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Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) Projects

LQC Project Updates
Tigard’s Lighter, Quicker Cheaper (LQC) projects are inexpensive and impactful actions that improve walkability, connectivity and health in Tigard. Since 2014, the City has completed ten LQC projects ranging from the Dartmouth Overlook to the Oak Way Trail. 

 Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Projects

Lincoln Street Trail Project (Metzger
Elementary):  
This trail project completes a key connection for students and parents walking to Metzger Elementary. The trail now connects Oak St. to Lincoln St. near the southwest corner of Metzger Elementary incorporating 300 foot soft trail (bark chipped) that is 5-6 feet wide; vegetation clearance of 10 feet on each side of the trail to improve sight lines and provides an element of safety to trail users.
 
Lincoln St Trail site before
Lincoln Street Trail - BEFORE
Lincoln Street Trail site--after
Lincoln Street Trail - AFTER

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Scheckla Trail:
Tigard staff, family and friends planted native wildflowers around the Scheckla Trail.  Planting native wildflowers is good for the water and wildlife.
Scheckla trail LQC

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Commercial Park Path Improvements:  Pave an existing bike/pedestrian connection from Center Street to Commercial Street through Commercial Park. Project includes, minor re-grading, paving of unpaved path sections (approximately 250 feet), removal and replacement of vehicle control bollards, bike/ped signage, and invasive vegetation control. The project improves the safety and visibility of bike/ped access to and through Commercial Park, and to downtown and the transit center.  
Commerical Street Trail before
Commercial Park Path Improvement - BEFORE

Commercial Street Trail After
Commercial Park Path Improvement - AFTER

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Tigard Street Trail: The eight-foot-wide trail is a new biking and pedestrian corridor with access to the city's downtown core. The asphalt path, laid on Aug. 19, 2015, runs along the abandoned railroad right-of-way adjacent to Tigard Street, from Tiedeman Avenue to Main Street. As future funding is secured, the city plans to develop a linear park, with plantings, benches, exercise equipment, historical interpretive signage and other improvements.

Tigard St Trail - before
Tigard Street Trail - BEFORE


Tigard St Trail- After
Tigard Street Trail - AFTER

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Dartmouth Overlook in the Tigard Triangle:  The Dartmouth Overlook captures the view over the Tigard Triangle and west to the Chehalem Mountains. A short paved path leads to four seating stones where visitors take in the view. This project integrates an unused open space for people who spend their work day in the Tigard Triangle.
Dartmouth Overlook view
Dartmouth Overlook - AFTER

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Haines/Atlanta Street between 68th Ave and the I-5 Bridge:
  A new section of sidewalk has been poured to fill the gap between 68th Ave and the I-5 bridge.
68th Parkway - After
68th Parkway Sidewalk Improvement - AFTER

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Spruce Street and 78th Avenue:
  Working with the developer, staff filled the sidewalk gap that would have developed between the Spruce Street and 78th Avenue.
Spruce Street - After
Spruce and 78th Pedestrian Improvements - AFTER


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Oak Way: Staff improved access between SW 87th Avenue and SW 90th Avenue to promote the Safe Routes to School initiative near Metzger Elementary. Staff developed a new 150-foot trail with landscaping, a pedestrian crossing on SW 90th Avenue and signage. 
Oak before
Oak Way Access - BEFORE

Oak After
Oak Way Access - AFTER


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North Dakota Sidewalk: Staff built a sidewalk on the street between 106th Avenue and 109th Avenue.
North Dakota - Before
North Dakota Sidewalk - BEFORE


North Dakota After
North Dakota Sidewalk Improvement - AFTER

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135th Avenue Sidewalk: Crews completed the missing section of sidewalk on SW 135th Avenue between Walnut Street and Laureen Lane, making pedestrian travel safer and easier. The sidewalk was poured in July 2014. 

135th - After
135th Avenue Sidewalk Gap Completion - AFTER

We Are Looking for Suggestions
Funding for LQC projects is included in the current fiscal year’s budget. Want to submit an LQC project idea? Email Kent Wyatt – kentw@tigard-or.gov.

Staff Contact

Kent Wyatt
City Management
503-718-2809 | Email
Tigard is making walking connections to help to engage people of all ages and abilities, and foster healthy and interconnected lives.
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