Public invited to Feb. 17 open house on the Monroe Neighborhood Street Design Plan to improve travel safety and accessibility

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

 Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County is working with the community to design improvements to Monroe Street, Thompson Road and connecting streets to increase safety and accessibility for all travelers - drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. The project includes development of a Safe Routes to Schools plan for Whitcomb Elementary School.

The public is invited to learn more about design plans under consideration at a public open house scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the cafeteria at Whitcomb Elementary School, 7400 SE Thompson Road.

A special presentation about the plan and design options will be presented at 6:45 p.m., but the public is welcome to drop in any time from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Participants will have the chance to comment on a variety of topics including:

  • How to make walking and biking safer and easier for children and adults.
  • Whether to improve the unimproved area of Monroe Street just east of 78th Avenue for all travel modes (bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles) or only pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • How to balance the need for on-street parking with the need to provide safe places for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Options for slowing traffic.

Monroe Street is a key east-west route across Milwaukie and northwest Clackamas County, an important link between downtown Milwaukie and Clackamas Town Center, and a valuable connection between the MAX Orange Line and MAX Green Line. Stakeholder and technical advisory groups have been meeting with county staff and consultants to identify initial design options for the past six months.

For more information, members of the media and public may visit http://monroestreetplan.org/ or contact Project Manager Scott Hoelscher at ScottHoe@clackamas.us or 503-742-4524.

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