Beaverton ‘congestion a good problem’

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BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — It’s no secret traffic is congested in Beaverton, and city officials are trying to find ways to deal with it.

“Congestion is a good problem to have,” said Beaverton’s Community Development Director Cheryl Twete. “It means you have vitality and you have people and energy. But our challenge is to find ways to manage it and better ways to make the system more usable.”

The city of Beaverton has a new transportation division work group with an immediate focus on everything from Canyon Road to transit solutions.

“In the coming years we plan to be implementing new plans and strategies to make this a more livable, urban, and safer community,” she told KOIN 6 News.

One of the main areas they want to improve are crosswalks. They’re also looking at ways to cut down car traffic and add parking in heavily populated spots.

“We want to put a lot of emphasis on safe routes to transit safe routes to schools, and safe routes to our shopping areas,” Twete said. “In the future we’ll be working with property owners and businesses to look at new strategies and new ways of managing parking here in our centers and core areas.”

Public meetings will be held but have not yet been scheduled, she said.

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