In October 2012, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) received a request from a Parkrose School District representative asking if we could help some of their students access a key community asset – the Russelville Grange at 121st and NE Prescott.
Many students were using TriMet to get to the community center, however people using mobility devices were unable to cross from the bus stop because of the square curb. That meant asking for a ride from a family member or not going to the Russelville Grange at all.
The curb ramp was installed as part of PBOT’s work in the 122nd Ave corridor. Over the last two months, the Maintenance Operations group has been installing curb ramps along 122nd and in the vicinity.
PBOT’s curb ramp request program is the best way for the community to let us know where we need to focus resources. The curb ramp request program’s first priority is to increase access for people using mobility devices. If you know of a place that needs a curb ramp to assist someone using an assistive or mobility device, please contact Clay Veka at (503) 823-4998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more background information about PBOT’s curb ramp construction work, please take a look at this past article.