2022 Pathways Program

The City is proposing several new pathways to connect neighborhoods with local elementary schools and parks. 

Improvements include new pathways for four locations: 

  • Boca Ratan Drive Pathway – from Bonniebrae Drive to Atwater Road
  • Douglas Way Pathway – from Quarry Road to Boones Ferry Road
  • Hallinan Street Pathway – from Hemlock Street to Cherry Lane
  • Lanewood Street/Douglas Circle Pathway – from Boones Ferry Road to Twin Fir Road

This summer, the project team  developed possible alternative concepts of the pathways and sought feedback through in-person meetings and online questionnaires. Results are available in the key documents and under project updates. 

On September 22, the City and project team presented the community feedback received from the meetings and questionnaires, along with the preliminary concepts to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). A link to the meeting materials and agenda is here.

Following the TAB meeting, on October 18, Council made a decision to move forward with developing detailed designs for all four pathway locations. To view the meeting agenda and materials, click here. 

To view perspective and plan views of the maps and project context/background, read more below. 

Background & Project Need

This pathway project is identified as an important component in the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) and is funded under the current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The scope of the 2022 Pathways Project was selected by the Transportation Advisory Board.

Each pathway will provide critical missing connections linking neighborhoods to schools, business districts, and recreation areas. This project is part of the City and Council goal of providing safe pedestrian facilities that encourage walking, rolling, and riding.

Schedule

  • Alternatives Development & Preliminary Design: Spring-Summer 2022
  • Transportation Advisory Board and City Council Review: Fall 2022
  • Detailed Design: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Construction: Summer 2023

Concept Development - Summer 2022

Please note, initial concepts were presented at the August community meetings. Since then, some of the options have been eliminated based on feedback received at the meetings and existing constraints (e.g. utility pole locations, trees, site distance/clearance, property impacts etc.).

Boca Ratan Drive Pathway Concepts

Options that were available for feedback in the questionnaire:

  • 5-foot wide raised concrete sidewalk with a concrete curb, narrowing the width of the street by adding in the new sidewalk, OR
  • No pathway/sidewalk improvements.

Eliminated Option

After receiving feedback at the recent Boca Ratan community meeting, the project team has eliminated option 1 (a 5-foot wide raised concrete sidewalk with a concrete curb installed outside/behind the existing roadway). This was due to concerns with tree removal and potential impacts to adjacent property encroachments in the right-of-way.

Douglas Way Pathway Concepts

For Douglas Way, there were three proposed concepts available for feedback on the questionnaire, all of which are located on the south side of the roadway. The main difference between them is the type of material for each:

Option 1: 5-foot wide asphalt pathway with some concrete curbs
Option 2: 5-foot wide raised concrete sidewalk with concrete curbs
Option 3: A combination of raised concrete sidewalk and asphalt pathway with concrete curbs

All options also show potentially installing marked crosswalks at the intersection of Douglas and Hallmark.

Hallinan Street Pathway Concepts

Segments that were available for feedback in the questionnaire:

  • Only one segment
  • A combination of segments
  • No segments/pathway improvements

Segments include:

  • Segment 1 (shown in purple) proposes a 5-foot wide asphalt pathway/concrete sidewalk combination on Cherry Lane between Hawthorne Drive and on Hallinan Street to Meadows Drive.
  • Segment 2 (shown in turquoise) proposes a 5-foot wide raised concrete sidewalk with a curb on the east side of Hallinan Street between Meadows Drive and Hemlock Street.
  • Segment 3 (shown in yellow) proposes improvements to the Hallinan Street and Hemlock Street intersection, including continuing the pathway to the school entrance, and adding in curb bump-outs to improve pedestrian safety/visibility and provide traffic calming.

Eliminated Option

After receiving feedback at the recent Hallinan Street community meeting, the project team has eliminated option 2 (a combination of sidewalk/pathway on different sides of the street with additional crosswalks). This is due to additional street crossings and potential conflicts between pedestrians and traffic. 

Lanewood Street/Douglas Circle Pathway Concepts

Options that were available for feedback in the questionnaire:

  • 5-foot wide asphalt pathway with a concrete curb, located on the south side of Lanewood Street and the south side of Douglas Circle on the south loop. This creates a direct connection from Boones Ferry to Twin Fir, but has tight areas at utility poles and trees that will need to be coordinated around., OR
  • No pathway/sidewalk improvements.

Eliminated Option

After receiving feedback at the recent Lanewood/Douglas community meeting, the project team has eliminated option 2, a 5-foot wide asphalt pathway with a concrete curb, located on the north side of Lanewood Street and the east/south side of Douglas Circle on the north loop. This was eliminated due to concerns with creating an additional crossing, requiring property coordination, and potential impacts to adjacent property encroachments in the right-of-way.

Topics Discussed at Summer 2022 Community Meetings

Physical Separation

On pedestrian improvements like sidewalks and pathways, it is preferred to provide physical separation between the pedestrian facility and vehicular traffic, either using a curb (vertical separation) or using greenspace (horizontal separation). Example photos are shown below. This physical separation helps to provide a safer and more comfortable facility, especially for more vulnerable users. Physical separation has been incorporated into each of the pathway location concepts.

Example of using greenspace to provide horizontal separation between pathway and roadway 

Example of using a raised concrete curb to provide vertical separation between pathway and roadway 

Traffic Calming

Traffic calming is the combination of physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. This could include constructing speed bumps, providing curb extensions (bump-outs), narrowing the roadway, striping, signage etc.

