Update: A public hearing with City Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (6:00pm at City Hall). Community members will have the opportunity to share their opinions on the draft Concept Plan before Council makes a decision on the plan.
The latest version (June 2015) of the draft Concept Plan is available for review. The draft plan builds upon the preliminary Neighborhood Greenway designs that were previously drafted by the consultant team. All are available for viewing on the Draft Concept Design page.
As an important east-west route across Milwaukie, Monroe Street connects several Neighborhoods and Downtown Milwaukie, and has been identified in the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) as a "Neighborhood Greenway".
A special public meeting was held on Monday, July 27 to discuss the Washington Street bikeway element of the Monroe Street neighborhood greenway route. An Informational Flyer is available to explain the Washington Street issue and answer some commonly asked questions about it.
An Open House was held on June 1 to show the draft Concept Plan and provide an opportunity for interested persons to ask questions about the project. Visit the Public Workshops page for more information and a summary of comments collected from the event.
A video of the project's segments, narrated by the Project Manager Brett Kelver, can be viewed here: http://cityofmilwaukie.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=833
For a video tour of the segments, produced by Andy Schmidt, Matt Menely, and Greg Baartz-Bowman of Bike Milwaukie, click here: http://cityofmilwaukie.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=855
The Needs and Opportunities Memo identifies existing conditions on Monroe Street, including recommended improvements to make the street an effective neighborhood greenway. A collection of Public Comments on an earlier draft of the memo, including input from the Project Advisory Committee (PAC), is also available.
We Need Your Input!
If you were unable to attend the public workshops so far, please take the opportunity to fill out a Survey Form (print and return to Brett Kelver) to indicate your preferences for options being considered, or to share your perspective please fill out an online Comment Form.
The City secured a State grant to create a Concept Plan that defines Neighborhood Greenway improvements along Monroe Street from 21st Avenue to Linwood Avenue (Milwaukie's eastern boundary). The project team has engaged residents -- especially those who live on or near Monroe Street -- and other interested parties to assess current challenges and needs, evaluate best practices that aim to address those needs, and develop design options for the community to consider. Monroe Street has distinct characteristics in different segments of the study area, and the Concept Plan will be tailored to address the different conditions.
Neighborhood Greenways are low-volume, low-speed routes that provide safe, quiet routes for motorists, pedestrians, and bicycles. Neighborhood Greenways often include improvements that reduce vehicle speeds (for example, with curb extensions or mini traffic circles), which makes them safer and more inviting for neighbors, walkers, and bikers, while also reducing cut-through traffic from outside the neighborhood.
A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) has been formed to help guide the plan. The PAC includes representatives from the City's Neighborhood Associations, local bike advocates, the City's Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), and technical advisors who will meet throughout the project to review and discuss drafts of the Concept Plan. Click here for more information about the PAC, including the City Council's charge to the PAC and the PAC roster.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We welcome your participation and perspective to help shape the future of a safer Monroe Street. Even if you do not live near or use Monroe Street yourself, what we learn as a community through this project can be applied in the future to some of the other designated Neighborhood Greenway routes in Milwaukie.
Four public workshops have been held to present information to the larger community and get input and perspective from residents and others who use Monroe Street. This includes a workshop specifically focused on the Washington Street bikeway element of the concept, held on July 27, 2015. Please visit the Public Workshops page for more information.
Click here for a list of Additional Resources and materials.
If you are interested in the project or have concerns to share, please contact the project manager Brett Kelver who can put you in touch with the appropriate PAC member to communicate your concerns.