City council aims to make Barbur Blvd. safer

City council aims to make Barbur Blvd. safer

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Posted on October 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM

PORTLAND – City council unanimously endorsed a long-range Metro plan for transit in the southwest corridor, running from Portland to Sherwood.

The plan sets goals for specific improvements. It also looks to add high-capacity transit, possibly in the form of light rail.

The SW Corridor Plan includes major improvements along the 6.1-mile stretch of Barbur Boulevard, from Portland to the Tigard city limits.

People who use Barbur Boulevard have said safety problems currently plague parts of the busy thoroughfare. Portland city leaders have already approved money to add sidewalks, crosswalks and better bike lanes to a section of the street from Southwest 19th Avenue to Southwest 26th Avenue.

Jeron Zimmerman, who ran across all four lanes of traffic to get to a convenience store, said he was glad to hear about the plan.

“I just looked at the red light and nobody was coming and I didn’t really have a choice because it was the easiest way," said Zimmerman. "I shouldn’t have done it but I did.”

The money is allocated, but the construction is not expected to start for two years. And the long-range Metro plans are looking decades ahead.

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