Concrete or Asphalt – The Pros and Cons

In Lake Oswego, the two major materials that are typically used for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way have been asphalt (for pathways) and concrete (for sidewalks). Gravel pathways are common in parks. 

Example of concrete sidewalk under construction

Example of asphalt pathway

There are pros and cons to each:

Material Type Pros Cons 
Concrete sidewalk
  • Provides more precise slope for drainage control/management
  • Provides best surface and grade compliance for Americans with Disabilities Act requirements
  • Typically lasts longer than asphalt 
  • Historically costlier to install than asphalt
  • Due to construction methods (forming subgrade) and depth of excavation, can be more impactful to tree roots or nearby trees
Asphalt pathway 
  • Historically less cost to install than concrete
  • Can be aesthetically preferred
  • More difficult to achieve ADA compliance.
  • Typically, shorter life span than concrete
  • Does not provide as much preciseness with matching grades or providing drainage control
  • Can be more susceptible to damage from tree roots. 
Project Updates: 

October 26, 2022 - Upcoming Tree Survey Work

Survey crews will be visiting the four pathway locations in the next week or two to conduct a tree survey and inventory of the trees located within the public right-of-way. This is standard practice for all design projects. 

October 14, 2022 - Upcoming Council Meeting

Staff from the project team will be presenting an update to Council on Tuesday, October 18. Council will decide whether to move forward with design on the project. To view the agenda and meeting materials, click here. 

September 23, 2022 - Round Two Questionnaire Results

Results from the second round of questionnaires are now available:

In addition, a summary of the open houses is also available here.

September 12, 2022 - Questionnaires Now Closed 

Thank you for your feedback! The questionnaires are now closed. We appreciate your participation and will share the feedback we have received on the website, at the TAB meeting on September 22, and at Council in October. 

August 18, 2022 - Online Questionnaires Now Available! 

Preliminary concepts are now available, along with questionnaires! Share your feedback by September 11.

August 8-9, 2022 - Alternative Maps & Community Meetings

The project team has developed possible alternatives of the pathways. These were presented at the August 8 and August 9 community meetings.

July 20, 2022 - Upcoming Community Meetings 

In May, we held our first open houses with neighbors and gathered additional community feedback through questionnaires. We would like to share with neighbors the design concepts showing possible alternatives of the pathways. We invite you to attend the second community meeting regarding the proposed pathways. This is the next opportunity in the design process for input and discussion.

Four meetings will be held on:

  • Monday, August 8 at 6 p.m. for Douglas Way Pathway (at Lake Grove Elementary School Library)
  • Monday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. for Lanewood Street/Douglas Circle Pathway (at Lake Grove Elementary School Library)
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. for Boca Ratan Drive Pathway (at Lake Oswego City Hall Council Chambers)
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. for Hallinan Street Pathway (at Lake Oswego City Hall Council Chambers)

Maps showing the preliminary alternatives will be posted to the project website on the date of the meeting. Please note, these will be conceptual drawings based on initial community feedback and are in no way final. The design team is working to balance the need for improvements with property constraints, while also listening to neighbor concerns.

In addition to the conceptual drawings, an online questionnaire will be available for you to provide feedback. The questionnaire will be available on the project website in mid-August through the end of August. 

July 18, 2022 - Round One Questionnaire Results

Results from the first round of questionnaires are now available:

In addition, a summary of the open houses is also available here.

The next opportunity in the design process for input and discussion will be in August. A second round of community meetings will be held to share design concepts showing possible alternatives of the pathway with community members.

In addition, online questionnaires will be available for each of the pathway locations in mid-August. Stay tuned for more information and meeting details! 

May 24, 2022

Thank you for your feedback and attending the meetings. The questionnaires are now closed. We appreciate your participation and will incorporate the feedback we have received into the next stages of the design. Stay tuned for more information!

May 2022 - Round One Meetings and Questionnaires

The City is committed to working with neighbors along planned pathway streets and within the neighborhoods, to gather input and concerns to aid with the initial phase of the design. The City and project team is holding four focused discussions to listen to and learn from neighbors. 

Four meetings will be held on:

  • Tuesday, May 17 for Hallinan Street Pathway
  • Wednesday, May 18 for Douglas Way Pathway
  • Wednesday, May 18 for Lanewood Street Pathway
  • Thursday, May 19 for Boca Ratan Drive Pathway

We encourage neighbors to attend these meetings. Your early input and ideas will help us develop concepts before we move forward with the design work in the coming months. At the meetings, we will provide a map showing existing information such as property lines, locations of trees, driveways, underground utilities, and other features in the right-of-way on a map.

Questionnaires

We also have online questionnaires available for neighbors to complete and share feedback. Your feedback and comments will ensure we have consistent information from all residents in the project area. Links for each questionnaire are outlined below:

  • Hallinan Street Pathway Questionnaire
  • Douglas Way Pathway Questionnaire
  • Lanewood Street Pathway Questionnaire
  • Boca Ratan Drive Pathway Questionnaire 

Questionnaires will be open until May 23. 

March 2022 - Project Introduction

Currently, the City of Lake Oswego and its engineering consulting partner are beginning the design process for four new pathway connections within the City. 

The first phase of the project will be to solicit input from the residents of the neighborhoods in which these pathways will be constructed. Residents will be given the opportunity at open house events to review conceptual designs and potential alignments. Feedback will be used by the project team to inform the pathway designs. Letters will be mailed to residents’ homes in the coming weeks with more information.

Project Details
ID: 
WO 320
Year: 
2022
Status: 
Active
Project Contact: 

Heike Shipton, Senior Associate Engineer

503-697-6510

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