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Traffic Advisory: Eastbound lane of West Burnside to remain closed at least several more days, as landslide risk lingers

 

crews work to clear debris beside West Burnside

On Friday, PBOT crews responded to a landslide on West Burnside, removing dump truck loads of debris and building a catchment wall to make it safer. The slide remains active, and more work is needed, so the eastbound lane remains closed. Photo by Dylan Rivera/ Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Monday, January 27, 2020) – The eastbound lane of West Burnside will remain closed between Barnes Road and Skyline Blvd for at least several more days, as PBOT engineers and maintenance crews monitor the area of an active landslide. The traveling public is advised to avoid the area, and if eastbound travel through the area is needed, to follow a signed detour along SW Barnes Road and Skyline Blvd.

The landslide was first reported on Friday morning, and PBOT crews responded to close off the area to the public, remove dump truck loads of debris and build a catchment wall to make it safer.

During inspections today, engineers determined that debris had continued to fall from the slide over the weekend. The slide remains active, with cracks at the top of the scarp that indicate a threat to public safety.

PBOT is proceeding with plans to remove loose material from the top of the scarp. The bureau needs to obtain specialized equipment to clear the material at risk of sliding.

Please avoid the area if possible and expect delays. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

PBOT Travel Advisory: With snow in the forecast, prepare this weekend for next week's winter weather

PBOT crews are coming to work on Sunday to get ready

 

Are you ready?

 

Sasquatch Get Ready for Winter

(Jan. 10, 2020) With a variety of forecasts all calling for freezing temperatures and the potential for snow next week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) urges the traveling public to get ready for winter this weekend.

PBOT crews will report to work on Sunday, to get equipment prepared for snow and ice response. Low temperatures could create slick conditions Sunday night at high elevations in the West Hills or East Portland. Snow or other winter precipitation could affect road and sidewalk conditions from Monday through Friday.

The public should be ready for the potential to telecommute or rely on public transit next week. The time to prepare yourself and your family is NOW! 

While the forecast is still unclear, there are some simple things all Portlanders can do to prepare themselves for winter weather.

 

While the forecast is still unclear, there are some simple things all Portlanders can do to prepare themselves for winter weather.

  • Make a checklist for your home, business, and/or vehicle. Property owners, tenants and businesses should have supplies on hand, such as ice melt and snow shovels to clear sidewalks as well as pathways across their driveways.
  • Everyone driving in Portland should carry snow chains and an emergency kit in their vehicle all winter long.
  • Create an emergency plan with your family or work colleagues that emphasizes telecommuting, public transit and emergency meeting locations for your commute. Check our Winter Weather Center to see the snow and ice routes nearest you.
  • Stock up on provisions such as food, water, clothes, and medications you, your family, your pets, or your business will need in case you are stranded by winter weather -- at home, or on the road in your vehicle.
  • Check in with vulnerable neighbors who may need help stocking up on supplies ahead of a storm or clearing their sidewalks afterward.
  • Know your elevation, and the elevation of areas you are traveling to and through. Check the interactive elevation map in the "Elevation, Weather and Traffic" section of PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to see if your area is located at 500 feet or 1,000 above sea level. Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation.
  • Worried about water pipes at your home or business? Winterize your building with tips from the Portland Water Bureau.

Learn about how Portland responds to winter weather, see winter weather travel tips and other essentials:
PortlandOregon.gov/Snow

 

City state plow routes screen shot

 

Do you know which streets PBOT plows in your area?
Check the maps on the Winter Weather Center:

PortlandOregon.gov/Winter

 

State Highways are maintained by the Oregon Department of Transportation, for example: Powell Blvd, 82nd Avenue and SW Barbur Blvd


See Ask ODOT and check highway conditions before you go at TripCheck.com 

 

PBOT advises the public to be aware of forecasts, use caution, and delay your travel to avoid traveling during forecast snow or ice. Consider public transit, and check trimet.org/alerts and portlandstreetcar.org for service alerts before you go.

