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Division Streetscape Project

Street, Stormwater and Sewer Improvements

Work started in May 2013 and was completed in fall 2015 on the Division Streetscape Project, a partnership between the Portland bureaus of Transportation and Environmental Services.  You can find more information at

The project updated the streetscape design on SE Division Street from SE 11th Avenue to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard. Streetscape improvements  include:

  • Building curb extensions for bus landing
  • Adding new crosswalks and streetlights
  • Improving signalization
  • Installing public art

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

Stormwater and sewer improvements include:

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

Project Benefits

The Division Streetscape Project:

  • Manage stormwater runoff from streets and improve watershed health
  • Replace aging sewer lines and manholes to relieve sewer backups and increase sewer system reliability
  • Increase safety, access, and visibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users
  • Improve traffic operations through the corridor and provide on-street parking
  • Help stimulate the local economy
  • Increase neighborhood attractiveness

Project Overview

The Division Streetscape Project has multiple benefits. It will improve a deficient transportation corridor, make the sewer system more reliable and add green infrastructure to make sewers work more efficiently and improve watershed health.

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Combining sewer improvements with green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure increases sewer system efficiency and protects water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of sewers, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds.

The completed project will give 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 is funded in part by $2.5 million in federal transportation funds and $3.3 in local transportation funds.