1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
Lombard with visible streetcar tracks, photo taken in 1938
What's happening now?
[Website last updated 3/12/2019]
Early design concepts are being developed and will be shared with the public at upcoming meetings and online. Open house TBD. To stay informed, check the website or sign up for project updates below.
PBOT survey crews are out in the field collecting the 3D data that will be used by the design team
Working on setting design and construction schedule targets
Contact us with questions and feedback:
Project Manager: David Backes | David.Backes@portlandoregon.gov | 503.823.5811
Upcoming meetings and events
April 2019 (tentative) - Design Concept Open House (date/time TBD)
Past meetings and events
February 20, 2019: St. Johns Business Boosters presentation and discussion
January 14, 2019: St. Johns Neighborhood Association meeting -- project overview and early design concept
January 15, 2019: James John PTA meeting -- project overview and early design concept; discussion with PTA about students' walking routes
Project background and overview
In 1903, a new streetcar line opened in St. Johns that traveled along Lombard. These rail lines are still buried under the road, which is causing some of the pavement failures seen on the street. In addition, paving over the rail lines throughout the years has caused the profile of Lombard to be unusually sloped – so much so that it is difficult to add curb ramps that meet ADA standards.
To truly make N Lombard through St. Johns comfortable, accessible, safe, and hardy, these rail lines need to be removed and the driving surface needs to be reconstructed.
Portland’s recently adopted Build Portland infrastructure investment program made this project possible, with $3 million in funding to reconstruct the roadway. PBOT added another $1 million in funding to further enhance the project by adding the curb extensions, crossings, and upgraded bus stops.
Project goals and how they’re being addressed
1. Create an accessible environment for people walking and using mobility devices
2. Create a welcoming multi-modal environment – help people and goods get to Lombard Main Street easily, reliably, efficiently, and with minimal negative impacts
3. Help reduce Portland’s infrastructure funding gap
Scope details – preliminary, will be refined
Click image for larger version of the map
Curb extensions (pending bus turn analysis) with marked crosswalks at:
- New York
- Philadelphia (possibly change signal to all-way stop; traffic modeling currently underway)
Exploring all-way stop at Philadelphia intersection – traffic engineers are analyzing traffic data and impacts
Reconstruct roadway and remove buried rail lines
Explore enhanced shared roadway pavement markings to indicate that people riding bikes are welcome on the street
Project development: fall 2018 to spring 2019
Design: spring 2019 to summer 2020
Break ground target: spring 2021
$3 million for pavement reconstruction (from Build Portland)
$1 million for safe crossings, curb extensions, bus stops
PDF of presentation updated February 2019