Mayor Unveils West Burnside Ideas

Mayor Adams posted a letter on his web site today, outlining stripped down alternatives for treatment of West Burnside Street.

The focus is a much-reduced project, $18M rather than the original $80M. And it does not include streetcar:

We completed the 25-year Citywide Streetcar Strategy. It showed me the need to prioritize streetcar extensions on the east side of the Willamette River.

The primary approach is a hybrid 3/4 lane Burnside that creates more left turn opportunities and improved pedestrian crossings.

But there is also an option for a “skinny Couch” to couple with Burnside – it looks like a very heavily traffic-calmed version of the original couplet idea.

I’m looking forward to learning a lot more in the near future.

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