February 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Transportation bureau awarded approx. $3M from ODOT for Swan Island, E. Portland sidewalks and bikeways
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation was awarded $2.96 million on Wednesday from the Oregon Transportation Commission to fill in missing links in the sidewalk and bikeway network near Swan Island and in East Portland.
The OTC awarded grants for two City of Portland proposals: Going to the River and SE 122nd Avenue Complete and Green Main Street projects.
The Going to the River project bundles bicycle, pedestrian, transit and transportation demand management to improve access to Swan Island in North Portland, which is one of the state’s largest employment centers. Sidewalks, paths and neighborhood greenways will be built to improve transportation options for both area residents and workers and fully connect Swan Island to Portland’s existing light rail, bikeway and pedestrian networks. The total cost of the project is $2,330,372, with $2,090,372 from the flexible funds grant and $240,000 from local sources.
The SE 122nd Avenue Complete and Green Main Street project improves pedestrian connectivity, access to transit, safety and disabled access along one of East Portland’s most highly used streets. The project is designed to stimulate economic development and private investment in the corridor. Enhanced crossings of SE 122nd Avenue will also improve east-west bicycle travel and safety and improve pedestrian safety. Green elements include sidewalks separated by landscaping, stormwater planters in curb extensions and street trees. The total cost of the project is $3,353,260, with $870,000 from the flexible fund grant and $2,483,260 from local sources.
The Oregon Transportation Commission establishes state transportation policy. The commission also guides the planning, development and management of a statewide integrated transportation network that provides efficient access, is safe, and enhances Oregon’s economy and livability. The commission meets monthly to oversee Department of Transportation activities relating to highways, public transportation, rail, transportation safety, motor carrier transportation, and drivers and motor vehicles.
According to ODOT’s flexible funds website, the focus of the program is to “fund sustainable, non-highway transportation projects, programs and services that positively impact modal connectivity, the environment, mobility and access, livability, energy use and the overall operation of the transportation system.”