1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204
Project scope – preliminary, will be refined
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What's happening now?
[Website last updated 3/25/2020]
Engineering team working on 60% design plans (three-dimensional layout of project area). This will take the project from a concept level to a horizontal and vertical layout showing actual dimensions of curb extensions, bus stop extensions, traffic signal modifications, stormwater planters, etc.
Contact us with questions and feedback:
Project Manager: David Backes | David.Backes@portlandoregon.gov | 503.823.5811
Past meetings and events
May 23, 2019, Design Concept Open House
February 20, 2019: St. Johns Business Boosters presentation and discussion
January 14, 2019: St. Johns Neighborhood Association meeting -- project overview and early design concept
January 15, 2019: James John PTA meeting -- project overview and early design concept; discussion with PTA about students' walking routes
Project background and overview
Lombard with visible streetcar tracks, photo taken in 1938
In 1903, a new streetcar line opened in St. Johns that traveled along Lombard. These rail lines are still buried under the road, which is causing some of the pavement failures seen on the street. In addition, paving over the rail lines throughout the years has caused the profile of Lombard to be unusually sloped – so much so that it is difficult to add curb ramps that meet ADA standards.
To truly make N Lombard through St. Johns comfortable, accessible, safe, and hardy, these rail lines need to be removed and the driving surface needs to be reconstructed.
Portland’s recently adopted Build Portland infrastructure investment program made this project possible, with $3 million in funding to reconstruct the roadway. PBOT added another $1 million in funding to further enhance the project by adding the curb extensions, crossings, and upgraded bus stops.
Project goals and how they’re being addressed
1. Create an accessible environment for people walking and using mobility devices
2. Create a welcoming multi-modal environment – help people get to Lombard Main Street easily, reliably, efficiently, and with minimal negative impacts
3. Help reduce Portland’s infrastructure funding gap
Project development: fall 2018 to spring 2019
Design: spring 2019 to fall 2020
Break ground target: spring 2021
$3 million for pavement reconstruction (from Build Portland)
$1 million for safe crossings, curb extensions, bus stops
Frequently asked questions (and answers) about the N Lombard Main Street Repair Project
PDF of presentation updated February 2019