Today the City Council approved an additional $2 million in funding for the Foster Road Transportation Safety & Streetscape project. That amount will be added to $3.25 million already identified for the 2.2-mile long project.
The Council approved PBOT’s recommended project list for the Metro Area’s Regional Flexible Funds for Fiscal Years 2016-2018. That recommendation now goes to the regionwide Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), where it is expected to receive final approval next month.
The Council’s full funding recommendation also included $8.3 million for transportation improvements in East Portland, $1.9 million for improvements to SW Barbur Boulevard, $6 million for improvements in the Central City, and $3.7 million for freight access improvements at Swan Island and Rivergate.
Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick told the Council that “investments that make it easier to walk, bike and take transit also contribute to improving our economy. They’re not just about liveability. They’re not just about reducing our carbon footprint. They’re not just about safety. They’re also about economic development.”
The Foster Road project made the final cut with unusually broad public support, which included Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Oregon Walks, OPAL Environmental Justice and The Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Local citizens submitted more than 150 public comments in favor of the project, far outpacing support for any other project in the region.