Multnomah County’s road map for transportation improvements -- the Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program Biennial Update for Fiscal Years 2014-2018 -- will be considered for adoption at by the Board of County Commissioners at their regular morning meeting on May 28, 2015. The meeting will be in the Multnomah Building Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Agenda information is available at http://multnomah.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.
The purpose of the Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program (CIPP) is to ensure limited public funds are invested in transportation projects that provide the greatest public benefit. The plan is updated every five years and is reviewed biennially for programming corrections. In addition to programming corrections, this biennial update includes updates to the Willamette River bridges and fish passage culvert criteria and prioritized project lists.
Information is available online at multco.us/cipp.
The CIPP is a two-part process. The Capital Improvement Plan identifies and ranks transportation improvement needs on county roadways and bridges over the next 20 years. The county’s network of roads and bridges lies outside the cities of Gresham and Portland, with the exception of five Willamette River bridges within Portland.
Projects that accommodate all modes of transportation — motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle, and improvements to fish passage culverts — are considered. County staff use objective criteria to evaluate and score potential projects. Criteria include safety, health, equity, access to transit, congestion relief, support of regional land use goals, and community support.
The Capital Improvement Program assigns anticipated revenues to the highest priority projects for a five-year period. The program is reviewed by the County Transportation Division annually for programming updates. The annual updates ensure that anticipated capital revenues are adjusted to more current projections, and capital project expenditures are allocated appropriately.