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TriMet officials released proposals at an open house designed to relieve congestion along Upper Boones Ferry Road near Bridgeport Village.

TIMES PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Residents write down comments regarding what they think of proposals for elevated track platforms, alternatives to relocating a Village Inn restaurant.Residents got their first look at possible alternatives to track alignments and the location of a final Bridgeport Village station as part of a "Bonita to Bridgeport" open house Jan. 24, part of the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project.

TriMet representatives unveiled those proposals to a packed house held in the community room at Tigard Public Library.

Last fall, TriMet came up with a locally preferred alternative for the new rail line, a 12-mile route that begins south of the Portland Transit Mall, travels through Tigard and is expected to end in the Bridgeport Village area.

However because of public response regarding the project's Draft Environmental Statement, the Southwest Corridor project team sought two potential adjustments to the line between Bonita Road and the Bridgeport Village area, according to TriMet officials.

That was due to significant traffic issues and concerns at the location where the light rail tracks will cross Upper Boones Ferry Road.

As a result, TriMet is working with a plan to elevate the tracks over Upper Boones Ferry Road as part of the locally preferred alternative. However, those elevated tracks would result in significant more costs and impacts so TriMet is offering the possibility of building a shorter bridge over Boones Ferry Road but via Southwest 74th Avenue.

Click here to read the rest of the story in The Times of Tualatin, Tigard and Sherwood.

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