Beaverton Downtown Loop Project

Introduction

The Loop is an important concept identified in the Beaverton Downtown Design Project (DDP) that establishes a strong connection between Old Town and Beaverton Central along the SW Hall Blvd. and SW Watson Ave. one-way pair, from the north end where they come together at Crescent St. south to SW Fifth Ave. It will: 

  • Reimagine the use of public space and insert a common set of elements into the streetscape to aid wayfinding, establish a district identity, prioritize pedestrian, bicycle and transit safety and mobility, and spur new private investment that will add to the vibrancy of Downtown Beaverton.
  • Link significant cultural, economic and civic destinations, including the under-construction Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, restaurants and services in historic Old Town, Beaverton City Park, the Beaverton Farmer’s Market and the Beaverton City Library. 
  • Be welcoming and accessible to all ages and abilities and be welcoming to a diversity of residents, employees and visitors.

Current Streetscape/Land Use Conditions

  •  The north section of the Loop runs from the north end of the Hall/Watson one-way pair near SW Crescent Street, south to SW Broadway Street with a mix of development patterns from new, medium-rise, mixed-use development to large- lot, low-rise, automobile-oriented uses. 
  • The south section of the Loop runs south of SW Broadway Street to SW 4th St in the area known as Old Town. Blocks here are 200’ long and the development pattern is one/two-story, older commercial buildings with three new mixed-use developments (a fourth is under construction).

Current Transportation Conditions

  • Pedestrian and bicycle access along the Loop route currently face significant impediments, including SW Canyon Road (OR 8), the Union Pacific railroad tracks and SW Farmington Road (OR 10), as well as very different traffic and land use conditions.
  • The SW Watson Ave. and SW Hall Blvd. one-way pair services as the main north/south arterial through Downtown. Each of them carries approximately 10,000 vehicles per day (pre-pandemic counts).
  • TriMet serves Downtown Beaverton with 11 bus lines stopping at the Beaverton Transit Center, as well other stops across the Downtown area. Frequent-service bus route 76 runs along SW Hall Blvd. 
  • Blue and Red MAX lines and WES commuter rail also stop at the Beaverton Transit Center.  TriMet is planning to extend the Red line to Hillsboro in 2023/24, so both lines will use the Beaverton Central stop.