Outer Powell Boulevard Safety Improvements Project
Wednesday, October 17, 2012: 5pm to 7pm
Ron Russell Middle School Library
3955 SE 112th
Portland, OR 97266
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is beginning a project to improve safety and replace worn out pavement on SE Powell Boulevard from SE 111th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue at the Gresham city limits.
Eight intersections along this section of Outer Powell Boulevard are among the top 10% of high-crash sites in the region. Heavy traffic and narrow road shoulders also contribute to difficult conditions for pedestrians throughout the corridor. The Outer Powell Boulevard Safety Improvements Project is focused on strategic safety improvements for this important neighborhood thoroughfare and state highway. It will include two new pedestrian crossings, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) upgrades to curb ramps, and high-visibility roadway striping.
The Project will also involve repaving the roadway and widening the road shoulders to provide a width of at least 8 feet. Plans will be developed this fall and winter and construction is expected to begin next summer. ODOT is seeking community input on key aspects of the Project design, including:
- Where to locate two new crosswalks with Rapid Flash Beacons
- How to modify and better delineate the road shoulder and roadway striping to reduce conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Suggestions and design feedback will be collected at a public meeting on October 17 and through the project website
ODOT is investing $5.5 million in Outer Powell Boulevard now so that users can benefit from immediate safety upgrades while the City of Portland, Metro, ODOT, and other stakeholders work towards funding future land use and transportation studies and improvements.
For more information, contact Shelli Romero, Oregon Department of Transportation, (503) 731-8231