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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Project Q & A

Answers to questions about this project that we have received:

1. Will this project change the lane configuration of the Huber and Capitol Highway intersection?

2. Can this project include new street lighting/illumination for pedestrians?

3. Can this project include enhancements to the Capitol Highway and Barbur Blvd. intersection?

4. Can changes be made to the traffic signal timing at specific intersections?

5. What public outreach and stakeholder involvement has taken place?

6. I’m worried about the northbound queue that can form near SW Alfred Street in the morning at peak travel time as vehicles wait to get onto I-5 Northbound. How will this project impact queuing here?

 


 

1. Will this project change the lane configuration of the Huber and Capitol Highway intersection?

No. The new travel lane configuration would begin south of Huber, between Huber and Alfred.

2. Can this project include new street lighting/illumination for pedestrians?

Yes. Please contact the Project Manager to share your location ideas for new street lighting on this corridor. We’ve heard a request for street lighting at Capitol Highway and Alfred.

3. Can this project include enhancements to the Capitol Highway and Barbur Blvd. intersection?

No. While the scope of this project is focused between Huber and Kerr Parkway, ODOT is aware of the design challenges at this intersection and is in the beginning stage of a funded project that will work to address them.  

4. Can changes be made to the traffic signal timing at specific intersections?

Yes. The lane reconfiguration will be accompanied by traffic signal optimization to improve traffic flow. This will involve a signal timing analysis, but we also want to hear from you about your personal experiences with the traffic signals on this corridor. 

5. What public outreach and stakeholder involvement has taken place?

We have reached out directly to Portland Community College, Markham Elementary, business owners, TriMet, Neighborhood Associations, The Islamic Center of Portland, The City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County, and residents.

Public meeting and event calendar:

Markham Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6:30pm
Markham Elementary Library

Project Open House
Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:30-7:30pm (drop in at any time in this period)
Markham Elementary School Cafeteria
View Open House Invitation PDF (mailed to 3,450 addresses surrounding the project area)
View information boards shared at September 13 2018 Open House PDF 

Far SW Neighborhood Association Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7pm 
Comfort Suites: 11340 SW 60th Avenue at SW Barbur Blvd

SWNI Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, May 21 2018 7pm 
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 7 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

West Portland Park Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2018 7pm
Jackson Middle School Library

6. I’m worried about the northbound que that can form near SW Alfred Street in the morning at peak travel time as vehicles wait to get onto I-5 Northbound. How will this project impact queuing here? 

This project will not be making any changes to the lane configuration north of SW Alfred Street, or to the SW Huber intersection and on-ramp to I-5 North. This means the two-lane northbound travel patterns that currently exist north of SW Alfred street will remain the same. The traffic signal at SW Huber is timed to allow cars queued between SW Huber and SW Alfred street to be served during the green light phase.

There are short windows of time when the queue to get onto I-5 North can extend south of SW Alfred. Cars queued south of SW Alfred that are continuing north on Capitol Highway will likely have to wait more than one traffic light cycle at SW Huber, just as they do today, but can fill into both lanes north of SW Alfred while the signal at SW Huber is red. The Oregon Department of Transportation has a funded safety project that is expected to improve the operation of the signal at SW Barbur in 2020 that should result in shorter northbound queues on Capitol Hwy.