Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project meetings this week

A Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project meeting with the City of Milwaukie and two project open house events are coming up this week.

  • Monthly Milwaukie Light Rail Meeting
    Mon. Feb. 22, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Bridge City Church
    2816 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie.
    (Note: Due to third Monday being in close proximity to the holidays, the meeting will be held on the fourth Monday in February.)
  • Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Open House
    Mon. Feb. 22, 2010, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    St. Phillip Neri Parish Hall, Carvlin Hall
    2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland
  • Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Open House
    Thu. Feb. 25, 2010, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Milwaukie High School
    11300 SE 23rd Ave., Milwaukie

Please visit Milwaukie Light Rail (Tacoma St. Station/JCB) for neighborhood’s information on the project.  For more information on the project, visit www.trimet.org/pm.

Tacoma St. Park & Ride scales back; 32nd Ave. gets signal lights; Oct. 26th Q&A’s

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project planners announced at Thursday night Tacoma Street Station/Johnson Creek Blvd. meeting that theTacoma Street Station Park & Ride size was cut down to 800 cars spaces, and shaving off one story from the structure.

The parking space and structure reduction may not relieve Johnson Creek Boulevard (JCB) from traffic volume and some traffic mitigation such as signal light at S.E. 32nd Ave. and JCB is likely.

A revised design elevation may be available for public viewing in March.

Alan Snook, traffic engineer of DKS and Associates, explained cars queuing from SE 32nd Ave. and JCB to Tacoma St. and McLoughlin can be a safety issue if cars are lined up on McLoughlin to Tacoma Street ramps. Signal lights would be mandatory to prevent queuing on McLoughlin Blvd.

NDA approves proceeding with JCB tolling project exploration

The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night voted 14-1 to proceed with exploration of the Johnson Creek Blvd. toll gantry pilot program that tolls traffic congestion.

Metro Councilor and Ardenwald resident Carlotta Collette proposed the idea in January, which was published on Ardenwald.org (read proposal here).

Collette discussed more on the topic at Tuesday’s Neighborhood Association meeting with discussions and feedback from NDA board members and residents.

Mayor Ferguson responds to JCB traffic issues

Milwaukie mayor, Jeremy Ferguson, responded to Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Associations letter composed on January 7, 2010, regarding the concerns about Johnson Creek Boulevard traffic issue (Download Mayor’s Response Letter (PDF, 25 kb)):

February 10, 2010

Dear Members of the Ardenwald NDA,

Thank you very much for your January 7 letter regarding the future of Johnson Creek Boulevard. The Milwaukie City Council has been following the various discussions that are underway about possible changes to the street due to the Portland-to-Milwaukie light rail project. Johnson Creek Boulevard is an important route, as it serves at least three Milwaukie neighborhoods and neighboring jurisdictions and businesses.