Project Background: The SW Vermont St paving project will be among the first projects to be delivered under the Fixing Our Streets program which is funded by a local gas tax increase. The project scope will repave all of SW Vermont St and between SW 30th Ave and the Portland city limit near SW 65th Ave. Sections of subgrade repair are also included within the scope of the project. SW Vermont St is a Neighborhood Collector street running east-west through a suburban residential neighborhood. The roadway carries approximately 8,000 vehicles per day and features Trimet bus service (Lines 1, 45 & 64). Like many of the roadways in Southwest Portland, SW Vermont St features a rural design in segments with discontinuous bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the corridor. At the request of neighborhood advocates, the project team has been tasked with addressing some of these deficiencies within the scope of the project. To help accomplish this goal, a modest amount of additional funding may be provided from System Development Charges.
Problem Statement: A key segment of neighborhood concern along the SW Vermont St corridor in terms of bike/pedestrian connectivity lies between SW Idaho Dr (west of SW 45th Ave) and SW 52nd Ave. A recently completed capital project had installed continuous bicycle lanes and southside sidewalk east of the SW 45th Ave (another Neighborhood Collector with a signalized intersection at SW Vermont St). However, the southside sidewalk extended only another two blocks west to SW Idaho Dr and bike lanes terminated at SW 45th Ave. Neighborhood advocates strongly desire an improve bike/pedestrian connection to an existing neighborhood greenway facility which extends northward from SW Vermont St at SW 50th Ave and southward from SW Vermont St at SW 52nd Ave. The challenge for the project team is to develop a design concept that fulfills the desires of the neighborhood with the limited funding available. An image depicting the desired connections is below: