Oregon Coastal Notes Newsletter: Alternative Mobility Standards Provide Solutions to Congestion in Seaside (May 2013)
This newsletter examines the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Alternative Mobility Standards relating to the congestion situation in Seaside, Oregon. It also discusses the integration of transportation and land use within the State of Oregon.
On June 20, 2011, after a lengthy process, the City of Seaside's City Council adopted a Transportation System Plan (TSP) for their community. Under their TSP, the City of Seaside committed to invest in a range of multi-modal improvements to the local transportation infrastructure. These measures include upgrades to arterial streets, new bike paths, pedestrian improvements, and, enhancements to the community's transit system.
The most significant outcome of the City of Seaside's TSP is that U.S. Highway 101, which runs through the heart of Seaside, will not be widened to five lanes with a couplet at the south end of the city. Instead, over time, a modest set of improvements will be undertaken at intersections along U.S. Highway 101. These on-system and off-system improvements will enable the City of Seaside to reach highway performance targets along U.S. Highway 101 through the year 2030.
These innovative approaches represent a welcome sea change in transportation policy in the State of Oregon. The adoption of "Alternative Mobility Standards" in the Oregon Highway Plan (OHP) in August 2009 made this possible.
This case study also examines the process embarked upon by the leaders in the City of Seaside and the Oregon Department of Transportation in working together on difficult issues relating to transportation and congestion within the City of Seaside.
This case study honors the memory of Gail Achterman, former Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) member, who passed away on January 28, 2012 from pancreatic cancer.
Photo above is of the Seaside Transportation Plan Report Front Cover.
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