PBOT also reminds property owners, tenants and businesses that they are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. It is important that sidewalks are clear so that people who are walking to transit and people with disabilities can move about safely.

In icy conditions, PBOT strongly advises delaying travel if possible. If people must travel, PBOT recommends taking public transit.

 

Zoom in on your travel route, see areas at 500 feet or 1,000 feet or higher in the

 

PBOT Winter Weather Center

 

Elevation Weather Traffic on Winter Weather Center

 

Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation

 

  • Stay informed. Sign up for PBOT alerts via text or email. Go to PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to track real-time weather, traffic, road closures and plow information. Sign up at Public Alerts for emergency notifications from all regional agencies via text, email or phone. 
  • Never abandon your vehicle in a travel lane, especially on rail tracks for Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail. If you choose to drive and your vehicle loses traction, pull over into a shoulder or legal parking space. You can call for a tow truck and remain with your vehicle. Or you can leave your vehicle legally parked and walk carefully to a public transit stop or other safe place.
  • Don't get towed! Any vehicle blocking a travel lane or otherwise creating a safety hazard is subject to citation, tow and impound. The cost of a citation and tow for abandoned vehicles preventing free passage is $206. This is in addition to the citation cost of a Class B traffic violation (ORS 819.100) with a presumptive fine of $270. Additional costs to store a towed vehicle longer than four hours is $28 per day.

 

PBOT’s Misson: In winter weather, our crews work around the clock on our designated snow and ice routes to make sure there is one passable lane in each direction as soon as possible after a winter storm.

This means that front wheel drive vehicles or vehicles with traction devices such as snow chains will be able to get through.

 

A Look Back: Changing the landscape of accessibility in East Portland

Before and After photos of SE Flavel Street Sidewalk Improvements

On SE Flavel Street (pictured above), new sidewalks make it safer to walk to the MAX Green Line, the I-205 Multiuse Path, the Springwater Corridor as well as shops and restaurants on 82nd Avenue. (Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation)

This blog post is the third installment of “A Look Back”, a column that examines Fixing Our Streets projects completed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). This third piece will return to not just one project, but a series of projects that have changed the landscape of accessibility in Portland--Fixing Our Streets sidewalk improvements in East Portland.  

(Jan. 8, 2020) In just three short years, the Fixing Our Streets program has added sidewalks on several key routes, making it safer and more convenient for people to walk and access public transit.

These completed sidewalk projects are in East Portland and are focused on areas where there are known gaps in the sidewalk network. Using a data-driven Vision Zero approach to traffic safety, while also connecting people to popular destinations like transit stops, business centers, and schools is a key part of PBOT's long-term vision for Portland. According to the Vision Zero Crash Map, since 2008, the majority of pedestrian deaths and injuries have occurred in East Portland (Click here to view the map).

First identified in the East Portland in Motion plan as having strong community support, these sidewalk projects were made a reality when voters approved Fixing Our Streets in 2016, a 10-cent gas tax to rebuild our roads and make them safer. The projects include:NE 148th Avenue: from Halsey to Glisan Street, SE Flavel Street: from 84th to 92nd avenuesSE 112th Avenue: from Market Street to Powell Boulevard, and NE 102nd Avenue: from Sandy Boulevard to I-84.

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On SE Flavel Street, new sidewalks make it safer to walk to the MAX Green Line, the I-205 Multiuse Path, the Springwater Corridor as well as shops and restaurants on 82nd Avenue.

Another location, 102nd Avenue, is one of the most dangerous streets in Portland for pedestrians. The NE 102nd Avenue sidewalk project provided a much-needed safety improvement. PBOT’s Vision Zero Action Plan ranks it in among the top 20 streets where pedestrians are killed or injured.  The sidewalk provides a seamless walking route between Prescott Elementary and the Gateway Transit Center.

