Answers to questions about this project that we have received:
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?
No. The new travel lane configuration would begin south of Huber, between Huber and Alfred.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.