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SW Galeburn: SW Capitol Highway to SW 41st Ave Street Improvement Project

Engineering And Design
SW Galeburn Street Improvement Project will include paving gravel streets, installing stormwater facilities, and adding sidewalks or walkways, or a combination. Funding comes from the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC) and other sources.
Construction: Spring 2025
Residences Affected

Project Overview

This Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC) project will improve conditions for walking and driving on SW Galeburn between SW Capitol Highway and SW 41st Ave. PBOT will pave the gravel street, construct a safer walking shoulder along the south side of SW Galeburn, and install several stormwater facilities.

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Current road conditions on SW Galeburn

What’s Happening Now?

(Updated June 2024)

PBOT right-of-way is working with property owners on property acquisition. The project team is waiting for this to be complete before they complete 60% design.

The project design has been delayed to incorporate Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) environmental testing results into the design of the stormwater facilities. PBOT right-of-way agents have been coordinating with two property owners to discuss acquiring their property to construct pedestrian improvements.  

Project Background

In 2016 City Council adopted the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC), a fee that developers pay along unimproved streets in single-family zoning areas as an alternative to constructing sidewalks. Council then directed PBOT staff to develop an investment strategy for these funds. Using a methodology that included equity, effectiveness and efficiency, staff developed and Council adopted a strategy to invest collected LTIC funds in three areas: Cully in northeast Portland, Division-Midway in outer southeast Portland, and the Tryon-Stephens headwaters area in southwest Portland. These three areas had high needs in terms of unimproved streets that serve as important routes to neighborhood destinations, and underserved populations including high proportions of people of color, people with lower incomes, and people that rent their homes. The three areas also had neighborhood street plans adopted by City Council, identifying locations for investment.

In the Tryon Creek and Stephens Creek watersheds of southwest Portland, the goal of the project is to strategically invest in streets that lead to important destinations such parks, schools, and frequent transit lines, and that have stormwater issues such as erosion and flooding that need to be addressed. In addition, investment in the West Portland Park neighborhood is a commitment to equity in one of the most diverse areas of southwest Portland.

Project Goals

  • Provide a safe route to school for students who attend Markham Elementary and Jackson Middle School
  • Improve street pavement conditions by repaving SW Galeburn in areas where conditions are poor
  • Collect stormwater runoff due to the increase of impervious material

Project Design

The project begun design in spring 2023 but we are determining project cuts spring 2024 to stay within the project's budget.

  • Separated walking facility along the south side of SW Galeburn from SW Capitol Hwy to SW 41st Ave
  • Paving SW Galeburn in areas of the road where conditions are poor
  • Install stormwater facilities along the north side of SW Galeburn to help manage the influx of stormwater as a result of street paving

Project Schedule

Topographic survey: 2021 - 2022

Design engineering: March 2023 - Jan 2025

Public Involvement: May 2024- Feb 2025

Construction: Spring 2025

Public Involvement


  • April
    • Met with two property owners who own portions of the road to determine how to move forward with the design in these two locations.


  • July
    • Mailed letters to two homeowners who owned right-of-way on SW Galeburn and would need to coordinate with PBOT Right-of-way

Project Funding


Most project funding comes from LTIC as described above. Other funding on the project includes:

  • General Fund: Discretionary city funds authorized by City Council, under the “Up Out of the Mud” initiative
  • Portland Bureau of Environmental Services: PBOT is in a partnership with BES due to the need to upgrade stormwater management infrastructure in the project area

Additional Resources

Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan