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New plan will address 20 years of growth and will shape future transportation improvements

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WOODBURN - The transportation system plan will address many modes of transit, including public transportation.The city of Woodburn will be updating its transportation system plan, which identifies needed transportation improvements to accommodate growth, in 2018.

The city has received a $219,700 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to complete the update.

Oregon jurisdictions are required to have comprehensive plans addressing 20 years of future growth that comply with statewide goals and guidelines. The transportation system plan, which is a key component of the comprehensive plan, outlines projects, policies and strategies to improve all modes of the transportation system over the next 20 years.

After several years of legal challenges regarding its expanded Urban Growth Boundary, Woodburn's Comprehensive Plan was acknowledged in January 2016. The resulting plan modified land use allocations considerably, which impacts the overall transportation system. The transportation system plan needs to be updated to reflect the changes in anticipated growth, according to the city.

Additionally, several major transportation improvements have been completed since the transportation system plan was last updated, including reconstruction of the Interstate 5 interchange, major improvements to Highway 214 and completion of the I-5 transit center.

The specific objectives of this project are to:

• Adopt an updated transportation system plan that provides for a safe, efficient, well-connected multi-modal transportation network, based on the needs of existing and planned land uses.

• Determine infrastructure plans to support walking and cycling to and from local schools consistent with the Safe Routes to School program.

• Determine a prioritized list of needed transportation facilities and services considering expected future revenues.

• Develop plan elements that guide pedestrian and bicycle facilities to achieve maximum connectivity between bicycle, pedestrian, transit and community destinations, and securing an intermodal network of safety and access for all types of users.

• Preserve the function and capacity of state facilities.

• Ensure consistency with applicable laws and adopted plans.

• Develop implementation policies which support a safe, convenient and economical transportation system for all modes.

ODOT will be using a team of outside consultants to manage the project and provide all deliverables, which the agency does for all transportation system plan updates.

The lead consultant, Kittleson & Associates, was chosen after a detailed selection process that involved key members of the city of Woodburn staff.

The city will soon be unveiling a resident engagement plan that includes a Citizen Advisory Committee, a series of public open houses and presentations to local community groups, as well as a dedicated website to the project.

Anyone interested in the project, or with any questions can reach out to Community Development Director Chris Kerr at 503-980-2445.

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