Update -- Council adopts Concept Plan on December 1, 2015: The City Council opened a public hearing on November 3 and took comments on the draft Concept Plan from almost two dozen community members. The hearing was continued on December 1, where additional testimony was taken before Council discussed the Concept Plan further and ultimately approved a resolution that adopted it. The resolution provides direction for next steps toward implementing the framework vision, including the pursuit of funding opportunities to further design and build the highest priority elements in the plan. Council also directed staff to hold a public worksession in the first half of 2016 to focus on developing a comprehensive list of additional information and data that will be needed to model and better understand the potential impacts of the proposed traffic diverters. Additional information will be posted to the project website as it becomes available.
The adopted version (prepared in June 2015) of the Concept Plan builds upon the preliminary Neighborhood Greenway designs that were previously drafted by the consultant team. The earlier drafts 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."
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.
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.
A video of the project's segments, narrated by 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.
A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed at the project's outset to help guide the plan. The PAC included representatives from the City's Neighborhood Associations, local bike advocates, the City's Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), and technical advisors who met 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.