Similarly, the new sidewalks on SE 112th Avenue improve walking connections along a large north-south corridor and connect destinations like Kelly Butte Natural Area, Floyd Light Middle School and Mall 205.

Finally, on NE 148th Ave from Halsey to NE Glisan streets, PBOT built a staggering 3000 feet of sidewalk (the equivalent of 15 downtown city blocks)! It filled critical gaps in the East Portland sidewalk network, creating a contiguous sidewalk along this important street. Nine corner ramps and fifteen driveways were also updated during construction to bring them up to current ADA standards. Thanks to Fixing Our Streets funding, Portlanders will have an easier and safer time reaching Halsey HydroPark, Glenfair Elementary and the TriMet bus stops on NE Halsey and Glisan Streets. 

Before and After photo of sidewalk improvements on Glisan Street

Before and after the 148th Sidewalk Improvements Project at the intersection of NE 148th Avenue and Glisan Street (Photos by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Google Maps)

These projects, in total, created a full 2.75 miles of complete sidewalk network in East Portland!

Two big Fixing Our Streets’ sidewalk projects are going to construction in the coming months, both SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village to West Portland and N Willis Boulevard: Newman Avenue to Chautauqua Boulevard will start construction in Winter 2020. Several Fixing Our Streets funded Safe Routes to School projects will also go to construction in 2020, including: Steele Street: from 92nd Avenue to the I-205 path and SW Carson Street: from 14th to 17th Avenue.

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first local funding source for transportation. Fixing Our Streets is invested in street maintenance and safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com.

Written by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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News Blog: Investing in East Portland in 2020 and beyond

PBOT will construct 14 additional projects in East Portland in 2020, investing another $45 million in safer and improved streets

Commissioner Eudaly and Chris Warner cut the ribbon on the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Transportation Director Chris Warner, Prosper Portland Executive Director Kimberly Branam cut the ribbon on the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project with Gateway community members in July 2019. Photo by Sarah Petersen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Dec. 31, 2019) It’s been a big year for transportation in East Portland. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) wrapped up multiple projects this year, totaling over $8 million in investments. Another $13.6 million in projects are currently underway.

Highlights from this year include:

  • 3,000 feet of new sidewalks on NE 148th Avenue from Glisan to Halsey streets, funded by Fixing Our Streets.
  • Completion of the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape project in Gateway along the Halsey-Weidler couplet between NE 100th and 114th avenues, funded by Fixing Our Streets.
  • Upgraded traffic signals at nine intersections along 102nd Avenue between SE Washington Street and NE Sandy Boulevard (construction is 97% complete).
  • PBOT’s new Gravel Street Service fills in ruts and potholes to smooth out Portland's gravel streets. PBOT tackled gravel streets in Southeast Portland (south of Division) during winter 2018/2019. This winter our crews will cover the rest of Southeast Portland and all of North and Northeast.

As we look ahead to 2020, we are excited to announce the start of construction on 14 additional East Portland projects. This represents another $45 million for improved streets and safety upgrades.

All of our work in East Portland has been directly informed by the residents and businesses that make up one of Portland’s fastest growing areas in the city. This work has built on the East Portland Action Plan, adopted by Portland City Council in 2009, as well as East Portland in Motion, adopted in 2012.

Since then, PBOT staff have been talking with community members and incorporating what we’ve heard into the numerous other plans and programs which guide our work citywide. This includes PedPDX - Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Master Planour Vision Zero Action Plan; the Division Transit Project with TriMet; Fixing Our Streets; as well as our Safe Routes to School program and much more.

These projects often require years of development. This means getting the design and scoping of each project right, getting feedback from the community, applying for state and federal grants, and continuously doing public outreach and engagement so neighbors can weigh in on project plans and designs. All this helps PBOT build a transportation system that serves everyone.

We are grateful to the thousands of East Portland residents who have taken the time to provide their constructive feedback on these projects and plans over the past decade. We are excited about the transportation improvements coming to East Portland in 2020 and we thank you in advance for your patience as we build a safer, more accessible transportation network that serves all East Portlanders.

