19th Avenue and Sparrow Street Greenway Design
When a proposed development threatened a historic neighborhood’s quiet streets, the City of Milwaukie recognized that a woonerf street design might provide an appropriate, cost-effective solution. A woonerf is a living street, a concept from the Netherlands and Belgium, with shared space, traffic calming, and low speed limits. Otak provided design assistance and worked with the neighborhood and City engineering staff to develop an innovative woonerf design in Island Station neighborhood’s section of 19th Avenue and Sparrow Street. The design identified opportunities to increase active transportation, including bicycling and walking, and highlight the district’s identity. Hosting a series of neighborhood meetings, the team brought together an active public to solve conflicting goals and unify on a vision and the ultimate design. We assuaged initial concerns regarding change in the community and made sure the design reflected the neighborhood’s qualities. The pedestrian-friendly final design created a unique neighborhood greenway connection between two parks along the Willamette River. The City adopted the design along with new policies and engineering standards for use in other locations.
Client: City of Milwaukie
Date Completed: February 2016 (on time and within budget)
Project Manager: Glen Bolen
Otak Team Contract Amount/Total Project Cost: $49,943
Type: Planning & Design; Transportation; Water Resources