TIGER II Grant: Southeast Corridor Project
The Southeast Corridor is slated for rapid changes to foster more livable, sustainable communities. More than a century ago, this corridor—which spans between central Portland and Milwaukie—grew into a thriving industrial area surrounded by rural stretches, parkland and a few nearby neighborhoods. Over time, the neighborhoods expanded to the industrial edges, and new commercial, educational and cultural uses developed to serve the growing population.
The Southeast Corridor Project: Connecting Communities readies the corridor for new jobs and residents, enhances livability, increases efficiency for freight, and capitalizes on the existing and future investments. The Southeast Corridor Project consists of five components vital to regional livability and economic success:
- SE Water Avenue Relocation
- Oregon Pacific Railroad and Yard Improvements
- Clinton to the River Multi-use Path
- Rhine Pedestrian Bridge
- Kellogg Lake Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge
- The project will enhance safe access and mobility to jobs, schools, transit, amenities and public services for all users including economically disadvantaged, non-drivers, senior citizens and disabled persons.
- The project provides enhanced bike and pedestrian access to Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project stations, the Willamette River Bridge, Portland’s Innovation Quadrant and downtown Portland to encourage multi-modal transportation and non-automotive commuter options, which reduces greenhouse gases and helps to foster energy independence.
- By moving SE Water Avenue out of the center of prime redevelopment parcels and providing enhanced transit access, the project reinforces regional efforts in land use and encourages redevelopment of under-utilized brownfield sites in Portland’s inner southeast.
- Increasing non-automotive connectivity to jobs, schools and services will reduce transportation costs for corridor residents and make more household income available for housing and discretionary spending.
The TIGER II project will generate several key long-term benefits that leverage federal, state and local public and private investments to serve a diverse population and prepare the Southeast Corridor for the next 100 years. » Read more...
TriMet, the City of Portland, the City of Milwaukie and Metro seek $10 million in TIGER II grant funds to complete the funding package necessary for the $12.8 million Southeast Corridor Project » Read more...