Can Wal-Mart Pave its Way to Acceptance?

Friday’s Oregonian reports that Beaverton has outlined a list of road improvements Wal-Mart would need to fund to meet standards for its proposed Cedar Hills location.

The list includes some 16 off-site improvements. Wal-Mart seems happy with the list even though no one has added up the price tag yet. Some of the items include:

  • A new westbound lane on Southwest Barnes Road between Baltic Avenue and the Oregon 217 intersection.
  • Extension of the northbound right turn lane on the Oregon 217 ramp to Barnes Road.
  • A new traffic signal at the intersection of Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and the eastbound on- and off-ramps of U.S. 26.
  • Widening Barnes Road to two through lanes plus a bicycle lane in each direction between Cedar Hills Boulevard and 117th Avenue.
  • Widening Cedar Hills Boulevard north of Barnes Road to add a lane in each direction.
  • Widening to add a northbound lane on Cedar Hills Boulevard between the westbound off-ramp from U.S. 26 and Barnes Road.
  • Contributing toward a future underpass for pedestrians and bicyclists under the westbound on-ramp to U.S. 26 from Cedar Hills Boulevard.

Wal-Mart opponents argue that no set of improvements can effectively deal with the 7,400 daily trips the store will generate.

Which prompts me to ask the question, if we accept that big box retail must go somewhere (and I know that not everyone would agree with the supposition), where in the transportation network does it belong?

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