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Creating a safer Powell Boulevard


Outer Powell Boulevard Safety Improvements ProjectPhoto of rapid flash beacon crosswalk

Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 17, 2012: 5pm to 7pm
Ron Russell Middle School Library
3955 SE 112th
Portland, OR 97266

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is beginning a project to improve safety and replace worn out pavement on SE Powell Boulevard from SE 111th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue at the Gresham city limits.

Eight intersections along this section of Outer Powell Boulevard are among the top 10% of high-crash sites in the region. Heavy traffic and narrow road shoulders also contribute to difficult conditions for pedestrians throughout the corridor. The Outer Powell Boulevard Safety Improvements Project is focused on strategic safety improvements for this important neighborhood thoroughfare and state highway. It will include two new pedestrian crossings, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) upgrades to curb ramps, and high-visibility roadway striping.

The Project will also involve repaving the roadway and widening the road shoulders to provide a width of at least 8 feet. Plans will be developed this fall and winter and construction is expected to begin next summer. ODOT is seeking community input on key aspects of the Project design, including:

  • Where to locate two new crosswalks with Rapid Flash Beacons
  • How to modify and better delineate the road shoulder and roadway striping to reduce conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Suggestions and design feedback will be collected at a public meeting on October 17 and through the project website

ODOT is investing $5.5 million in Outer Powell Boulevard now so that users can benefit from immediate safety upgrades while the City of Portland, Metro, ODOT, and other stakeholders work towards funding future land use and transportation studies and improvements.

For more information, contact Shelli Romero, Oregon Department of Transportation, (503) 731-8231


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Steve Szigethy

October 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It's good to see some near-term work planned for outer Powell, though I was really hoping to see movement on the more extensive improvements envisioned in the Outer Powell Conceptual Design Plan - 3-lane profile, buffered bike lnaes or cycle tracks, separated sidewalks. If only $66,551,572 were laying around.


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