430 SW 10th Ave
Portland, Oregon

West Burnside/Couch project

In April 2007 the Portland City Council directed the Portland Office of Transportation to begin preliminary engineering for the West Burnside/Couch Project. Open house participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, review the plans, give input, and get questions answered by the project team.

What: West Burnside/Couch Project Open House

When: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Where: The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland, 403 SW 10th Avenue (take TriMet #20 bus or the
Portland Streetcar to the open house)

Who: The Project Team – contact Jean Senechal Biggs at (503) 823-7211

Official Website: http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/2008/03/public-open-house-west-burnsidecouch.html

Added by multimodal on March 1, 2008





The common goal of the Burnside and Couch Projects is to make Portland's central city vibrant, economically vital, and safe for all. Street improvements, a new streetcar line, and new opportunities for development will create an exciting place to walk, gather, work, live, and visit.

The projects extend from NW 24th Place to NE 14th Avenue. Streetscape and transportation improvements will include green street treatments, enhanced street lighting, and safer pedestrian crossings. Burnside and Couch Streets will be converted to a couplet with signals at every intersection between NW 15th to NW 2nd Avenues and between NE 3rd and NE 14th Avenues. Burnside will carry eastbound traffic and Couch will carry westbound traffic. The one-way system will improve traffic progression and support streetcar operations. West of NW 15th Ave and east of NE 14th Ave, Burnside and Couch transition back to two-way traffic and the Burnside Bridge will continue to have two-way traffic.

As a gateway to Portland's most dense neighborhoods, Burnside and Couch will improve connections between adjacent neighborhoods and businesses along the corridor. The Burnside and Couch Projects will also stimulate economic development and encourage new housing, retail, and office space.