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SE 136th Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity

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The aim of the SE 136th Paving project is to improve neighbors’ connections to community amenities in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood and surrounding areas.

This project is funded through the voter-approved Fixing Our Streets program.  This 4 million dollars of investment represents the single largest paving project in the Fixing Our Streets program and the project will repave 136th between Division and Foster.   TSDC funding will be used to leverage this paving project to install bike lanes.  TSDCs are an abbreviation for "Transportation System Development Charges," these are fees that the City collects from developers to offset the cost of new construction and to improve the City's transportation system.

Destinations in this area that will notice improved multimodal access as a result of this project include: Powell butte nature park, Gilbert Hydro Park, Gilbert Primary Park, Leach Botanical Garden, Zenger Farm, Lincoln City Park, Lincoln Park Elementary School, Gilbert Heights City Park, Kingsley D. Bundy Park, and Gilbert Heights Elementary School. 

Further, because 136th is served by TriMet routes 17 & 10, improvements and crossings will help residents more safety access transit.

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Previous Events:

Office Hours: Jan 24, 2019  1-4 pm  Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave) 

 

Open House: Feb 6, 2019  6-8 pm Gilbert Heights Elementary School (12839 SE Holgate Blvd)

Project staff will share 30% design plans, visuals, and information about this project.  There will be opportunities to comment and provide feedback on this project.

 

Resident & Property owner survey

We are interested in hearing more about how your property interacts with SE 136th.  We have designed a survey to capture some of these details and we invite you to participate.  Survey link.

Timeline:

Community Involvement Process: Oct 2018-July 2019

Design: Fall 2018-Fall 2019

Construction: Fall 2020

 

SE 136th Project by the numbers:

  • 1.8 miles of street repaving to provide smoother travel for residents
  • 1.8 mi of continuous sidewalk on the west side of the street to support Safe Routes to School
  • 3.6 mi of new protected bike lanes (1.8mi in each direction) in line with city’s bike master plan
  • 48 new or upgraded ADA curb ramps to ensure people walking and rolling have convenient access to sidewalks.
  • 52 new street trees which will provide shade and provide a buffer for people walking
  • 6 new bioswales to channel, treat, and contain stormwater runoff
  • 1 rebuilt traffic signal at the intersection of SE Division St. and SE 136th Ave. to improve safety and traffic operations.
  • 1.8 mi of upgraded streetlighting to meet city’s most recent lighting standards and improve safety.
  • 4 TriMet bus lines expected to benefit from access to transit improvements (2, 9, 10, 17).

 

Questions:

For questions about this project, please feel free to contact Timur Ender at Timur.Ender@PortlandOregon.gov

 

December 2019 Project Update:

I wanted to take a minute to provide an update on where things stand with the SE 136th Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity Project.  This is the largest paving project on the 2016 voter approved Fixing Our Streets (FOS) program.  As part of this paving project we were able to leverage additional system development charge (SDC) funding to do a complete street project.  SDCs are fees that developers pay to offset the impact of new trips created by development.  Legally, SDCs may only be spent on sidewalks, bike lanes, and other improvements that increase the capacity of the street, not on paving.  Similarly, the voter approved FOS program can only be used on paving.  By leveraging both funding sources, PBOT can deliver sidewalks, bike lanes, and repaving all in the same construction contract thereby increasing efficiency and minimizing impact to neighbors.

Construction Expected to Begin Summer 2020

Speaking of impact, given that there are multiple elements of this project, we do anticipate a noticeable impact to the community during construction.  Crews may need to close one lane at times and control traffic through flagging in order to install sidewalks or repave the street.  City policy does require contractors to install pedestrian channelization when existing sidewalks are closed to maintain the safety and comfort for people walking during construction projects. We will do our best to limit disruption by prescribing appropriate work hours for the contractor.  Currently, we anticipate the construction window to be between May-December 2020.  Again, I want to highlight for us to deliver these community desired improvements, there will be a noticeable construction impact. We anticipate providing additional details for community members regarding the construction schedule and what to expect in the spring.

Thanks to our Partners

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) who is providing funding to this project to address historic stormwater deficiencies in the area. BES is funding the stormwater facilities for the project which will allow PBOT to deliver the stormwater improvements at the same time as the paving and transportation-related improvements.

PBOT would also like to acknowledge Portland Parks & Recreation for donating right of way to PBOT. In early 2018, property owners along SE 136th Ave. were given the opportunity to donate right of way to PBOT in exchange for a wider, tree-lined sidewalk.  Portland Parks & Recreation, which has a facility on the west side of SE 136th near the Springwater corridor, agreed to provide land to PBOT in exchange for residents having a wider sidewalk in front of their facility.

Timeline

In reference to the project timeline, we have good news to share!  We are at final design and the plans are currently being routed internally for final approval and signatures.  We anticipate going out to bid in January 2020.  Given that the bid and procurement process for a large project such as this one can take 4 months, we anticipate beginning construction in summer 2020.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.