Beaverton applying for $10 million grant for transit, pedestrian improvements on corridor

The Oregon Transportation Commission voted last week to designate the city's Canyon Road Safety and Complete Corridor project one of eight statewide priority projects for the this year's round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER V, grants.

The city is applying for a $10 million TIGER grant, a highly competitive transportation grant program of the United States Department of Transportation, for the Canyon Road improvement project.

The city is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other partners to design a set of improvements for pedestrian and driver safety, storm water quality, street lighting, and transit users on Canyon Road, also known as Oregon Highway 8, between Hocken and 117th avenues. City and state officials consider the road an outmoded highway with numerous safety issues.

The project is part of a planning effort funded by a $1 million U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant to revitalize downtown Beaverton. Rehabilitating Canyon Road was a recommendation in the city's recently adopted Community Vision and Civic Plan.

“We are thrilled with this endorsement and the state’s commitment to help us make these critical improvements in our downtown,” said Mayor Denny Doyle, who attended the OTC meeting in Salem. “It is so gratifying to see the hard work our community has put into revitalizing Canyon Road. Such strong state, regional and local support helps position the city well in this national competition for federal dollars.”

TIGER applications are due on June 3 and awards will be announced this fall. The Portland metro region has received two grants in the past, one for the reconstruction of Southwest Moody Avenue in Portland’s South Waterfront District and another to help fund the Sellwood Bridge replacement.

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