SW Millikan Way Extension Project

Project Description

The SW Millikan Way Extension Project aims to realign, redesign and rebuild SW Millikan Way between SW Watson Avenue and SW Lombard Ave.

The extension of SW Millikan Way appears in the city’s most recent 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP), adopted September 2010. The project has been a long-standing city priority for at least 30 years.

Existing Problems

  • SW Millikan Way currently does not connect to SW Lombard Avenue, representing a missing link in the downtown grid which affects circulation and access, as well as visibility of adjacent land uses.
  • A sharp curve in the road just east of Watson Ave limits sight distance for people walking, biking and driving.
  • The present alignment does not provide adequate sidewalks and curb ramps. Sidewalks are missing in some locations and where sidewalks and curb ramps exist, they do not meet current ADA standards.
  • The number and location of driveways create multiple conflict points for people walking and biking
  • Unsignalized and ineffectively designed crossings with SW Watson Avenue and SW Hall Boulevard affect the travel time and safety of all modes of travel along SW Millikan Way.

Potential Opportunities

A realigned, rebuilt and extended SW Millikan Way can:

  • Support its function as a collector street within the downtown grid, providing a parallel route north of SW Canyon Road for east-west travel through the Beaverton Central district.
  • Create a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment which would add to existing downtown walking and citywide bicycle networks.
  • Support urban design and redevelopment efforts towards achieving the city’s goal of creating a vibrant and equitable downtown.

Project Phases

The SW Millikan Way Extension Project is divided into the following four phases:

Phase 1: Planning and Project Development
Phase 2: Preliminary Engineering
Phase 3: Right of Way Acquisition
Phase 4: Construction

Community engagement is an essential component of the project and will be conducted through all of its phases. Staff will work closely with existing impacted property owners and businesses as well the broader neighborhood and community.

Resources

Funding: The project is part of Washington County’s Major Street Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP 3e). A total of $9.4M of MSTIP funds has been allocated to the project for project development, preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, and construction. An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) signed on May 20, 2020 between the City of Beaverton and Washington County facilitates transfer of the responsibility for executing the project and the necessary funding to do so.

Next Steps

The project will require professional services for the planning and project development, preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, and construction phases. Construction of the improvements will be competitively bid.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will soon be issued seeking for proposals for supporting the City during Planning and Project Development.