Public invited to comment online about 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 the design plans under consideration and express their views online at http://monroestreetplan.org/get-involved/online-open-house/. The information and input opportunity is for all interested people, including those who were unable to attend the Feb. 17 public open house, or who did attend and have additional comments or questions.

Participants are encouraged 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.

The online open house will be open through Sunday, March 6.

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.

More information about the project is available at http://monroestreetplan.org/ or by contacting Project Manager Scott Hoelscher at ScottHoe@clackamas.us or 503-742-4524.

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