The SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village to West Portland project will provide sidewalks, bike lanes, stormwater management facilities, and water system upgrades along SW Capitol Highway between SW Garden Home and SW Taylors Ferry Roads.
What's Happening Now
Engineering plans are complete and under final review. All necessary right-of-way has been acquired. Utility relocation is underway. The project will be advertised for bids in November, after the bid authority ordinance is adopted by Council on October 21. Construction is anticipated to begin in late February 2021 and last 18 months.
This project will improve safety and mobility for all modes of travel while improving stormwater management, protecting water quality in local streams, and updating water supply infrastructure to meet modern demands. Portland’s Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Water Bureau are working on the project together to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance service delivery to the Portland community.
View a December 2019 project presentation with project illustrations and design plans :
Providing sidewalks and bike lanes on this segment of SW Capitol Highway has been a community priority for nearly 30 years. This segment, between SW Garden Home Road and SW Taylors Ferry Road, hosts over 8,000 vehicles per day, is served by TriMet’s #44 bus line, and currently has no sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings or standard stormwater facilities.
The city’s project development process for this corridor began with the Capitol Highway Plan in 1996 and continued with the SW Capitol Highway Plan Refinement Report in 2011 and the Capitol Highway Corridor Stormwater Concept Design in 2016. In each of these cases, the city faced challenges in developing a buildable project with limited funding and challenging physical constraints.
Now, with Fixing Our Streets funds available to leverage other funding from PBOT, Environmental Services, Water Bureau, and the State of Oregon, the project can move forward. It is the largest project, by total dollar value, funded by the Fixing Our Streets gas tax approved by voters in May 2016.
This joint PBOT-BES-PWB project is funded through the Fixing Our Streets city gas tax, Transportation System Development Charges, Oregon Lottery-backed bonds, Bureau of Environmental Services funds, and Water Bureau funds. Fixing Our Streets will contribute roughly $6.6 million of the total anticipated budget of $21-26 million.