Click through to see all the work we've done in 2019 and will do in 2020 and beyond:

East Portland Projects under construction in 2019 and beyond map

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Projects Completed in 2019

Fixing Our Streets: Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project

Location: NE Weidler and Halsey streets between 100th and 114th avenues

Scope: Paving, new crosswalks, transit islands, protected bike lanes, rebuilt signals, and ADA ramps.

Status: Completed summer 2019

Budget: $5.5 million

 

Paving SE Harold Street (111th to 136th)

Location: SE Harold Street between 111th and 136th avenues

Scope: Paving

Status: Completed summer 2019

Budget: $200,000

Fixing Our Streets: NE 148th Avenue Sidewalks

Location: NE 148th Avenue between Glisan and Halsey streets

Scope: Sidewalks

Status: Completed fall 2019

Budget: $1.7 million

Fixing Our Streets: I-205 at Glisan Intersection Safety Improvements

Location: I-205 at NE Glisan Street

Scope: Paving, upgraded I-205 trail crossing

Status: Completed spring 2019

Budget: $300,000

 

SE Holgate Street and 104th Avenue Traffic Signal Rebuild

Location: SE Holgate Street at 104th Avenue

Scope: New traffic signal and ADA ramps

Status: Completed spring 2019

Budget: $500,000

 

Projects Currently Under Construction

NE Marine Drive Corridor Safety Improvements

Location: NE Marine Drive between 112th and 185th avenues

Scope: Corridor safety updates, including graded pedestrian crossings, filling in trail gaps, a new traffic signal at 122nd Avenue, reduced speed limit, enhanced bike facilities, and two new rapid-flashing beacons.

Status: 90% complete. Expected to be complete by February 2020.

Budget: $1.5 million

 

Outer Division Multimodal Safety Project (Phase 1)

Location: SE Division Street between 99th and 162nd avenues

Scope: Street lighting, sidewalk infill, and new pedestrian crossings.

Status: 85% complete. Expected to be complete spring 2020.

Budget: $3.5 million

 

130s Neighborhood Greenway

Location: NE and SE 130s, between I-84 and SE Powell Boulevard

Scope: New crossing treatments, traffic calming, ADA ramps, and wayfinding signage

Status: 85% complete. Expected to be complete spring 2020

Budget: $2 million

 

East Portland Traffic Signal Upgrades

Location: Nine intersections on 102nd Avenue from SE Washington Street to NE Sandy Boulevard; and seven intersections on NE 122nd Avenue from NE Airport Way to East Burnside Street

Scope: Upgrade signal heads to increase visibility and improve safety

Status: 97% complete

Budget: $2.5 million

 

East Portland Pedestrian Safety Crossings

Locations: NE 85th Avenue at Sandy Boulevard; NE 91st Avenue at Sandy Boulevard; and SE Stark Street at 155th Avenue

Scope: New pedestrian crossings

Status: 90% complete. Crossings will be operational when power is connected spring 2020.

Budget: $3 million

 

Fixing Our Streets: HOP Neighborhood Greenway

Location: NE Holladay, Oregon, and Pacific streets (HOP) between 99th and 128th avenues

Scope: Traffic calming, ADA ramps, and wayfinding signage

Status: 80% complete. Construction will be complete Spring 2020.

Budget: $1.1 million

 

Portland Gravel Street Service

Location: Gravel streets throughout East Portland

Scope: Grade and gravel existing gravel streets

Status: Currently in Year 2 of a 3-year cycle

 

Projects Beginning Construction in 2020

Fixing Our Streets: SE 136th Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity

Location: SE 136th Avenue from Division Street to Foster Road

Scope: Paving, sidewalks, curb ramps, protected bike lanes, street trees

Status: Design complete. Construction May – December 2020

Budget: $8.5 million

East Portland Access to Employment and Education Project

Location: SE Market Street between 92nd and 130th avenues

Scope: 100s Neighborhood Greenway; 150s Neighborhood Greenway; SE Market Street sidewalks and ADA ramps.

Status: Design complete. Construction starts summer 2020

Budget: $11 million

 

Fixing Our Streets: 122nd Avenue Corridor Multimodal and Safety Project

Location: 122nd Avenue from NE Shaver Street to SE Foster Road

Scope: Corridor safety improvements, street lighting infill, and repurposing a parking lane to a bus priority lane.

Status: Design underway. Construction expected late fall 2020.

Budget: $3 million

 

Fixing Our Streets and Safe Routes to School: SE 174th Avenue sidewalks

Location: SE 174th Avenue between Stark and Main streets

Scope: New sidewalks

Status: Design underway. Construction expected late fall 2020

Budget: $2.4 million

 

East Glisan Street Update

Location: NE Glisan Street between 102nd and 162nd avenues

Scope: Corridor safety upgrades, new and upgraded pedestrian crossings.

Status: Phase 1 will be complete January 2020. Phase 2 begins fall 2020.

Budget: $400,000

Outer Halsey Safety Project

Location: NE Halsey Street between 114th and 162nd avenues

Scope: New pedestrian crossings, ADA ramps, sidewalk infill and protected bike lanes, with no change to the number of travel lanes.

Status: Design at 95%. Construction expected to start spring 2021.

Budget: $4 million

 

Fixing Our Streets: Outer Division Multimodal Safety Project (Phase 2)

Location: SE Division Street between 80th and 162nd avenues

Scope: New pedestrian crossings, protected bike lanes, and corridor safety improvements.

Status: Design at 95%. Construction expected fall 2020.

Budget: $10.5 million

 

Fixing Our Streets and Safe Routes to School: NE Shaver Street sidewalks

Location: NE Shaver Street from 115th Avenue to Parkrose Middle School

Scope: Sidewalk infill along south side of Shaver

Status: Design underway. Construction expected late fall 2020

Budget: $200,000

Fixing Our Streets and Safe Routes to School: New traffic signals

Locations: NE 113th Avenue at Glisan Street; SE 86th Avenue at Washington Street; SE 148th Avenue at Main Street;

Scope: New signalized crossings

Status: Design at 30%. Construction expected late fall 2020.

Budget: $2.5 million

Fixing Our Streets: NE 102nd Avenue Corridor Safety Improvements

Location: NE 102nd Avenue from Weidler Street to Sandy Boulevard

Scope: Corridor safety upgrades

Status: Phase 1 completed summer 2019. Phase 2  with more permanent elements scheduled for 2020.

Budget: $300,000

Fixing Our Streets: 4M Neighborhood Greenway

Location: SE Mill, Millmain, and Main streets (4M) between 130th and 174th avenues

Scope: Sidewalk infill, tree planting, bike lanes and pavement markings, speed bumps, and wayfinding signage

Status: Design at 30%. Construction expected late fall 2020.

Budget: $1.5 million

Fixing Our Streets: New traffic signal at SE 146th Avenue and Stark Street

Location: SE 146th Avenue and Stark Street

Scope: New traffic signal

Status: Design complete. Construction begins spring 2020.

Budget: $1 million

 

NE 87th Avenue and Glisan Street Crossing Improvement

Location: NE 87th Avenue and Glisan Street

Scope: New rapid-flashing beacon

Status: Construction begins spring 2020

Budget: $350,000

 

SE 102nd Avenue and Woodstock Street Local Improvement District (LID)

Locations: SE 102nd Avenue from Woodstock Boulevard to Foster Road; SE Woodstock Boulevard from 101st Avenue to 93 feet east of SE 102nd Avenue.

Scope: Paving

Status: Construction expected fall 2020

 

Projects in the Pipeline: Opportunities for Engagement in 2020

162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit Project

Location: SE 162nd Avenue from Stark Street to Powell Boulevard

Scope: Corridor safety improvements and improved pedestrian crossings

Status: Beginning Design. Construction expected spring 2021.

Budget: $1.5 million

 

Build Portland: Safer Outer Stark

Location: SE Stark Street between 109th and 162nd avenues

Scope: Paving, corridor safety upgrades

Status: Project development and public involvement throughout 2019. Design begins winter 2020. Construction expected 2022.

 

Build Portland: Foster-Woodstock Couplet East

Location: SE Foster Road and Woodstock Boulevard between I-205 and 101st Avenue

Scope: Pedestrian crossings, bicycle upgrades, ADA curb ramps, and traffic signals

Status: Design began fall 2019. Construction expected 2021.

Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Improvements

Location: Selected gravel streets in the Division-Midway and Powellhurst-Gilbert area

Scope: Pave certain gravel streets

Status: Public outreach and design start spring 2020. Construction expected 2022.

 

NE Halsey Safety and Access to Transit Project

Location: NE Halsey Street between 65th and 92nd avenues

Scope: Signal improvements, intersection redesigns, bus stop improvements and high-priority crossings, bikeway on Halsey from 65th to 92nd, multiuse path connection from 82nd Avenue.

Status: Design began fall 2019. Construction expected 2022.

 

Jade-Montavilla Connected Centers

Scope: Biking and walking upgrades in the Jade and Montavilla districts

Status: Design begins winter 2020. Construction expected 2022.

Budget: $7.1 million

NE 97th Avenue Phase II LID

Location: NE 97th Avenue from E Burnside to NE Davis streets; E Burnside Street from 9400 block to NE 97th Avenue

Scope: New street, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure

Status: Construction expected 2021

Budget: $5.7 million

NE Couch/Davis LID

Location: NE Couch Street between 97th and 99th avenues; NE Davis Street between 97th and 100th avenues.

Scope: New street, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure: Status: Construction expected 2022

Budget: $8.9 million

 

A Look Back: Transforming SE Foster Road from a High Crash Corridor into an accessible and friendly business district

Skateboarder using a new crosswalk on Foster Road

A skateboarder crosses at the intersection of SE 72nd Avenue and Foster Road using a new and improved crosswalk from the Foster Transportation and Streetscape project (Photo by Pierre Haou, PBOT)

Welcome to our second installment of “A Look Back,” a series of stories about Fixing Our Streets projects built by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Fixing Our Streets was the first local funding source dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs. This series highlights the goals of specific projects and checks in with the community to see how they are feeling about them now that they are complete. In this installment we’re looking at a massive undertaking in terms of scale and impact, the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project. 

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(Dec. 20, 2019) With the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project in Southeast Portland, PBOT transformed nearly 40 city blocks from an unsafe, high-crash corridor to a walkable and bikeable commercial main street for Portlanders of all ages to enjoy. The project extended from SE 50th Avenue to the western edge of the Lents Town Center at SE 90th Avenue. Most noticeably, PBOT changed the design of the street, transforming SE Foster Road from a high-speed, auto-oriented corridor into a safer, more balanced street for pedestrians as well as people biking, taking transit, and driving. This new design supports a growing mix of businesses and residences in the neighborhood.

"Since the completion of the streetscape project we've seen a great increase in pedestrian and cycling traffic on Foster, making it easier for customers to visit our district... The streetscape has made our businesses more accessible to customers and has contributed toward our goal of making Foster a destination for people throughout Portland." Allen Rowand, president of the Foster Area Business Association

At the ribbon cutting ceremony in early June, Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, PBOT Director Chris Warner, and businesses and neighborhood representatives spoke directly to the positive impact these street improvements were already having and would continue to have heading into summer and fall.  

“This is a street that will support a vibrant commercial district, that will add to the quality of life in this neighborhood, and that people – whether they are walking, biking, rolling or driving – will want to use every day,” said Director Warner. “To me, that is the power of what we do. We don’t just make Portland a better place to get around, we make it a better place to live.”

Shea Flaherty Betin, director of the Portland Mercado, said at the ribbon cutting this past summer, "As we celebrate our new streetscape on Foster, we celebrate the potential for equitable neighborhood growth, we envision increased economic opportunity along Foster for small businesses, for POC entrepreneurs, and for the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem we have here at the Mercado. I’m excited to see more families biking to our massive festivals and events, or to see more folks walking on our new sidewalks to grab an empanada, or some coffee, or a sangria in the evening."

Foster Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, PBOT Director Chris Warner, and businesses and neighborhood representatives cut ceremony ribbon at the Foster Transportation and Streetscape ribbon cutting ceremony (Photo by Stacy Brewster, PBOT)

Today SE Foster Road is a bustling center of activity, with people walking, rolling, biking, and running safely through the corridor. This past week, we saw Portlanders biking and skateboarding over to the Portland Mercado, undoubtedly attracted by the smells of delicious Latin American dishes wafting from the vibrantly colored food carts.

Further down Foster, safely pedaling down Foster’s new bike lanes, people were taking a nice afternoon ride. Nearby, a couple of Portland elders were using a redesigned crosswalk to safely cross Foster to access Laurelwood Park. We hope the redesigned street continues to raise the quality of life for residents and businesses in these simple ways.

“More neighbors are walking to support local businesses now that SE Foster is safer and easier to cross.  We know that the positive effects of the Streetscape will be enjoyed for years to come." Eric Furlong, Chair of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association

In a recent PBOT survey, when asked “Have you been walking, biking, or accessing transit more on Foster Road?” roughly 66% of respondents said “they have, and they’re excited to do more of it.” In a separate survey, a majority of respondents agreed they could access businesses on Foster more easily now and that they were more likely to walk, bike, or take transit on or through Foster Road. In the same survey, 74% of respondents also reported feeling very safe or somewhat safe getting around on Foster Road.

"Since the completion of the streetscape project we've seen a great increase in pedestrian and cycling traffic on Foster, making it easier for customers to visit our district”, said Allen Rowand, president of the Foster Area Business Association."Many have commented that the new crosswalks and bike lanes make them more likely to come to Foster as they can travel safely. The lowered speed limit not only increases safety for those on foot and cyclists, but makes it easier to enter and exit parking spaces along the road. The streetscape has made our businesses more accessible to customers and has contributed toward our goal of making Foster a destination for people throughout Portland."

Cyclist on Foster Road

A person rides their bicycle on the new bike lane constructed by the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project (Photo by Pierre Haou, PBOT)

"Upon completion and implementation of the SE Foster Streetscape, the neighborhood has seen an increased vibrancy in the central business district,” said Eric Furlong, Chair of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association. “More neighbors are walking to support local businesses now that SE Foster is safer and easier to cross. We know that the positive effects of the Streetscape will be enjoyed for years to come."

Cycling event on Foster Road

A group of cyclists gather on SE Foster Road during a PBOT "Portland by Cycle" ride this past summer (Photo by PBOT)

“Its been much easier to cross the road” said Gretchen, an East Portland resident who lives very close to SE Foster Road, “Foster is now much nicer, much more pleasant”.

“People are stoked about the two lanes,” said Dimitriy, owner of NW Pro Gear, “I see a lot more bicycles on the street, which helps me [and my shop].” 

Cyclist on Foster Road

A person enjoys a relaxed ride using a new bike lane on SE Foster Road (Photo by Pierre Haou, PBOT)

Funding for the $9 million Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project came from Fixing Our Streets as well as the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal District, city Transportation System Development Charges, and a federal grant.

Fixing Our Streets, otherwise known as Measure 26-173, was a voter-approved four-year 10-cent gas tax for restoring our streets and making them safer. When this measure passed in May 2016, it became the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs. Fixing Our Streets projects span across all of Portland.

To learn more about Fixing Our Streets projects, visit our webpage.

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This blog post was written by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation