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. Yet the road is classified as a “Neighborhood Collector.” 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. We believe this will reduce traffic volume, reduce vehicle speeds, and create gaps in traffic to allow safer local usage.
The City of Portland classifies Cornell Road as a Neighborhood Collector. Neighborhood Collectors are intended to serve as distributors of traffic from Major City Traffic Streets or District Collectors to Local Service Streets and to serve trips that both start and end within areas bounded by Major City Traffic Streets and District Collectors.” “Some Neighborhood Collectors may have a regional function, either alone or in concert with other nearby parallel collectors. All Neighborhood Collectors should be designed to operate as neighborhood streets rather than as regional arterials.” “They are not intended to be major ‘through routes’ from one side of the City to another.”
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