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New online map seeks input on projects


Tualatin leaders ask public to sound off on transportation improvements

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin officials hope to get community feedback on about 100 proposed transportation projects through a new interactive, online map.The city of Tualatin wants to talk to you about the future of transportation — and it’s making the conversation high-tech.

The new Tualatin Transportation System Plan Ideas Map is an interactive, online approach to gathering residents’ and other stakeholders’ feedback on about 100 proposed transportation projects.

Searching by neighborhood, landmark or project name, users can view a map of possible transportation changes that will impact them, all represented on a color-coded map. Proposed projects are sortable by category: bike and pedestrian paths, roadways, freight rail or transit. Possible policy changes are also represented on the map.

Users can then click through for details on any proposed project to receive information on what specific transportation or safety issue is being addressed. Individual project pages include the city’s overall project evaluation in the categories of access/mobility, safety, economy, health/environment, whether the project adds equity, whether the project adds to the vibrancy of the city and how easily the project can be implemented.

A separate five-star rating system invites citizens to grade the project themselves, and a comment field at the bottom of the form solicits more specific community feedback.

Tualatin City Manager Sherilyn Lombos characterized the Ideas Map as an effort to “engage the community in an important dialogue” about the future of their own transportation system. Of specific interest to the city is congestion on Boones Ferry Road and Tualatin-Sherwood Road, pedestrian and cyclist safety, pedestrian and cyclist accessibility and traffic patterns at the Nyberg interchange.

Online feedback will be accepted through Aug. 31, at which point it will be compiled and reviewed at Tualatin’s Community-Wide Transportation Summit on Sept. 20. The summit will provide Tualatin residents and workers a chance to consider the input of their neighbors and colleagues, while also allowing the city to weigh in.

The TSP Idea Map can be found at tualatintsp.org/ideasmap.