Clackamas County is updating their Transportation System Plan, or “TSP.” A TSP is a powerful guiding document — it will define the priority of transportation projects for years to come. As you can imagine, it is much easier to make a project a reality if it is a high priority in a municipality’s TSP.
This weekend is your LAST CHANCE to weigh in on Clackamas County’s TSP via their “Virtual Workshop” so check out the BTA’s four top priorities and support them NOW.
To voice your support:
- click the map links (listed with the projects below),
- zoom in on the project in question,
- click on the project (check the window that pops up to make sure you’ve got the right project number),
- click, “add comment”
- write a short and personal comment explaining your support,
- rank the project “Tier 1″ to make it a top priority (these are all top priorities for the BTA),
- Email this blog post to a friend and suggest they do the same!
Monroe Neighborhood Greenway
Project U093 in the Clackamas Regional Center / Industrial Area Map
Milwaukie is making exciting progress towards turning SE Monroe Street into a low-traffic, low-speed neighborhood greenway that will be comfortable for walking and biking. Not all of Monroe is in Milwaukie, though. The eastern end is in unincorporated Clackamas County. In order for Monroe to provide safe comfortable access to All Saints, the Clackamas Aquatic Center, the I-205 Path, and the Green Line MAX, the county will have to continue this neighborhood greenway eastward. Monroe is one of sixteen projects identified in the BTA’s Blueprint for World Class Biking.
Oak Grove to Lake Oswego Bridge
Project 1037 on the Greater McLoughlin Area Map (you’ll need to REALLY zoom in to add your comment)
For years, intrepid Milwaukie and Lake Oswego neighbors have illegally walked across a rickety railroad trestle linking the two communities. An effort to convince the railroad to adapt the bridge to safely and legally accomodate people walking and biking — a project highlighted in the BTA’s 2005 Blueprint — went nowhere. Recently, however, there has been renewed interest in the project, this time focusing on construction of a standalone bridge. In fact, there is so much excitement about this project that one must zoom in incredibly close in order to “drop a pin” on the bridge and comment in support of it!
I-205 Trail Gap
Project U939 on the Clackamas Regional Center / Industrial Area Map (This project is almost impossible to find on the map. Look just north of exit 12B on I-205. It is just represented as a point.)
If not for this gap, the I-205 Trail would run from the Columbia River almost to Oregon City! Closing this gap will make bicycling an option for thousands of people who need to reach transit (Green Line MAX), jobs, and shopping (Clackamas Town Center). The BTA has listed this project as one of 16 top priorities in our Blueprint for World Class Biking.
Project U781 on the East County Map (the green line between Boring and Estacada)
By connecting to the eastern end of the Springwater Corridor Trail, the Cazadero Trail will help establish the Portland Metro region as a key recreational cycling destination. Families and tourists love off-street trails and this long-abandoned Oregon Water Power and Railway Company alignment would provide a scenic, gently-graded route south through Barton Park and down to Estacada. This trail is part of the BTA’s larger vision of a trail network connecting Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast.