A lot of people have been pissed off about the City's proposed street fee (aka Transportation User Fee). I attended the Woodstock open house last April, and saw a deeply divided audience. The audience seemed to be 50/50 for and against. Some were upset about the concept of a new fee, others though we were already paying for streets, and more still were distrustful that their neighborhood would see any of the money that was raised.
Particular frustration came from Brentwood-Darlington residents, a neighborhood where it seems they have more unimproved streets than 'complete' streets. How does maintenance money help them, when they don't have many finished streets to maintain? How can you add safe curb ramps to a sidewalk that doesn't exist?
It looks like PBOT was listening, and they recently released the Transportation Needs Guidebook, with information and maps of where transportation needs are, and presumably, where potential improvements would go. What does it mean for our SE neighborhoods?
No one likes driving (or biking, or crossing) on cut-up, pothole filled bumpy streets. The big winners here are:
SE Holgate: from 63rd to 72nd
SE Foster: from 82nd to 92nd) (hey, maybe this means we can use the Foster Streetscape money for something else?)
SE 92nd: From Holgate to the Springwater, except for the recently rebuilt part in the Lents Town Center
SE Ellis: from Foster to 92nd
Other streets are in less dire need of repair and will get various treatments from fog-seal, to a scrape-and-resurface.
See the area below, or click here for the citywide map.
PBOT has been saying that a big chunk of the money will go to safety improvements, like crossings and sidewalks. This one is a little less specific than the street paving map, but it does give us a sense of priorities.
School areas will get safer streets and crossings
The east side of the Lents couplet will get a crossing.
SE Ellis will finally get sidewalks.
and so will Brentwood-Darlington
See the area map below, or click here for the citywide map.