Transportation plans survive third round of Metro cuts

Three Gresham projects and one in Fairview are among 33 still eligible to receive $45 million in transportation funding.

On Thursday, March 1, Metro's Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation drafted its final project list, including the four East County projects. They include:

• Southeast 190th Drive between the intersection of Southwest Highland and Southwest Pleasant View drives and Southwest 30th Street in Gresham's Pleasant Valley area - bike lanes, sidewalks, swales, a 16-foot swale/median, four 11-foot travel lanes and a new signal for the three-way intersection. Gresham has requested nearly $4 million for the $5 million project, but Metro is recommending $600,000 in funding.

• East Burnside Road between Northeast 181st Avenue and Southeast Stark Street in the Rockwood Town Center - two 11-foot travel lanes, bike and parking lanes, extra-wide sidewalks, a 4-foot strip of pavers between the sidewalks and bike lane, and urban improvements to the light-rail corridor with features such as pavers. Gresham has requested $1.5 million for the $4.5 million project and plans to use urban renewal dollars to pay for the remaining costs. Metro is recommending $300,000 in funding.

• Northeast Hood Avenue between Northeast Division Street and East Powell Boulevard - a sidewalk on the east side of Hood, a planter strip with trees and streetlights separating the sidewalk from the travel lane, and rebuilding the intersection of Fourth Street and Hood Avenue to allow for Americans with Disabilities Act access, crosswalks and curb extensions. Gresham has requested nearly $900,000 for the nearly $1 million project. Metro is recommending $887,000 in funding.

• Fairview has requested $1 million to fund reconstruction of a railroad undercrossing at Northeast 223rd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Metro is recommending full funding.

The East County projects were among 66 applications from Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. It's the third round of cuts that the East County projects have survived.

Competition for Metro transportation funding is fierce. The cost of all 66 projects on the original list totaled about $132 million, but only $45.4 million is available.

The Metro Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve funding for the list of projects Thursday, March 15. Those funds won't be budgeted until this fall.

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