82nd Avenue Construction Updates

From Oregon Department of Transportation

Signal upgrades at Foster, Woodstock, and Flavel

Project description: This project will install upgraded traffic signals and install sidewalk curb ramps that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards at the intersections of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Foster Road, SE Woodstock Boulevard and SE Flavel Street.

Schedule: Construction is scheduled to begin in late April and will continue through the fall at each intersection.

Traffic impacts:

  • The majority of the work will be performed Monday-Friday, 6 a.m to 3 p.m. Some night work may be necessary.
  • Expect single lane closures at these intersections over the entire construction period.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist access will be available and identified at each intersection, including access for people with disabilities.
  • Some TriMet bus stops may be temporarily closed or moved during this period. For updated service alerts, go to trimet.org/alerts.

For more information: tinyurl.com/82ndAveSignals

SE Lindy Street to SE King Road

Project description: This project will pave SE 82nd Avenue from SE Lindy Street to SE King Road and install new sidewalk curb ramps.

Schedule: Construction began in April and will continue through the fall. This spring, sidewalk and curb ramp work will take place. This summer, paving will take place.

Traffic impacts: Currently, travelers should expect daytime lane closures from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays on SE 82nd Avenue and pedestrian and cyclist detours.

  • Pedestrian detours. Safe and accessible detour paths will guide pedestrians around sidewalk construction areas.
  • Temporary bus stop locations. TriMet bus stops may be temporarily relocated in construction areas. Plan your trip at trimet.org/alerts.
  • Lane closures on 82nd Avenue. There will be single-lane closures and traffic shifts during day time and night time hours:
  • Daytime sidewalk and curb work with lane closures on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nighttime paving on weekdays from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Weekend work as needed from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m.

For more information: lmsc.82ndaveprojects.com

Sidewalk Improvements

Project description: This project will remove old driveways and replace them with regular sidewalks at 17 locations along 82nd Avenue (near SE Main Street, SE Woodstock Boulevard, SE Harney Street and SE Clatsop Street). This means fewer tripping hazards, as well as less confusion for drivers about which driveway to use.

Schedule: Construction is scheduled to begin in late April and will continue through the summer.

Traffic impacts: 

  • Expect single lane closures at the driveway locations. Most lane closures will take place during the day. It will take about 1 week  to reconstruct each driveway as sidewalk.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist access will be available and identified at each intersection, including access for people with disabilities.
  • Some TriMet bus stops may be temporarily closed or moved during this period. For updated service alerts, go to trimet.org/alerts.
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Errol Heights Update and Next Steps

From Portland Bureau of Transportation:

Thank you to everyone who completed the recent online survey regarding street design for the Errol Heights Street Improvement Project. Survey respondents strongly preferred the less expensive shared-street design (votes came in 3 to 1 for this treatment).

The shared street design applies to 48th, 49th, 51st, Tenino Drive, and Nehalem Street, while SE Tenino Court and SE Malden Drive both require sidewalk on one side (see map below for properties included in the LID).

With your feedback, we were able to go in to more detail on the design and have completed a cost estimate for the project.

It is now time for LID participants to submit petitions for the project.

In the next month, please expect an information and petition packet that will include:

  • A petition for each property
  • Cost estimate details
  • Individual property assessments (costs for each property)
  • Renderings of the project design
  • An LID boundary map
  • A pre-paid envelope to mail your petition back to PBOT by April 30, 2018

LID Info sessions – 1st week of April:

The mailer will also include details of upcoming meetings where Errol Heights neighbors can come speak with PBOT staff about the LID process and ask questions about their individual LID assessments. The location and times are TBD but will be near the neighborhood, with morning, daytime, and evening sessions. These dates will also be posted on the project website.

For any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with us and keep an eye on the project website for the most up-to-date information.

Project contact info: Elizabeth Mahon

503.823.0396

portlandoregon.gov/transportation/errolh

PBOT Announces Community Grant Projects

From Portland Bureau of Transportation:

PBOT announces $100,000 in community projects to fund safety, placemaking, innovation and equity

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is proud to announce the eleven projects that have been selected for the Portland in the Streets Community Grant Program. The program was established to support community-driven projects focused on transportation safety, equity, innovation and placemaking. Portlanders were especially encouraged to submit proposals for transportation safety projects in support of Vision Zero, creative community infrastructure projects, events in city streets, urban trail projects and initiatives that support innovative community engagement.

Sixty-three applications were submitted by Portland community and neighborhood groups requesting a total of $736,954. A total of $100,000 was available.

“As these projects clearly show, our communities are overflowing with creative ideas about how to improve their neighborhoods. We are very excited to be partnering on these projects, and we are already learning so much from the thoughtful and innovative ideas that Portlanders brought forward,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “I am gratified that we are able to help these communities realize their visions for safer and more attractive streets.”

