferry Road. Construction will begin in 2019 after a two-year design process.
After voter approval of Fixing Our Streets in May 2016, PBOT staff gathered input on this long-awaited project from the Southwest Portland community, including a July 30 neighborhood walk hosted by the Multnomah Neighborhood Association (MNA) and several meetings with the MNA Capitol Highway Subcommittee and the Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) Transportation Committee. PBOT also released a series of cross section concepts in fall 2016 for public comment and presented these concepts to the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee.
PBOT has developed a preferred roadway cross section concept based on this recent feedback and past planning efforts including the 2011 SW Capitol Highway Plan Refinement Report and the 2016 Capitol Highway Corridor Stormwater Concept Design. Available funding is not sufficient to provide complete sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the roadway, so the proposed cross section includes compromises that provide safe, functional facilities at lesser cost.
Community feedback revealed a strong preference for continuous sidewalk on the east side of the roadway in order to access the viaduct to Multnomah Village and the walking route to Barbur Transit Center, and this has been incorporated into the design. Continuous bikeways in both directions are also proposed, including a northbound “protected” bike lane separated from the roadway by a planter strip of low shrubs and occasional stormwater facilities. An earlier proposed buffered bike lane was removed from consideration based on comments preferring additional protection from motor vehicles, which is also consistent with PBOT’s current design policy for bike lanes on major roadways. On the steeper west side of the roadway, a separated multi-use path is proposed to host southbound bicycling and bi-directional walking. The multi-use path will include delineation to better separate pedestrian and bicycle traffic, responding to community comments on PBOT’s earlier Multnomah Boulevard project.
The project design will continue to be refined through the end of 2018.
Please contact the Project Manager with your comments and questions:
Capital Project Manager