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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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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 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

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Contact us with questions and feedback:

Project Manager: David Backes | | 503.823.5811

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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

  • 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 change signal to all-way stop; traffic modeling currently underway)

-          Leavitt

-          John

-          Charleston

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


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

February 2019 Project Introduction [PDF]

PDF of presentation updated February 2019