SW Boones Ferry Road Protected Shoulder- Orchard Hill Road to city limits

Engineering And Design
Construct a protected safer shoulder on the north side of Boones Ferry Rd from Orchard Hill Rd to Portland city limits.
Construction completed in summer/fall 2024.
Planning image of proposed walkway on SW Boones Ferry Rd

What’s happening now? (Updated July 2024)

The project team is completing final design with construction expected late summer 2024/early fall 2024.

Project Description

Construct a protected safer shoulder on the north side of Boones Ferry Rd through restriping.

The safe shoulder will be approximately 730 ft in length and 5 ft in width. PBOT will install concrete separators to protect the walkway where possible, while accommodating for driveways and bus stops, approximately 425 ft in length. PBOT decided to update the design after hearing feedback from the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Assocation to include shoulder widening and extend the path north or SW Orchard Hill Rd.

Aerial image of final design

Project Background 

This improvement was identified in the Southwest in Motion Plan (SWIM). Southwest In Motion is prioritization, refinement, and implementation strategy for active transportation investments in Southwest Portland. The Southwest in Motion plan was adopted by Portland City Council in December 2019. 

According to online SWIM survey results from summer 2023, SW residents noted this project as the number one priority project in SWIM.

Survey results of the SWIM survey (October 2023)

Project Timeline

Summer 2023: Public Outreach through online SWIM survey.
Fall 2023: 30% Design 
Winter 2023: Public Outreach. Final Design.
Spring 2024: Public Outreach. 
Summer/Fall 2024: Construction.

Public Outreach


June: Final Design Presentation

- PBOT presented the final design at the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association. The project team extended the northern project extents by approximately 200 ft to connect to existing sidewalk.

Jan: 30% Design Presentation

- PBOT presented the 30% project design at the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association. The FAQ from the Zoom presentation is shown below.


Dec: Mailed postcards

- PBOT mailed out postcards to 140 properties near the project area to invite them to the January Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association meeting to get a project update.

May- June: Online Survey

- PBOT had an online survey open for two months for SW residents to choose their top project priorities from the SWIM. The survey results can be found here.

2018- 2019

SW in Motion Plan

- Extensive outreach was done to gather feedback for the SW in Motion Plan which highlights project needs in SW Portland.

Project Funding

This project is funded by Fixing Our Streets 2.