Tigard is celebrating the kickoff of the Main Street Green Street Project Phase 2. A community vision, more than 20 years in the making. This project will complete the “greening” of Main Street.
Phase 1, completed in 2014, added wider sidewalks, plantings designed to filter stormwater runoff before entering Fanno Creek, and amenities like benches and bike racks. Phase 2 will rebuild the northern half of Main Street from the railroad tracks to Scoffins Street. In addition to roadway improvements, the project will also add new street lighting, improve sidewalks and parking, provide safer pedestrian crossings, and replace aging waterlines.
“This project brings us full circle back to the vision created in the early 2000s, said Sean Farrelly, Redevelopment Project Manager. “The City Center TIF District Plan recognizes the value of natural resources as amenities and as contributing to the special sense of place in Downtown Tigard. Once complete, Main Street will provide a pleasant and accessible way to experience all that Downtown Tigard has to offer.”
Main Street and downtown businesses will remain open during construction. Traffic patterns and parking may be impacted: look for “open for business” signs to direct customers to parking and business entrances. Despite the interruption to daily activity downtown, the improvements will be worth it. “I’m excited for this end of Main Street to have a freshening up. I like how Phase I looks,” said Deborah Montoya, manager of Main Street Stamp & Stationary.
Construction is expected to begin in early February and last approximately twelve months. Sign up for project updates at www.tigard-or.gov/MSGS to get the most up to date information on construction impacts.