Fanno Creek Trail Connections Project

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Virtual neighborhood meeting has concluded.

Welcome to our Virtual Neighborhood Meeting!

To support social distancing, the Fanno Creek Trail Connections Project neighborhood meeting will be held on this web page.

Directions:

  1. Read the meeting purpose statement.
  2. Learn about the proposed project.
  3. Submit your questions and comments.

Welcome to our Virtual Neighborhood Meeting!

To support social distancing, the Fanno Creek Trail Connections Project neighborhood meeting will be held on this web page.

Directions:

  1. Read the meeting purpose statement.
  2. Learn about the proposed project.
  3. Submit your questions and comments.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    As someone who thrives off nature and being active, I just want to say how much it means to me and my wife to have a multi-use path that connects so many things right outside our door (downtown Tigard). Do you need any volunteers to help with the project or construction? I'd love to contribute my time if I can.

    Erin Saver asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your generous offer.  At this time we don’t need help with construction.  However, there is always a need for trash picking along the creek.  Feel free to contact Chad Morrow if you would like to volunteer to help keep the trail and creek trash free.  chad@tigard-or.gov.

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    Where the trail must align next to commercial or industrial development, please plant a visual screen (perhaps of arborvita) to soften and hide the transition. Also along the trail replacement north of City Hall.

    cd asked 11 months ago

    Will do as much as possible to screen industrial developments.  There are more opportunities to do this between Woodard and Grant.  Behind City Hall ,along the Frontier lot, there will be more challenges as the creek is tight to the trail and there is little room to accommodate planting on the industrial side of the trail.

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    My humble opinion - Some suggestions: Woodyard to Grand. Most bang for the cost. Library section. Use existing bridge by Hall Blvd to access NE side of Fanno Creek and trail to Boneta Rd. Avoid shortcut and another bridge. 85th to Tualatin River. Don't bother, there are good trails in existence now. Don't need a shortcut across the old farm. Thank you, Jack Arendt

    Jack asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your comments.  Here is a little more detail behind siting decisions for the trail:  Woodard to Grant Avenue segment has been the most popular.  Library Section:  We did evaluate the route your describe, however there were significant impacts to wetlands and streams and Red Rock Creek would have to be crossed in order for this route to work.  Also that route would require significantly more boardwalk and is much lower in elevation so the trail would often be flooded.  85th to Tualatin River:  This segment is important to support non-motorized commuter traffic on the trail, there are many conflicts between park users and commuters as the trail winds through Cook Park’s Butterfly Garden, play area, and large groups moving to and from field sport events.  Much of the  funding that is supporting construction of the trail is federal transportation dollars.  So the decision to site through  the old farm was driven by the need for a more direct non-motorized north-south route through Washington County, paralleling I-5 and 217.


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    When will the project be constructed?

    11 months ago

    The project is scheduled to go to bid in December of 2020. Construction is expected to end in 2022.

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    Why does construction take this long?

    11 months ago

    The contractor will need time to have bridges and boardwalks fabricated.  It is also expected that two dry seasons will be required to complete trail construction.   This is to allow wet areas along the new trail alignment to dry out for equipment access.

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    Will the new trail segments flood like some areas of the existing trail?

    11 months ago

    In a large storm event, the new trail segments may experience flooding.  This is not expected to be frequent. Under normal rain years approximately two times per year. The new segments are expected to drain quickly.

    Trails are the only allowed use in the floodplain and as such will be flooded from time to time.  The floodplain protects Tigard residents from severe flooding of homes, businesses, and streets.  Some days the floodplain will be working to protect our citizens and their homes.   But most of the time the floodplain will provide an amazing nature experience for trail users. 

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    How much will this project cost?

    11 months ago

    The total project cost is 7.8 million.  Over half of this cost is funded through a Federal Highway Administration Air Quality Grant administered by Oregon Department of Transportation and Metro.

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    Does this project complete the Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard?

    11 months ago

    No, one more segment remains and is located between Bonita Road south to connect at 85th Avenue or to the City of Durham.  There is currently a siting study being completed for this segment.  The study will identify a preferred alignment and will include construction cost estimates that will allow the City to pursue grant funding for construction.

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    Putting athletic fields in the natural area behind the library is a bad idea. There is no road access

    Brian asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for this suggestion.  Tigard is currently updating the parks master plan that will guide future park development.  I will pass this comment onto the consultant and our park manager.  Please watch the Tigard engagement page for upcoming opportunities to provide input on that plan.

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    Are there hard Construction start dates?

    Campagnolo4me asked 11 months ago

    Not exact dates. The construction contract will be administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  ODOT will control the bid process and award of the contract.  The project will be bid in December of 2020.  ODOT will then go through their process to award the contract.  Time frames can vary depending on ODOT’s workload and the number of contracts being bid at the same time as this contract.