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Division Streetscape Project Overview

green street plantingStreet, Stormwater and Sewer Improvements

Work started in May 2013 on the Division Streetscape Project, a partnership between The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Environmental Services worked together on the Division Streetscape Project. Construction began in May 2013 and ended in October 2014. The project including sewer and stormwater improvements, and an update of the streetscape design on SE Division Street from SE 11th Avenue to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

SE 31st and Division green streetStreetscape Improvements

  • Curb extensions for bus landing
  • New crosswalks and streetlights
  • Improved signalization
  • Public art

The work included repaving Division from SE 10th to Cesar Chavez.

Stormwater and Sewer Improvements

  • Constructed 55 green street facilities to manage stormwater runoff
  • Planted 124 street trees
  • Replacing over 4,900 feet of sewer pipe in poor condition
  • Replaced 32 sewer manholes

SE 30th Avenue green streetProject Benefits

The Division Streetscape Project improved a deficient transportation corridor, made the sewer system more reliable, added green infrastructure to make sewers work more efficiently and improves watershed health. In addition to those benefits, the project:

  • Manages stormwater runoff from streets
  • Replaced aging sewer lines and sewer maintenance access structures to relieve sewer backups and increase sewer system reliability
  • Increased safety, access, and visibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users
  • Improved traffic operations through the corridor and provide on-street parking
  • Helped stimulate the local economy
  • Increased neighborhood attractiveness

The project gives the community an attractive main street with increased access to transit, improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and improved air and water quality.

Project Background

Neighborhood groups and the business community formed the Division Vision Group in 2001 and spent several years working to develop a vision of Division as a main street that could better serve the residential, and business communities.

Between 2003 and 2005, the City of Portland and community members used the findings of the Division Vision Group to develop the Division Green Street/Main Street Plan. The plan focuses on improving the livability of Division Street between SE 11th and SE 60th avenues over the next 20 years.

Working with a technical advisory group and a community advisory group, the city started designing the Division Streetscape Project in 2009. With input from the public and advisory groups, the city completed design in 2012.

This project was funded in part by $2.5 million in federal transportation funds and $3.3 in local transportation funds.

More project background is available on the Bureau of Transportation website.

Tabor to the River Program

The Division Streetscape Project was part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt.Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards.