The goals of the CRSC emphasize regulation, safety and sustainability.

IMPLEMENT NEIGHBORHOOD COLLECTOR FUNCTION | Cornell Road is being misused as a de-facto regional arterial between Miller Road and NW 25th Avenue, with high commuter traffic volumes and speeds. A Neighborhood Collector functional classification would mean a reorientation of lower Cornell Road towards local access between adjacent neighborhoods, rather than a focus on commuter traffic.  This should help reduce traffic volume, reduce vehicle speeds, and create gaps in traffic to allow safer local usage. Discuss this goal…

CONTROL TRAFFIC FLOW, REDUCE VEHICLE SPEEDS, MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY AND IMPROVE VEHICLE SAFETY | Take productive steps towards reducing overall traffic volume and reducing speeds so that residents can get in and out of their driveways safely, as well as use Cornell to access other parts of the City. Encourage multi-model use to maximize the efficiency and volume on Cornell. Discuss this goal…

ENHANCE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY | Cornell Road should be a safe place for all modes of transportation, especially for bicycles and pedestrians. Increased bicycle and pedestrian traffic should be parallel with the reduction and calming of vehicular traffic. The safety of children should be emphasized in any future improvements. Discuss this goal…

EMBRACE FOREST PARK AND THE WILDLIFE CORRIDOR | Establish lower Cornell Road as a parkway that embraces its role as providing access to Forest Park and the Balch Creek Watershed. Note the points where Cornell enters the park as a gateway to the park. People using this section of Cornell should be cognizant of being within the park and should be made aware of park amenities and it’s relationship to the natural habitat and wildlife. Discuss this goal…

PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE | Cornell Road’s proximity to Balch Creek and its traverse of Forest Park mean that it has profound impacts on some of Portland’s most sensitive and relatively pristine natural areas. Any future improvements to Cornell Road should emphasize enhancing environmental sustainability as a primary objective. Create storm water runoff improvements along Cornell in the park such that there is reduced impact to the watershed. Further, any future improvements should consider the quality of life of nearby residents and visitors to Forest Park. Discuss this goal…

CREATE A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT | Using objectives from the Portland Plan, establish Cornell Road and its improvements as a model for addressing similar concerns where roads have exceeded their designated and intended use. The basis of the project should be to show how these improvements ultimately encourage alternate modes of transportation. The city of Portland and TriMet have invested considerable funds in transit systems. If roads (like Cornell) continue to be used as a bypass to the major arterials, commuters will be encouraged to continue to commute in SOVs and not encouraged to use transit systems established to improve access to the cities portals. Discuss this goal…