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Errol Heights Street Improvement Project

30% Design Open House Update

Thanks to everyone who attended the December 7 Open House at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center. Copies of the meeting materials (presentation and open house boards) can be found under the Presentations and Publications section of this webpage.

This site will be updated once the next set of meetings are scheduled to discuss the formation of the Local Improvement District (LID).


                           

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Environmental Services are working in coordination on street and stormwater improvements in Errol Heights. This pilot project will improve safety and accessibility, while improving stormwater management and protecting water quality in local creeks and streams. Working together ensures successful outcomes including reduced costs, improved efficiency, and enhanced service delivery to the Portland community.


 

Project Overview

The Errol Heights Street Improvement Project proposes to implement new City street designs for the neighborhood’s unpaved roads. The project will build a new network of narrow, curbless roads, and stormwater facilities to improve access to the neighborhood, address drainage issues, and improve water quality in Johnson Creek.

The project will improve about 1.2 miles of unpaved streets in the neighborhood where steep slopes, seeps, springs, and soils create local drainage issues and erode gravel roads. Poor road conditions impact the neighborhood’s livability and make it challenging for residents to walk, bike, drive or be served by emergency vehicles.

As a pilot project for the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Streets Program, the project is an opportunity to highlight cost-effective designs for neighborhood streets and stormwater management, which can be used in areas that would be difficult or costly to serve.

Proposed Transportation Improvements

  • 16’ to 18’ wide paved streets with gravel shoulders for parking.
  • Sidewalks will be located on the north side of Malden Drive and next to Errol Heights Park on Tenino Drive/Court. Portland Parks & Recreation will pay for sidewalks that serve the park. 
  • Malden and Tenino Drive will have a curved roadway design to help slow traffic.
  • Street lights will be added where needed to improve visibility of pedestrians.
  • Street trees will be planted to meet the City’s Urban Forestry requirements for street improvements.

Proposed Stormwater Improvements

  • Ditches will carry stormwater from the streets to sumps (dry wells).
  • A larger stormwater facility will be built at SE 45th Avenue and Tenino Court, in Errol Heights Park, to slow and filter water before it enters the storm drain at SE 45th Avenue.

Project Costs and Funding

Public funds will pay for the project design, construction of stormwater facilities, additional street lighting and street tree planting. Portland Parks and Recreation will fund construction of street and sidewalk improvements on SE Tenino Court adjacent to Errol Heights Park.  The City of Portland will be working with area property owners to form a Local Improvement District (LID) to pay for a portion of construction costs related to street improvements (grading, paving, and shoulder work). Special financing for the LID will allow homeowners to defer payment of the LID assessment until properties are sold. 

Project Schedule

The project is currently in preliminary design. Further design refinements are expected over the next year in preparation for construction. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and last approximately one year. More information will become available as project design progresses.

 

With questions, comments or for more information, please contact: 

Elizabeth Mahon
PBOT Project Manager
elizabeth.mahon@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-0396

Marie Walkiewicz
Environmental Services
Becky.Tillson@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-6199