Twenty-one stakeholders from ODOT Region 1 (which includes Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Hood River counties) are tasked with spending $66 million of federal transportation dollars that have been allocated to the state through the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Enhance fund.
ODOT is attempting a new way of distributing the funds by having the STIP Stakeholder Committee pick projects to create a “150% list” (a list of projects totaling 150% of the funds available) by January 25th. The 150% list will be widdled down to a 100% list by ODOT staff this spring.
Previously STIP Enhance dollars were allocated to modernization projects such as freeway widening. However, last fall the Oregon Transportation Commission changed the policy direction of the fund to make more multimodal projects eligible. Many of the 94 projects that are eligible for the funds are fantastic. However, with almost $300 million of projects requesting funds and only $66 million available there are some tough decisions to be made by the stakeholder committee.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has reviewed the list of projects and sumbitted our top priorities to the stakeholder committee for their consideration. Our list, and letter to the committee, can be found below.
Improvements to N. Williams Ave, seen here in May of 2011, are eligible for STIP funding.
Photo: W.D. Vanlue/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Dear Chair Wyatt and Region 1 STIP Project Selection Committee:
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) would like to thank the STIP Selection Committee in supporting multi-modal transportation initiatives. The BTA acknowledges the difficult task to narrow down the ninety-four project requests to create the 150% list. There are many deserving projects and the demand for good transportation projects is much greater than the dollars available. The BTA would like to highlight a number of key priorities and requests your support for these projects.
We recently collected over one thousand survey responses and hosted a dozen outreach events as part of our Blueprint for World Class Biking project. We asked citizens from Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties to name their top active transportation priorities for the region. The Blueprint for World Class Biking will contain a list of sixteen transformational projects to help guide our collective vision for a region that supports people walking, biking and using transit more frequently. This outreach helped guide our priority list for the Region 1 STIP Enhance list. We strongly support the following projects to receive STIP funding:
E1 – City of Beaverton – Crescent Connection: Cedar Hills Blvd – Denny Road
E8 – City of Estacada – Cazadero State Trail – Estacada to Eagle Creek Section
E16 – City of Milwaukie – Kellogg Creek Pedestrian/Bicycle Underpass and Multi-use Trail
E24 – City of Portland – N. Williams Traffic Safety Project
E26 – City of Portland – Portland Citywide Bicycle System Improvements
E29 – City of Portland – SE Foster Road Safety and Sidewalk Enhancement Project
E60 – Metro – Willamette Greenway Trail: Chimney Park/Kelley Point Park
E64 – ODOT Region 1 – Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Shellrock Mountain Crossing
E68 – ODOT Region 1 – I-205 Shared Use Path: Maywood Park
E77 – Oregon Parks and Rec. Dept. – Estacada to Boring Deep Creek Crossing – Cazadero Trail
E83 – Portland State University – PSU RFID System & Bike Commuter Incentives Program
E84 – TriMet – Barbur – 99W Corridor Safety & Access to Transit
E86 – TriMet – Highway 8 Corridor Safety & Access to Transit
E87 – TriMet – Powell-Division Corridor Safety & Access to Transit
E91- THPRD – Westside Trail #12 – #14 Merlo Light Rail Station – NW Greenbrier Parkway
E92 – Washington County – Neighborhood Bikeway Demonstration Projects
Thank you for your hard work on the 2016-2018 STIP program. Together we can create a transportation system that provides healthy, active options for citizens across the region.
Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director