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We have reached the end of a three-year journey to redesign North Williams Avenue - a major street that serves a growing neighborhood, is the city's busiest bicycle commute corridor and serves public transit and drivers.
The $1.5 million project, funded through grants, has transformed N Williams Avenue to be a safer place for all travelers by addressing the many issues that neighbors, community and business representatives and PBOT staff identified through a 16-month public involvement process in 2011 and 2012.
PBOT is now finalizing public involvement for design recommendations for the adjacent Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Project [link to Rodney project page], which complements the improvements to N. Williams and is funded through the same state grant. Construction is expected to begin later next summer.
Work also continues on the Honoring History [link to project page] element of the project. North Williams was the historic center of African-American life in Portland. A subcommittee made up of original Stakeholder Advisory Committee members is working with the Regional Arts & Culture Council to develop an art project that provides education about the historical change in the surrounding area. That project is expected to be installed by summer 2015.
Here are some of the improvements made to N. Williams as part of the Safety Project:
Improved pedestrian crossings:
Enhanced transit and bike travel:
Driving - what's new, what remains the same:
For More Information
For more information on the North Williams project, or to be added to the email list to receive updates contact Rich Newlands at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-823-7780.
For media inquiries, contact Diane Dulken at email@example.com or 503-577-8236.
Click here to learn more about the new Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Project.
Projected construction timeline for the North Williams Safety project
N Williams Safety Project Plans Map
Click here to learn more about how North Williams was designed.
Click here to learn more about the public outreach for the North Williams Safety Project.
Final Report and Recommendations for the N. Williams Traffic Safety Project - August 2012
SAC materials; recommendations, letters, committee charter notes, guiding statements, etc.