Virtual Community Meeting for Westside Trail Bridge study
October 20, 2020
The THPRD Planning team is holding a Virtual Community Meeting for the new Westside Trail Bridge over Highway 26 study. The virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm. This meeting is an opportunity for community members across the district to learn more about the study project, ask questions, and provide your input.
Property & Agency Stakeholders Virtual Meeting for Westside Trail Bridge study
September 30, 2020
The THPRD Planning team is offering a virtual presentation and discussion about the upcoming Westside Trail Bridge over Highway 26 study. While this Property & Agency Stakeholders Virtual Meeting will be a discussion among local property owners and agency stakeholders, we are also inviting the public to share their input and ask questions.
THPRD Exploring Options to Connect the Westside Trail Over Highway 26
April 15, 2020
THPRD is launching a project to explore options for the development of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing over Highway 26 to connect the Westside Trail from SW Greenbrier Parkway to the NW Cornell Road.
This project explores options for the development of a bridge crossing over Highway 26 to connect the Westside Trail from NW Greenbrier Parkway to the north side of Highway 26. Such a bridge would create a link connecting 25 miles of our Regional Trails system for walkers and bicyclists to reach destinations across Washington County. Key destinations include schools, businesses, housing, parks, recreation centers, natural areas, and transit stations.
The project includes exploring partnerships with local agencies and businesses, identifying any barriers to bridge development, engaging community members, and drafting design options. Once a final design is selected, the design will be used to develop a sufficient cost estimate to secure funding for the bridge construction. Because community involvement is a vital part of this planning and design process, THPRD will continuously engage community members to ensure that the bridge design reflects public needs.
* timeline is an approximate estimate
Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about this project.
Is it certain that this bridge will be built?
This project is specifically to explore options for building a bridge to connect the Westside Trail over Highway 26.
This project will help THPRD determine a budget for such a bridge, as well as learn more about options for where and how the bridge could be built.
It’s also an opportunity to engage the public to better understand the needs of community members while planning the bridge.
Once all this information is gathered, it will help determine the timeline for moving forward with bridge construction.
How will I get news and updates about the project?
Throughout the process, we will continue to post updates and ways to get involved on this webpage. We send public meeting and construction
notices to nearby and adjacent community members for all our development projects. If you would like to receive updates and notices about
this project, please join the project’s email list.
Why does THPRD purchase property if they are not yet ready to develop it into a park?
THPRD makes an effort to purchase property when it becomes available in new housing development areas and in established housing
areas that are underserved. (Level of service is defined in THPRD’s Parks Functional Plan.) Even if THPRD does not have the funds
to fully develop the property, the advanced purchase helps ensure that THPRD can serve patrons in that area in the future.
Why does it sometimes take years until THPRD can develop a trail connection?
THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 250,000 residents in and around Beaverton.
THPRD makes an effort to purchase property that will connect trails when and as it becomes available.
The development of certain trail connections are then prioritized based on each neighborhood’s level of need, access, and amount of time
they’ve been waiting. Additional factors include any existing barriers or limitations in an area, proximity to major destinations,
the number of district residents served in an area, funding and grant availability, transportation access, and more.
These factors can be found on the THPRD Trails Functional Plan.
Once THPRD begins planning the development of a trail connection, we are required to complete a variety of assessments, permits,
community engagement processes, planning documents, and more, all of which can take several years.