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East Metro Connections Plan: Final recommendation

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The final recommendation includes investment packages that make the most of transportation dollars.

Final recommendation

Review the investment packages that make up the action plan for East Metro. Download

Local council action on East Metro Connections Plan

The action plan was unanimously endorsed by all of the following:

East Metro Connections Plan steering committee (June 6)
East Multnomah County Transportation Committee (June 11)
East Metro Economic Alliance (June 14)
Troutdale City Council (June 26)
Wood Village City Council (July 10) Multnomah County Commission (July 12)
Gresham City Council (July 17)
Fairview City Council (July 18)
Metro Council (Aug. 9)

Investing in East Metro

Investments in the areas shown below support economic and community development by providing better access and mobility, increasing safety, activating employment areas and helping people find their way through and to key destinations in the East Metro area. These proposed investments emerged through prioritization of the 120 transportation projects evaluated and target enhancements with a focus on:

  1. North/south connections - Proposed projects improve the arterial road network connecting I-84 and US 26.
  2. Downtowns and employment areas - Proposed projects improve way-finding and access to downtowns and jobs.
  3. Regional mobility - Proposed projects capitalize on previous investments by making the existing system smarter and more efficient through changes to signal timing and enhanced transit service.

A more detailed description of the recommendation, including a listing of the transportation projects in each investment package, is laid out in the June 6 steering committee packet. View packet

Package focus key: Access/ mobility Safety Economic development Multimodal Regional gateway


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North/south connections

181st/182nd safety corridor (1)
181st/182nd is an important community street. Projects will provide safety improvements in known areas of high crash rates and improve safe routes to schools in the Centennial School District. Consistent with transit analysis, this includes a recommendation to improve transit service to ‘one seat’ frequent service between Sandy Blvd and Powell Blvd (frequent service between Sandy and Powell boulevards and eliminate the bus transfer along the corridor).

182nd/190th connections to Clackamas County (2)
Pleasant Valley is an important area for future residential and commercial development. Future population and employment growth in Clackamas County, including Happy Valley and Damascus means that road connections to the south are important connections. Leveraging the 172nd/190th Corridor Project, targeted improvements to the road network in Pleasant Valley along Highland/190th will create opportunity for economic and residential development.

Eastman/223rd connections (3)
Projects address future traffic growth with targeted north-south roadway capacity investments along 223rd/Eastman, including at Stark/223rd and Eastman and Powell. This area connects to existing industrial employment sites, including the Port of Portland’s Gresham Vista (former LSI site), an area of future job growth. Projects will also address future needs on Glisan between 201st and Fairview Parkway. Projects to better coordinate the signal timing at intersections along Eastman/223rd will provide needed capacity improvements.

242nd connections to Clackamas County (4)
Hogan/242nd is an important north/south connection from employment hubs in the Columbia Cascade River District, north central Gresham industrial, the Gresham Regional Center, and Springwater to Clackamas County and central Oregon. Projects address future growth with additional roadway capacity along this corridor, particularly south of Powell, along with opportunities for access and safety enhancements to the existing conditions. This includes intersection improvements at Glisan and Stark, including signal coordination.

Southeast gateway (5)
The triangle of US 26, Burnside and Powell is an important gateway for the City of Gresham, east Multnomah County and the Portland Metropolitan region, providing an essential connection north to I-84, west to I-205, and south and east to Mt. Hood and central Oregon. Projects address several identified needs at the gateway, including 242nd/Hogan/Burnside. Projects address future capacity needs, safety (this area is one of the highest crash areas), way-finding and needed pedestrian improvements (there are sidewalk gaps in this area, particularly along US 26 and challenging crossings). Way-finding treatments should be integrated with the adopted Mt Hood Scenic Byway route to bring people into the Gresham Regional Center, a vital commercial area.

257th safety, walking and biking connection (6)
Projects create safe and attractive pedestrian crossings along 257th, particularly along the stretch between Reynolds High School and Mt Hood Community College. Complete the sidewalk improvements along Stark adjacent to the college.