Eleven grants were awarded to the following projects:

Bridlemile Walkway $3,368

This project will transform a walkway in the Bridlemile neighborhood of SW Portland. The walkway is used by neighbors to access area schools, bus stops and grocery stores and is a part of the SW Trails network.

“Dia de las Niñas y los Niños” Parade and Celebration $3,625

This community event is hosted annually by the Rigler Elementary School PTA to celebrate the Latin American holiday. This year’s event will include a Safe Routes to School theme and promote active transportation options for students and families in the Cully neighborhood.

Heritage Tree Trail $1,200

The University of Portland Neighborhood Association will use this project to promote the use of urban trails and neighborhood greenways, while also increasing awareness of the heritage trees network in their North Portland community.

Lents Green Ring Wayfinding Project $16,000

Green Lents and NAYA Generations, along with other community partners, will utilize these resources to engage community members on the development of a “Green Ring” in Southeast Portland. The “Green Ring” will promote active transportation, incorporate placemaking infrastructure and address safety concerns that have been a barrier to pedestrians and cyclists.

Living Cully Community Wayfinding Project $16,000

This project, led by Verde and Living Cully community partners, will complete a bilingual wayfinding system that will encourage pedestrian and bicycle access to six green spaces in the Cully community, including Thomas Cully Park scheduled to open in 2018.

NE 85th Street Community Greenspace and Intersection Repair $3,675

Neighbors in the Beech Milton community (near Madison High School) will utilize these funds to address pedestrian safety concerns and revive two intersection paintings, with a special focus on engaging diverse community members and local schools.

Painted Curb in Sullivan’s Gulch $8,550

This project seeks to address pedestrian safety concerns at the intersection of NE 21st Avenue and NE Clackamas Street. The rapidly growing Sullivan’s Gulch community has identified this as a problematic area for pedestrians seeking to access neighborhood grocery stores and transit.

Rosewood Center Parklet $9,785

The Rosewood Initiative will utilize these resources to facilitate the development of community identity markers and wayfinding signage that promotes the use of neighborhood greenways, highlights community spaces, and directs pedestrians to transit stops in Outer East Portland.

Safety Corridor for Deaf Children $16,000

Tucker Maxon School for the deaf will utilize these resources to address safety concerns near their school at SE Holgate and SE 28th. Their project vision includes speed bumps, maintenance of a gravel road and artistic placemaking.

ULPDX Williams Ave & Russell St Project $16,000

Led by the Urban League of Portland, and in partnership with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative, this project will facilitate community beautification with the implementation of creative placemaking that celebrates the rich history of this intersection and community.

Urban Trails Maintenance and Construction in Southwest $5,500

SW Trails PDX will utilize these funds to improve community connectivity with an urban trail maintenance project of steps on SW Trail #1 from SW Twombly Ave to SW Melville Ave.

The Portland in the Streets Community Grant applications were due August 31, 2017. During the application period, eighty-two community members attended three informational workshops that provided more information and made staff available for technical questions. With the support of consults from Design + Culture Lab, there was also an intentional effort to solicit ideas from communities that have historically been underserved by City services and programming. Applications were scored for (1) project feasibility; (2) community partnerships and equity; (3) transportation and safety benefit; and (4) livability and community placemaking.

The selected projects will be supported by teams of PBOT staff across the bureau who will provide technical assistance informed by the priorities of the Livable Streets Strategy and Vision Zero, as well as other areas of PBOT work. PBOT will seek City Council authorization to continue the Portland in the Streets Community Grant Program in future years. The timeline for year two of the program has not yet been determined.

Project progress can be tracked on PBOT’s website and Facebook page.

Oregon Transportation Commission Recruits for New Advisory Committee

From Office of Neighborhood Involvement:

Oregon Transportation Commission invites Oregonians to apply for newly formed advisory committee

New committee is part of transportation funding package, HB 2017

SALEM – The Oregon Transportation Commission is seeking Oregonians interested in volunteering for the new Continuous Improvement Advisory Committee. This important committee was created by the Oregon Legislature in the recent transportation funding bill, HB 2017. The committee will advise the commission on how to improve the Oregon Department of Transportation by recommending ways to make the agency more efficient, recommending measures to gauge the agency’s performance, and addressing audits.

“The Continuous Improvement Advisory Committee will be a valuable resource to the Oregon Transportation Commission in helping ODOT become more efficient and ensuring the agency is performing well,” said Commission Chair Tammy Baney, who will chair the committee. “The committee’s work will ensure that recent transportation investments made by the legislature and Oregon’s taxpayers are spent effectively.”

Information on the committee is available on ODOT’s website (http://www.oregon.gov/odot/get-involved/Pages/continuous-improvement-committee.aspx.) The website includes:

Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 19. ODOT staff is available to answer questions and can be reached at CIACadmin@odot.state.or.us.

For more information: Shelley M. Snow, shelley.m.snow@odot.state.or.us, 503-881-5362

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