December 5th, 2006 5:33 pm | by Ian Demsky News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Couchy Mama: Adams Wants Burnside Streetcar, Other Major Changes

Sam Adams

Portland Commissioner Sam Adams will be rolling out his recommendations for improving West Burnside and Northwest Couch this morning.

The project is aimed at putting “the center back into the center city,” Adams says in a statement embargoed until this morning.

The preliminary cost estimate, including extending the street car, is $80 million.

Highlights of the proposal, which is the culmination of months of analysis by the Portland Office of Transportation and several consultants, include:

• Slowing traffic and putting pedestrian crossings with signals at every intersection.
• Adding on-street parking and more opportunities for left turns to increase access to adjacent neighborhoods and businesses.
• Wider sidewalks, curb extensions, more trees.
• Extending the one-way street system and adding traffic signals to reduce traffic congestion.
• Constructing a street car on West Burnside and Northwest Couch, connecting neighborhoods between Northwest 23rd Avenue and Old Town/Chinatown.
• Turn Northwest Flanders Street into a “bike boulevard” providing easy cycling access between the Steel Bridge and Forest Park.
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