Reconﬁguring the Ross Island Bridgehead is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect a part of South Portland to SW Naito Parkway and land uses that contribute to a healthy connected community while also supporting Portland’s ﬁrst historic district. This project will not only improve connections for regional commuters and reduce cut-through traﬃc but will also open up publicly owned land for development of much needed housing. Redirection of traﬃc and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections will allow residents to safely reach currently inaccessible parts of their neighborhood and rebuild local street connections between South Portland neighborhoods.
Harmful impacts from past auto infrastructure projects, land use regulations, urban renewal, and real estate practices shaped the growth in South Portland for generations. In an effort to remedy some of the harm done, the City is committed to ensure new transportation infrastructure, land use plans, and housing investments redress these past harms to low-income people and communities of color.
This project will fit alongside two other major planning projects in this area: updates for the South Portland Historic District Guidelines and the SW Corridor proposed light rail (MAX) line/station on Barbur Blvd.
This project is a partnership between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). To learn more about this project and other planning projects in South Portland, please visit the BPS website.