Downtowns and employment areas

Rockwood/181st (9)
Projects include targeted bicycle and pedestrian improvements on 181st between I-84 and Stark, and Stark between 181st and Burnside to improve access to the important commercial areas in Rockwood. Projects improve safety and activate the corridor for businesses and walking.

Gresham Vista Business Park (12)
The Port of Portland’s November 2011 purchase of one of the area’s largest shovel-ready employment sites is an immediate opportunity to bring jobs and revenue to East Metro communities. Projects increase mobility along the north/south and east/west arterials and improve access to industrial employment land.

Downtown Gresham/Civic (11)
There are important public investments to support the vision of Downtown Gresham. Projects include boulevard treatments along all of Burnside and redevelopment opportunities along this important street. Projects better connect Main City Park, the Springwater Corridor Trail and Johnson Creek to Downtown Gresham. Sidewalk and streetscape projects in Downtown improve walking, window shopping and branding of Downtown Gresham as a unique place. Consider an urban renewal area for Downtown.

Pleasant Valley (10)
Projects develop the necessary public infrastructure for development of Pleasant Valley town center consistent with the Pleasant Valley Community Plan.

Catalyst for Springwater District (13)
Projects help develop the necessary public infrastructure for private investment and jobs in this regionally significant employment area. Projects include a new interchange on US 26 and an extension of Rugg Road to connect US 26 and Hogan, as well as collector street improvements to provide needed access for future jobs and employment.

Halsey main street implementation (15)
Halsey is an important main street that connects the downtowns of Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale. Projects implement features of the Halsey Street Concept Design Plan (2005), a joint effort of Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Multnomah County and ODOT. Projects include realizing Halsey as a 2-lane road with median/turn lane, full bike lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. Projects support the downtown visions for the three cities and help attract commercial development.

Downtown Troutdale (16)
Projects support future development of the urban renewal area in Downtown Troutdale, creating local road connections to the urban renewal area site and extending the regional trail system along the Sandy River from Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park into Downtown Troutdale. Projects allow for future private investment and job growth in Downtown.

Downtown Fairview and Wood Village (14)
Projects on Fairview Avenue between I-84 and Arata Road improve access provide needed safety and multi-modal improvements. Projects also improve connections between Arata Road and Halsey.

Sandy River to Springwater multi-modal connection (7)
Projects provide multi-modal connections from Downtown Troutdale to Mt Hood Community College and the Springwater Corridor Trail. Projects connect neighborhoods to commercial areas and Mt Hood Community College. This area is one of the most significant gaps in the 40-mile loop regional trail network, and connections will encourage tourism to important natural areas along the Springwater Corridor Trail and Sandy River.

Regional mobility

Managing the existing system (not mapped)
There are opportunities to improve the current roadway network and enhance the performance of the transportation system. Projects address congestion at intersections through the coordination of signal timing. These projects provide as much as a 10% capacity increase to the roadway, tend to be relatively low in cost and should be applied to all north-south and east-west arterials. Other projects include signage, messaging and other techniques that improve way-finding and traffic flow. Near-term investments include better signage and messaging on US 26 and coordinated signal improvements along 223rd/Eastman, 181st/182nd, Division and Powell.

Regional east-west transit link (8)
Projects improve east-west transit that connects Mt Hood Community College, Downtown Gresham, Portland and South Waterfront’s Innovation Quadrant. Division is one of the top transit corridors for ridership in the region. Projects include enhanced bus/bus rapid transit and safety, and pedestrian and bike improvements (sidewalks, medians, crossings, access management) to make Division a great corridor for transit and walking. Enhancements along this corridor create the potential for even greater ridership demand. Enhanced bus service can provide additional service to Downtown Gresham and the Civic Neighborhood, a vital commercial area. Gresham will continue street improvements for sidewalks and other features to make walking and access to transit easier.

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