Updated: November 28th, 2017
The Portland bureaus of Environmental Services and Transportation have completed design of the Residential Street and Stormwater Improvement Project for SW 19th Avenue between SW Taylors Ferry Road and SW Marigold Street. This project will pave a dirt and gravel street, enhance an important pedestrian route, and improve water quality in Tryon Creek.
Our contractor is finishing construction and is in the process of final grading work and adding topsoil and seed to disturbed areas. The majority of street construction work is complete, but paving is weather dependent and will not occur until conditions are appropriate for paving. The contractor recently completed the rain garden and it will be planted this winter by Environmental Services watershed revegetation crews.
Please note that SW 19th will remain closed until paving occurs.
SW 19th Avenue is an unimproved street covered with a mix of gravel, dirt and pavement. It is also an important pedestrian route, a designated Safe Route to School for Capitol Hill Elementary, and part of the regional Metro Hillsdale to Lake Oswego Trail and SW Urban Trail #6.
Using new street standards for improving dirt and gravel streets, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will pave SW 19th Avenue from SW Marigold Street to south of SW Orchid Street.
Residential streets with lower traffic volumes can occupy a smaller portion of the public right-of-way and have a smaller footprint, less impervious surface and fewer impacts to streams and other natural features.
The southern portion of SW 19th near Taylors Ferry will remain closed. This portion of SW 19th Avenue was closed permanently to through traffic in 2002 because of safety concerns.
Tryon Creek, where endangered steelhead trout and Chinook and coho salmon live, is just downhill of SW 19th Avenue. Rain can wash sediment and other pollutants off dirt and gravel streets and into streams.
To improve water quality in Tryon Creek, Environmental Services will construct a rain garden near SW Taylors Ferry Road at SW 19th Avenue. The city will install storm drains that will direct stormwater from the paved street surface to the stormwater facility.
The project will be constructed in phases:
- Install pipes and storm drains
- Terrace and construct the stormwater facility
- Remove the current street surface
- Grade the street
- Apply the new street surface
For More Information
Please call Lisa Moscinski at 503-823-3663 or email email@example.com if you have questions or concerns, such as maintaining driveway access, business operations, medical deliveries, and other neighborhood impacts during construction. Click here to sign up for email updates for this project. We will provide you more details before construction.