The cities of Portland and South Portland are jointly conducting a study of the transportation, land use and economic development issues of the corridor that stretches from Morrill’s Corner in Portland to Bug Light Park/Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. This corridor was identified as a ‘high priority corridor’ in the recently adopted regional transportation plan, Destination 2040, by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, or PACTS. Both cities see common opportunities to address these issues in a unified manner that requires regional coordination. The corridor encompasses Forest Avenue and State and High Streets in Portland, the Casco Bay Bridge, and Broadway to SMCC/Bug Light Park in South Portland.
An initial project meeting was held in South Portland on April 12th. These next two meetings will be held to gather public input on specific portions of the corridor in Portland: south of Woodfords Corner to Deering Oaks Park on April 26th and Morrill’s Corner to north of Woodfords Corner on April 27th. The study will build upon other recently completed planning and design efforts within the corridor in both communities, including the Woodfords Corner project that will be completed in 2018.
With help from corridor residents and stakeholders, the project will develop a plan to make this a “Smart Corridor” with:
Robust travel choices - driving, transit, walking, biking - to accommodate more activity while managing traffic demand
Land use planning for developments that fit the vision of this corridor
Connections among the higher education institutions in the corridor, including improved transit options
Circulation improvements to get people through the difficult portions of the corridor more efficiently
Enhanced technology, including traffic signal upgrades, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) improvements, and real-time travel information for transit riders.
For more information about the project and the upcoming meetings, see the project website at www.mainesmartcorridor.com.
For the meeting covering the project area from south of Woodfords Corner to Deering Oaks Park:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
University of Southern Maine, Abromson Community Education Center, Room 109/110, 88 Bedford Street, Portland
Pre-Meeting Site Walk: 5:00 – 6:00 PM – meet in front of the Glickman Family Library, Forest Avenue.
For the meeting covering Morrill’s Corner to north of Woodfords Corner:
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
University of New England, WCHP Lecture Hall, #8 Parker Pavilion, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland
Pre-Meeting Site Walk: 5:00 – 6:00 PM – meet on the sidewalk at the Wok Inn in Morrill’s Corner, 1209 Forest Avenue (the group will walk from there to the 6:00 PM meeting site via Forest Avenue).
In case of inclement weather, please check the project website for updates on the site walks preceding the public meetings.
Information about the Woodfords Corner project underway is available here:
For more information contact:
Bruce Hyman, Transportation Program Manager, City of Portland