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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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SW Multnomah Blvd / Garden Home Road Intersection Safety Project

Multnomah/Garden Home intersection

Description of changes to Multnomah/GH intersection (subject to further refinement): 

  • A traffic signal will be used to control the intersection.
  • The east leg of SW Garden Home road will be realigned north to create a 4-way intersection with SW 69th (north leg) and Multnomah.
  • The intersection will feature signalized pedestrian crossings and bike lanes.  Specific design details will be provided later this year after PBOT begins design.
  • SW 69th (south leg) will be outside of the signalized intersection but still close enough that left turn movements will need to be restricted to improve safety.  PBOT will allow right turn into and out of SW 69th (south leg).
  • Old Market Pub will also be outside the signalized intersection but still close enough that some turning movements may need to be restricted.  Specific design details will be provided later this year. 
  • SW 69th (north leg) will have signalized access to and from all directions.
  • The new traffic signal will feature the latest traffic signal technology including signal preemption for emergency vehicles.


Public Engagement Report

These changes are based off of community feedback PBOT received between Dec 2018-March 2019.  A full report of our public engagement efforts can be found here: Public Engagement Report




The Portland Bureau of Transportation, through a funding partnership with Washington County, plans to improve the intersection of SW Multnomah Boulevard, Garden Home Road and 69th Avenue to reduce crashes, improve sight distance, address queueing issues, and provide safer, more comfortable pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Multi-jurisdictional coordination
Although PBOT is the road authority for SW Garden Home east of SW 71st, PBOT is coordinating with the following entities:

  • Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation
  • City of Beaverton (Transportation)
  • Beaverton School District
  • TriMet
  • City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Portland Fire and Rescue
  • Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue



  • $1,000,000  Washington County MSTIP 3e
  • $1,156,000  City of Portland Transportation System Development Charges  
  • $2,156,000  Total

PBOT is actively exploring additional funding options for this project.


  • Concept Design / Alternatives Analysis 2019
  • Design 2020-2021
  • Right-of-Way and Utility Relocates 2021-2022
  • Construction 2022-2023


Intersection Facts

The intersection sees approximately 17,000 entering vehicles daily, including approximately 16,000 on the west Garden Home leg, 14,000 on the Multnomah leg and 3,500 on the east Garden Home leg.

Over the ten year period from 2006 to 2015, the intersection has seen:

  • 33 total crashes
  • 1 fatal crash (single car, alcohol)
  • 0 serious injury crashes (“Injury A”)
  • 5 bicycle crashes
  • 0 pedestrian crashes
  • 15 crashes involving turning vehicles
  • 11 rear-end crashes
  • 3 run-off road crashes

*There may be more crashes that have not been reported.


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Lisa Patterson, Capital Project Manager