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Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan

The Columbia/ Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan is a plan to address safety, mobility, and access for freight, active transportation, and public transit both along the corridor (east/west) and across it (north/south).

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Columbia Lombard Corridor Plan

The Columbia/ Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan is a plan to address safety, mobility, and access for freight, active transportation, and public transit both along the corridor (east/west) and across it (north/south). The project area runs from Interstate Avenue to I-205 with a buffer area to include parallel routes. The project began in January 2019 and is expected to go to City Council in summer 2020.

Existing Conditions

 A report analyzing the existing conditions along and around the corridors can be downloaded below and a summary of the report can be found here. The Existing Conditions report highlights current conditions and issues on and near the corridor.

Public Involvement Summary

Thanks to everyone who took the online survey and noted issues on the online map during the months of May and June 2019. We had more than 750 people provide responses, and more than 1,500 comments on the online map. In addition, feedback was solicited through door-to-door engagement, tabling events, and presentations to various stakeholder groups. You can find a summary of the public involvement activities that have been conducted so far in the Public Involvement Summary document. Additional feedback will be sought in the future on projects that address the needs identified.

Project Overview

NE Columbia Blvd and NE Lombard St, running parallel on opposite sides of the Kenton Line railroad, are vital links in the regionally-identified mobility corridor running east and west between the I-5 and I-205 freeways. According to the Regional Transportation Plan, mobility corridors should function well as a whole for all modes of transportation, though different modes may be prioritized to a greater or lesser degree on different facilities within the corridor. Due to aging infrastructure, gaps and deficiencies in the multimodal network, growing traffic congestion, major safety issues, and longer commuting distances, the Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor is not functioning as well as it should for the freight, transit, and active transportation modes that our policies tell us should be high priorities. All users would benefit from improvements that would enhance mobility and access, provide greater connectivity, and reduce conflicts.

Specific problems and issues of concern include:

  • A lack of separation between modes, outdated roadway designs, and sub-standard infrastructure which have led to major safety issues on both Columbia and Lombard. 

  • Major gaps and deficiencies in the bicycle and pedestrian networks, and limited transit service, lead to limited transportation options for access to employment and recreational opportunities.

  • A lack of connections across the corridor leading to difficulty for residents of nearby neighborhoods in Northeast Portland to access jobs, parks, and services in the area.

  • Freight mobility and access issues due to at-grade railroad crossings, sub-standard over-crossings, missing connections and signals, and traffic bottlenecks.

  • A lack of traffic management systems meaning freight operators and personal drivers do not have adequate information to respond to congestion issues and choose the most optimal routes.

  • An insufficiently clear system of mode-specific treatments that would prioritize freight and transit over single-occupancy vehicles.

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Plan Scope and Outcomes

The proposed Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan will identify, develop, and prioritize improvements that would make multimodal transportation and freight movement safer and more efficient along the corridor. Specifically, the proposed plan will include the following elements:

  • A corridor-wide mobility and access analysis to identify freight needs and potential solutions

  • Identifying and prioritizing access to transit and employment investments that support planned future bus service on Columbia Blvd, create last-mile connections to employers, and provide pedestrian and bicycle access from nearby neighborhoods.

  • Developing a Vision Zero strategy that includes context-sensitive safety solutions that prevent conflicts and improve safety for all modes while maintaining the ability for freight and transit to move efficiently and reliably.

  • Developing conceptual designs and cross-sections for Columbia, Lombard, and connections between them to provide clarity and direction for future capital projects, paving projects, and development review.

  • Recommending project and program priorities for the Transportation System Plan and develop an implementation strategy to ensure that the Columbia and Lombard corridors receive needed investments in a reasonable time frame.

Draft Project List

Based on public feedback and technical analysis, an initial comprehensive list of projects has been developed. These projects attempt to address the identified needs and concerns, but not all projects address the needs of every mode of travel. Some address specific safety issues, some address freight needs, some address pedestrian needs, and others bicycle issues. The intention is not that every project address every mode, but that no project negatively impacts another mode of travel or the city’s goals. You can view the mapped projects and a description of initial projects below. These projects are now being more fully developed and grouped together. They will be shared for public feedback in late Spring 2020.

Would your group like to talk to our project team about mobility needs in the corridor?

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