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Input sought on transportation projects

The public is invited to an open house Monday, July 29, to provide input on East Multnomah County projects that are candidates for federal transportation funds under Metro’s Regional Flexible Funds.

The open house is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with the last half-hour reserved for providing input in the Oregon Trail and Springwater Rooms of Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

Metro forecasts that $94.58 million in federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds will be allocated to the Portland region for fiscal years 2016 through 2018. While some of these funds already have been dedicated to rail transit projects or other transportation programs, $34.77 million is available for local projects via the Regional Flex Funds and $33.80 million through the Regional Economic Opportunity Fund.

Staff from Multnomah County and the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village have been working to identify potential projects in East Multnomah County. Projects must meet special criteria and will be outlined during the July 29 open house.

Projects in East County include:

Sandy Boulevard: Northeast 181st Avenue to East Gresham city limits, construct new multimodal facilities and improve safety for all modes.

Hogan Road: Powell Boulevard to Rugg Road, engineering/design of multimodal access along Hogan Road.

Northeast 238th Drive: Halsey to Glisan streets, engineering/design of freight and bike/pedestrian improvements.

Troutdale Industrial Access Project: Construct access improvements to the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park and improve sidewalk connections in the area.

The East Multnomah County Transportation Committee will choose which projects to fund on Sept. 9. Written comments can be submitted through July 31 and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., mailed to EMCTC, 1600 S.E. 190th Ave., Portland, 97233, or faxed to 503-988-3389.

More information about the proposed projects is available at https://multco.us/transportation-planning/rff.



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