The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) introduced yesterday that development on their latest Rose Lane Mission on SW Capitol Freeway within the Hillsdale neighborhood will break floor September nineteenth.
This venture goals to enhance bus pace and reliability for eight bus traces operating on SW Capitol Freeway from SW Barbur Boulevard to SW Bertha Court docket. In a press release from PBOT Tuesday, TriMet Chief Working Officer, Bonnie Todd famous that, “These new transit precedence lanes will assist highschool and neighborhood faculty college students get to class on time, scale back delays for sufferers and medical professionals heading to OHSU and enhance the commute for individuals in Southwest Portland who’re doing enterprise Downtown.”
As BikePortland reported earlier this summer season, the venture was met with opposition from the Hillsdale Enterprise Affiliation and different civic organizations, which had circulated a petition requesting a three-year delay to additional research visitors impacts.
So it was noteworthy that PBOT’s detailed venture map (proper) included some new pedestrian security enhancements. Particularly, the crossing span for pedestrians and cyclists on the intersection of SW Cheltenham Avenue shall be lowered, and a brand new high-visibility crosswalk over Capitol Hwy shall be added at SW Bertha Ct.
Different modifications embrace a reconfiguration of the bike/bus battle space simply east of SW Sundown the place bunched-up buses typically require cyclists to “thread the needle” via them.
Southwest pedestrian advocate Don Baack, who sits on the Hillsdale Enterprise Affiliation board, advised BikePortland, “Each little little bit of pedestrian enchancment helps in an space the place we’re nonetheless involved with diverted visitors on curvy native streets—with no sidewalks—when visitors volumes return to pre-covid ranges.”
Site visitors volumes on Capitol Freeway have been a lot decrease as a result of pandemic, which PBOT says makes this a perfect time to roll out the Rose Lane, the pause in driving provides individuals time to regulate their conduct. If driving ranges return to pre-Covid ranges, PBOT estimates individuals may discover a further delay of 20-90 seconds via the venture space.
PBOT has revealed a draft Monitoring and Mitigation Memo, and can accumulate information at seven areas, “to see how driver pace ranges and visitors volumes have been impacted by the venture.” Knowledge shall be collected at two-to-three months and once more at six months after venture completion. They may even observe drivers utilizing the brand new lanes to “assist PBOT decide whether or not additional operational modifications are wanted.”
Baack stated enterprise homeowners stays involved that, due to its size, the brand new Rose Lanes will adversely affect their companies.
With that in thoughts, PBOT famous of their assertion yesterday that the venture, “maintains quick access for drivers to go to Hillsdale companies and their parking heaps,” as a result of drivers are allowed to “briefly” use the bus-and-turn lanes to entry locations.
For extra on Rose Lanes, see PBOT’s web site.
Lisa Caballero has lived in SW Portland for 20 years. She is on the Transportation Committee of her neighborhood affiliation, the Southwest Hills Residential League (SWHRL) and could be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.