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N Lombard Main Street – St. Johns

Lombard with visible streetcar tracks, photo taken in 1938


What's happening now?

[Website last updated 1/7/2019]

Traffic engineers are collecting data to help inform the design -- you may see city staff in the field along N Lombard

Early design concepts are being developed and will be shared with the public at upcoming meetings and online

Working on setting design and construction schedule targets


Upcoming meetings and events

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


Contact Info / Get in Touch

Project Manager: David Backes | | 503.823.5811


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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

  • Adding curb ramps and marked crossings at every intersection between St. Louis and Richmond to improve safety and accessibility, and make it easier for transit riders to access bus stops

2. Create a welcoming multi-modal environment – help people and goods get to Lombard Main Street easily, reliably, efficiently, and with minimal negative impacts

  • Plentiful bike and car parking for people shopping, working, dining, visiting St. Johns
  • Bus stop extensions to allow buses to stop in-lane, reducing delays for riders of Lines 4, 16, 44, and 75, while also minimizing parking impacts
  • Explore enhanced shared environment road markings to show that people riding bikes are welcome on the street
  • Analyze cut-through driving behavior that is detrimental to safety and comfort on Lombard

3. Help reduce Portland’s infrastructure funding gap

  • Rebuilding Lombard now will save the city in the long-term maintenance costs of continually fixing a failing asset


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

-          Chicago

-          Baltimore

-          Alta

-          Philadelphia (possibly reconfigure intersection operations)

-          Leavitt

-          John

-          Charleston

Possibly reconfigure Philadelphia between Ivanhoe and Lombard – traffic engineers will explore options after data is collected

Reconstruct roadway and remove buried rail lines

Explore enhanced shared roadway pavement markings to indicate that people riding bikes are welcome on the street


Schedule (tentative)

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