The proposed Fanno Creek Greenway Trail extends 15 miles from the City of Tualatin to the City of Portland, connecting the mouth of Fanno Creek at the Tualatin River in Tualatin to Portland’s Willamette Park adjacent to the Willamette River. The Trail consists of both on street and off-street sections, many of which have already been constructed. Approximately one-half of the Trail has been completed, including approximately 4.5 miles in the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD). The trail is predominantly off-street throughout the Park District’s boundaries and runs adjacent to Fanno Creek.
In January 2003 there existed 11 gaps in the Fanno Creek Greenway Trail, including the Hall Boulevard Crossing. The Hall Boulevard Crossing is one of the remaining gaps in the District. This intersection has been a matter of concern for a number of years for trail users, as well as drivers using Hall Boulevard. Currently, there is no direct way to cross Hall Boulevard from the trail. Trail users must go approximately 400’ out of their way to the west and cross at the signalized intersection of Greenway Drive and Hall Boulevard, and then head east approximately 400’ back to the trail.
Efforts began in 2000-01 on identifying potential options for a bicycle/pedestrian crossing on Hall Boulevard. Those options included:
- Crossing underneath the Hall Boulevard Bridge
- New bridge over Fanno Creek
- Pedestrian activated traffic signal
- Signal at Creekside
- Center refuge in the median area on Hall Boulevard
- Pedestrian bridge crossing over Hall Boulevard
- Do nothing
At that time the City of Beaverton decided to construct the bike lanes on Hall Boulevard. The construction of a center refuge in the median was also explored, along with signalizing Creekside and constructing a pedestrian crossing.
The design of the center refuge on Hall Boulevard was advanced and presented to the City of Beaverton Traffic Commission, who voted 4:3 to recommend approval of the island with conditions. The decision by the Traffic Commission was appealed to the City Council in April 2002. Five citizens spoke in support of the project, and three citizens spoke in opposition to the project. The Council voted unanimously to grant the appeal and overturn the Traffic Commission decision.
Because of continuing concerns about the Hall Boulevard Crossing, THPRD applied for and received a federal grant in 2006-07 (in cooperation with Metro and ODOT) with a Project start-up in 2010-11 to re-evaluate the crossing options.