Errol Heights LID Petitions Due May 30

Reminder about the Errol Heights Street Improvement Project

Petitions of support were mailed to all property owners within the LID boundary in April (see map below). Don’t forget to send yours in if you support the project to improve streets and stormwater infrastructure in Errol Heights. We will be posting results of the petition process in early June.

Need a new petition, or have questions about the project? Please email, call, or find us online:

errolheights@portlandoregon.gov

 Elizabeth Mahon, Project Manager: 503.823.0396

portlandoregon.gov/transportation/errolh

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Note: Map is ONLY to show which properties are included in LID. It does not show future alignment of SE Tenino CT or other street reconfigurations.

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Paving Project on SE 50th Avenue

PBOT News Release:

SE 50th Avenue Paving Project kicks off 2018 Fixing Our Streets construction season.  PBOT to invest a total of $105 million in capital projects, street repair and safety between now and September 2018.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation broke ground today on the SE 50th Avenue Paving Project, the first Fixing Our Streetsproject of the 2018 construction season. The first of 19 projects breaking ground between March and August, the $1.1 million project will pave the street from SE Hawthorne to SE Division and update street corners with ADA ramps to prevent further pavement deterioration and improve overall street accessibility. Work on SE 50th Avenue will require intermittent lane and sidewalk closures as workers begin curb ramp construction on the 26 street corners slated for ADA curb ramp upgrades through late May, before requiring additional lane closures and detours for paving work in June. The project will be completed in late June.

The 19 projects going to construction this spring and summer range from a $200,000 Neighborhood Greenway on SW/NW 20th to a $3.5 million paving project on SW Vermont Street from SW Oleson Road to SW Capitol Highway. In total, approximately $20 million in Fixing Our Streets projects will begin construction in the next six months.

Construction will impact neighborhoods across the city, with projects taking place in all five quadrants of the city. Among them:

East Portland:

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SE Portland:

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In addition, PBOT’s maintenance bureau workers continue their ongoing, Fixing Our Streets funded work of guard rail replacement and base repair street replacement. Fixing Our Streets projects make up approximately 20 percent of the investments in Portland’s transportation infrastructure this construction season, with a total of approximately $105 million being invested in capital projects, street repair and safety between now and September 2018.

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first street repair and traffic safety program financed with local funding. 56 percent of Fixing Our Streets funding is invested in street maintenance and 44 percent is invested in safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com.

About the Fixing Our Streets Program

The Fixing Our Streets program is the result of the passage of Measure 26-173, a 10-cent tax on motor vehicle fuels and Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to street repair and traffic safety projects. Passed on May 17, 2016, Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years. PBOT will invest this money in a wide variety of street improvement and safety projects across the entire city. Fixing Our Streets will help PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It will support our work to make it safer for children to walk to school. It will allow us to build more sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes. The Portland City Council also unanimously passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, for vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds, which will also fund the Fixing Our Streets program.

Errol Heights Online Survey – 3 Days Left!

From PBOT:

Do you support a shared street design or a sidewalk on one side of the street?

The biggest design question that we are currently working through is whether to advance the design with a shared-street concept or to include a sidewalk on one side. This design applies to 48th, 49th, 51st, Tenino Drive, and Nehalem. The rest of the streets in the project area require sidewalks. Several people used our yellow and red dot map at the open house to indicate their preference, and we’d like to hear from everyone else.

To help inform the decision, we have put together an info sheet about both designs available for download here.

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out our brief survey by January 5, 2018.
Take the survey >>

This feedback will directly influence the final design for SE 48th, 49th, 51st, Tenino Drive, and Nehalem St.

Next steps

  • Property owners fill out online survey stating preference for a shared street or sidewalk on one side design by January 5th, 2018
  • PBOT analyzes feedback and makes final design decision by the end of January 2018
  • LID meetings scheduled for February and March – more information forthcoming

Contact us via email with questions in the meantime.

Street and Stormwater Improvements in Errol Heights

This is a brief update residents on the advocacy work that BDNA has been doing with the City around the proposed street and storm water improvements in the Errol Heights portion of our neighborhood. For folks who don’t know, this area is almost entirely unpaved and suffers from flooding due to “streets that turn into creeks” when it rains.

After leading a walking tour of the area with Commissioner Fish in April 2015, we learned that the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) allocated funding to conducting an engineering analysis to inform options about how storm water might be managed in the neighborhood. Commissioner Fish, who oversees BES, also informed residents and BDNA that he was committed to working with Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick, who oversees transportation, on finding ways to make storm water and street improvements in Errol Heights more affordable than they might typically cost. Recently, we were pleased to learn that the Errol Heights project has been prioritized for funding by the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Street by Street Program, which the Mayor and City Council have allocated $1M/year for to help pave unimproved roads throughout Portland. These funds would not cover all of the costs for a project in Errol Heights, but they could help to significantly reduce costs for homeowners. Additionally, BES had $1M funding for a storm water project downstream in Johnson Creek, but is now planning to use those resources to literally “go upstream” and look at how they can solve the problems at their source-in Errol Heights.

While storm water engineering designs are still underway, BDNA met with PBOT on Sept. 23, 2015 and received this update. Right now, storm water designs should be completed in early November, and at that point PBOT will then start to draw up preliminary designs for streets. After this, PBOT and BES will have a more firm understanding of the project’s expected costs. When those designs are finished in early 2016, PBOT and BES plan to host meetings with residents to explore the designs, and talk about real costs to homeowners, financing options, and city subsidies for the first time. They will also talk about resources that other City bureaus, like Parks and Recreation, will contribute to the project. At some point in the spring, neighbors in the area would have to determine whether or not they support the project. If it moves forward, final designs would probably take place throughout ’16 and construction would likely occur during the summer of ’17. If it doesn’t move forward, we assume the PBOT’s Street by Street funding would likely go to the many other projects waiting for funding around the City, and BES funding would go back down to a project in Johnson Creek.

While we wait for designs, BDNA is actively advocating with the City to find ways to make this project more affordable for homeowners. We are very pleased to learn that this project will be supported through the Street by Streets program, and that BES is also reallocating resources to this project to more effectively manage storm water problems at their source. We will be working hard to see if we can bring costs down further, and want to thank Mayor Hales, Commissioners Fish and Novick, and staff at BES and PBOT for working across bureaus to try and come up with creative solutions to these persistent problems. To residents in the area, good luck navigating the streets that turn into creeks this winter, and don’t forget to send photos of flooding to your elected officials!

– Jacob Sherman
BDNA Board Member