Courtney Ave. Complete Streets

Courtney Ave. is a narrow roadway with bike lanes and no sidewalks which creates potential conflicts between all users.

Status

Project design

Updated: Dec. 12, 2023

The complete streets project will improve safety and accessibility by providing 6-foot separated sidewalks on both sides of Courtney Avenue; 8-foot buffered bike lanes; intermittent rain gardens for stormwater management; street and pedestrian lighting and ADA compliant intersection curb ramps; and crosswalk enhancements at two intersections. The sidewalk and bikeway improvements will also provide a direct east-west connection to the Trolley Trail for travelers.

Why

To improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists with sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes, and an improved link to the Trolley Trail.

Schedule

  • Project planning and design: Sept. 2023 – spring 2026
  • Right of Way Acquisition Efforts: April 2024 – fall 2025 
    All right of way acquisitions are conducted as required by state and federal law. Read right of way brochure: English | Spanish.
  • Construction: summer 2026 – fall 2026 

Traffic impact

  • No impacts to traffic at this time. Rolling single lane closures and detours may be needed during construction.

Current activities

  • Project design phase.

Funding

  • Project estimate $6.6 million 
  • Funding is provided from the county road funds, transportation system development charges and capital federal funds through a Metro 2022–24 Regional Flexible Fund Allocation Grant and ODOT.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The term "complete streets" is typically used for planning and development purposes, and is typically associated with transportation elements that include nonvehicle modes of travel such as separated sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Some of the design elements being considered for the Courtney Avenue project include:

  • Construct 6-foot-wide sidewalks and 5.5-foot-wide landscape buffers to create a safer and more comfortable pedestrian environment separated from vehicle traffic. Remove any obstructions in proposed sidewalk areas and add missing ADA compliant curb ramps. The result will be adding approximately 32 ADA compliant curb ramps.
  • Construct 8-foot bicycle lanes (6-foot bike lane with a 2-foot buffer). The existing striped bike lanes function more as shoulders for the roadway than an active transportation facility. The bicycle lanes will also be marked and signed to prevent on-street parking.
  • Enhance the existing crossing at the Courtney Avenue - Trolley Trail intersection with ADA ramps, connecting sidewalks, lighting and a new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) on both the Courtney Avenue at the Trolley Trail approach. 
  • Install illumination (streetlights) throughout the limits of the project to increase the visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists. 
  • Construct a speed table for the intersection of Linden Lane and Courtney Avenue allowing pedestrians to cross at nearly a constant grade and increasing driver awareness of the intersection and crosswalks. The speed table will be similar to the existing one located at the intersection of Courtney Avenue and Arista Drive/the Trolley Trail. 
  • Narrow vehicle travel lanes to 10 feet from the current 12 feet to reduce pedestrian crossing time and to redistribute space to create 2-foot buffers on both sides of the bicycle lanes. Narrowing the lanes is anticipated to reduce traffic speeds and increase driver awareness of their surroundings. 
  • In a few locations along the corridor, the vehicle travel lane is immediately adjacent to existing parking lots, creating random access points from the parking areas to Courtney Avenue. The project will work to clearly define parking lot driveway access points to Courtney Avenue. 
  • Construct a bike box with ingress lanes on Courtney Avenue on both sides of the intersection of Courtney Avenue and McLoughlin Boulevard. For eastbound travelers, the existing bicycle facility ends approximately 200 feet west of the Courtney Avenue- McLoughlin Boulevard intersection. A bike box will be installed at the southeast corner of this intersection to provide bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing traffic. 
  • Install bicycle detection at McLoughlin Blvd. An infrared video detection camera will be installed on the traffic signal at the Courtney Avenue-McLoughlin Boulevard intersection to detect bikes separately from passenger vehicles. The signal timing will likely be adjusted to help bikes safely cross the wide intersection.
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This plan to improve safety for all travelers was discussed with and supported by community groups that supported the county’s grant request for this project. Removing parking from this narrow section of road is the safest for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists by removing conflict points. There will be dedicated travel lanes for motorists and bicyclists, and a separated sidewalk for pedestrians.

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A rain garden is a specialized type of stormwater collection area. Commonly referred to as a stormwater and/or water quality facility, "rain gardens" include plants that are planted in "water quality media". This is a specialized soil mixture that helps clean the stormwater as it both nurtures plant growth, absorbs pollutants, and provides stormwater infiltration before entering storm pipes that lead to adjacent streams.

What is a raised speed table? Term shown on the slide. 
A raised speed table is a traffic calming or traffic safety element similar to a speed bump, but at or near the same height as the adjacent sidewalks.

Since the project ends at River Road, will there be any consideration for altering the traffic signal at River/Courtney to a blinking yellow? Will it be a 4-way stop or something else? One of the lights heading southbound that is a blinking yellow light has been moved/damaged/altered, you have to be on top of it to see the light.

Staff have been monitoring the intersection for some time. A review of the pending project design alternatives will occur at this intersection and the remainder of the overall design. Concerning the signal itself, we have discussed and are considering removing the overhead flasher and hanging lights. Traffic signal flasher poles on top of stop signs, advanced warnings signs and light poles are being considered (something like the photo to the right).

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Gone through 5-7 Rose Villa construction traffic that followed 2-3 years of construction at sewer plant. Destroyed pavement between river and Laurie. Patches are sinking, rough to travel. Issue because Courtney/Laurie is a large school bus stop. Kids are standing on the gravel corner with quite a bit of traffic. Could sidewalks be extended past River road? Laurie is on the west side of River Road, not within the project footprint. There is a blind corner because of vegetation and a sloped hill, a sharp 90 degree turn with low spot.

The grant obtained to implement the project includes defined project limits between River Road and McLoughlin Road. These limits were chosen to balance the total project costs with previous grant awards. Extending the project limits is not an option for this project. The county is beginning the process of updating our Transportation System Plan and encourage everyone in the county to participate to share their transportation needs and concerns. Please encourage your members to get on the mailing list for project updates and engagement opportunities. An update occurs every 10 years and the plans are for 20 years in the future. This is a critical piece to identify projects like the Courtney Ave project and get them on our list. If a project isn’t on a list, it won’t be considered for improvements. 

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The replacement of the roadway is not in the grant application or in the projects scope. When we are widening and making adjustments to travel lanes, including bike lanes and sidewalks, we will repair any damage done to the road. However, replacing the roadway or adding a 2-inch asphalt overlay will be considered in one of the design alternatives and cost estimates to determine if this will fit within the existing budget.

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Bob Knorr
Project Manager
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