Tryon-Stephens Neighborhood Street Improvement Project

Engineering And Design
PBOT will be improving several local streets in the Tryon Creek and Stephens Creek watersheds in southwest Portland by paving gravel streets, adding sidewalks or walkways, or a combination. Funding comes from the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC) and other sources.
Construction 2025
an unimproved street in the Tryon-Stephens Neighborhood
Poor pavement condition and sidewalk gap on SW Galeburn Street

Construction type: Transportation

Project status: Engineering and design

What’s Happening Now? (Updated March 2023)

Land surveyors have surveyed along the streets that are targeted for improvements. Their data will be used by the project team to begin the design engineering process. A public involvement process will occur in Spring 2023 to help refine the design, including addressing specific property concerns.

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.


Topographic survey: 2021 - 2022

Design engineering: 2023 - 2024

Public Involvement: Spring 2023

Construction: 2025

Project Map

The streets targeted for investment in this project are as follows, and shown in the map below:

  • SW Capitol Hill Rd: Barbur-17th (sidewalk on one side)
  • SW Troy/Canby St: 30th-28th (sidewalk on one side, traffic management)
  • SW Galeburn St: Capitol-41st (pavement repair, sidewalk/walkway on one side)

These streets were chosen based on equity (prevalence of lower incomes, people of color, and renters); and effectiveness (routes that lead to neighborhood destinations such as parks, schools and transit). The exact types of improvements have not been finalized. A public engagement process will begin in 2023 to discuss details on each street.

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