ACTION ALERT! Contact Governor Brown TODAY to support Capitol Hwy

We urge our members to write to Governor Brown TODAY to save the Capitol Hwy Project from a line-item veto.

We support this funding for sidewalk improvements on one of the most dangerous sections of Capitol Hwy (the intersection of Barbur Blvd and I5). This funding is the final piece needed for sidewalk completion and safety improvements on Capitol Hwy, a project that has been in the works for decades.  In fact, it has been a priority for neighbors since the year Oregon Walks was founded: 1991.

With many earmarked projects upheld in the transportation package that lack safety benefits for vulnerable road users or longstanding community support, we are confused and disheartened by Governor Brown's decision to veto this project in the final hour - after bipartisan support in legislature.

Please write to Governor Brown today to show your support for the dedication of $2 million toward sidewalk improvements on Capitol Highway!

Read our full statement below:

Dear Governor Brown,

Oregon Walks respectfully requests that you reconsider your intention of a line-item veto for SW Capitol Highway funding.

We strongly support this funding for sidewalk improvements on one of the most dangerous sections of Capitol Hwy (the crossings of Barbur Blvd and I5). This funding is the final piece needed for sidewalk completion and safety improvements on Capitol Hwy, a project that has been in the works for decades. In fact, it has been a priority for neighbors since the year Oregon Walks was founded: 1991. The City of Portland has invested over $10 million into this project, and this final section of Capitol Hwy is where it intersects with two state facilities.

This project was passed with bipartisan support in the legislature. This project has been supported by community groups and has been studied and planned by experts for decades. This project will have safety benefits for our most vulnerable roadway users – and will support safety improvements across one of our most dangerous high crash corridors in the Portland Metro Region. This project serves as a connection to Portland Community College, many affordable housing units, and transit services.

We urge you to reconsider the line-item veto of this project, and allow this funding to move forward for a safer Capitol Hwy.

On behalf of Oregon Walks,                                       

 

Noel Mickelberry

Executive Director