Walmart has always been quick to point out that they are spending $5.1M on road improvements in the area around their store, known as the 'Tigard Triangle'. At first glance, some people would say that this is a good thing. We all know that traffic is bad on the east side of Tigard, and making some street improvements that would help alleviate traffic would be great.
What we know from the original traffic study, done 7 years ago, is that this Walmart store will be responsible for 9,000 additional cars in the Tigard Triangle area each day. Walmart is required to make most of the street improvements as a condition of their 2009 Development Committee approval. But a closer look at what these improvements are clearly shows that the widened lanes, new signals and other changes have nothing to do with alleviating traffic for most of us. The purpose of these changes is to deliver cars into Walmart's parking lot. Click on the image above (or here) to see an interactive map that helps to illustrate this fact.
With traffic being the number one issue for Tigard's liveability, the City should be looking for ways to reduce and relieve the traffic bottlenecks. These street improvements won't help the already severe traffic problem in this city, and with the opening of the Walmart superstore, the traffic is going to get much worse.
If you'd like to see a more detailed description of all the street improvements and modifications, Click Here