After years of a stalled 2003 plan to make Foster Road safer and more aesthetically inviting between SE 50th and SE 84th Avenue, improvements may actually be on the way. Not a moment too soon, the current plan will be up for a refresh, as neighborhood residents have pushed especially hard recently for improvements along the corridor in the face of numerous traffic accidents and fatalities. The plan, which calls for improved safety measures and some beautification, will take its first big step forward this Wednesday, September 19, as the Stakeholder Advisory Committee will meet for the first time with project planners to discuss how to move the project forward.
There already appear to be points of contention, as opinions vary on how to make Foster Road safer — and at what cost. While many believe speeds should be lowered and traffic calming measures implemented, others don’t want it to impact their commute times. In addition, such elements as added bike lanes and the infrastructure for a future streetcar line are causing concern for those who want to preserve Foster’s ability to move vehicles quickly from East Portland and parts of Clackamas County into the city’s core. While such impacts haven’t been determined, and may be minimal at worst, some of the proposed elements of the streetscape plan have the ability to improve the safety, sustainability and quality of life for those living within the bounds of this project. If you have views you’d like to express in this process, or would like to get involved, you are strongly encouraged to do so. You can click here for more information, as well as the agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting.