The following objectives were established through the South Cooper Mountain Concept Plan (SCMCP) to address the identified transportation issues:
Disperse and balance regional traffic
- improving 175th at high priority locations such as the "kink" and the Kemmer/175th Avenue intersection;
- connecting 175th Avenue to 185th Avenue via Kemmer Road and a new road east of 190th;
- realigning the three 90-degree corners of Tile Flat and Grabhorn Roads;
- improving Scholls Ferry Road to 5 lanes west of 175th to Tile Flat Road; and
- connecting Tile Flat Road to Roy Rogers Road (long term). These elements are illustrated within the South Cooper Mountain Transportation Framework map.
Provide a well-connected street network
The SCMCP's Transportation Framework set the stage for a connected, walkable local street system that provides transportation choices by incorporating active transportation elements. The SCMCP did not specify any new "point A to point B" collector streets and neighborhood routes in
Provide a functional pedestrian bicycle network
- ensure all streets are "complete" by providing for pedestrians and bicycles as well as vehicles;
- plan for multi-use paths that parallel one side of perimeter arterials that frame the area; and
- complete the Cooper Mountain Regional Trail that provides access to and through resource areas and to Cooper Mountain Nature Park.
The SCMCP anticipates longer-term, limited-stop commuter-oriented transit service from Sherwood to
Key elements of the transportation framework are summarized below.
A new connection from
Based on need identified in the SCMCP, the 2014 Washington County Transportation System Plan update redesignated Tile Flat and Grabhorn Roads adjacent to the planning area from Collectors to Arterials. The redesignations result in a consistent functional classification from
Weir Road is shown extending westward to
Bicycle & Pedestrian Framework
Provision of a diverse and connected bicycle and pedestrian network is one of the great opportunities for
While the ultimate trail widths and designs will be determined in the future, the following trail description was recommended by the SCMCP for planning purposes:
Regional trails provide connections between communities and to regionally significant features and destinations. These are assumed to be paved paths that accommodate both pedestrians (including those with disabilities) and bicyclists. They may follow roads, separated from the roadway by a landscaped area, or be located in their own separate right-of-way. Trail width may range from 10 to 14 feet, depending on context and surrounding constraints (with 2 foot gravel shoulders wherever feasible). These elements are illustrated within the South Cooper Mountain Concept and Community Plans Bicycle and Pedestrian Framework Plan map.