January 19, 2017 (last update 3/24)
PBOT and ODOT will start or complete safety improvements on 13 High Crash Network streets in 2017. The safety projects align with Portland's Vision Zero Action Plan, which calls for changes in street design across the city.
|Winston Sandino, project manager|
|Winston Sandino has worked at PBOT for 10 years. He grew up in Nicaragua, where members of his family grow coffee as Sandino Brothers Coffee. When not at PBOT, Winston often spends time roasting coffee from his family’s farm.
What is some of the positive feedback you’ve gotten during safety project construction?
You might not like this answer, but as a project manager I mostly receive calls with complaints. I would say 99% of the phone calls from the public I receive are to complain about something and perhaps 1% are calls with positive feedback.
When I do receive positive feedback, however, people are extremely nice and grateful. New sidewalks, new rapid flashing beacons, new speed bumps, reducing the speed limit—people really appreciate those things.
What do you like most about being a project manager?
Working with people. We have a great team of designers that include specialists in signals, lighting, paving, safety, and maintenance, and we all collaborate in order to complete tasks on time and under budget, whenever possible. Portlanders expect high-quality streets, and we do our best to deliver them.
I like to see things being done, finished. As a project manager, I am handed a piece of paper with an idea. It is a major task to transfer an idea into a set of documents that can eventually be built. I get to see the process unfold from ideas to design to construction.
What are some time-consuming aspects of project delivery?
During design, the most time-consuming aspects are right-of-way acquisition and environmental reports. Those two can take years.
There are other sources that can delay a project, sometimes including outside stakeholders. You have to realize that every group of stakeholders is advocating for the best type of transportation to meet their respective needs. It can be difficult to please everyone given the limited right-of-way we manage.
Enhanced crossings are nearly complete on East Burnside St., and will be finished by this summer on 122nd Ave., Southeast Foster Rd. and Northeast Sandy Blvd. Portland City Council provided $5.6 million in general funds for the work in 2015.
Fixing Our Streets is also funding an enhanced intersection at Southeast Holgate & 41st/42nd Ave. that includes buffered bike lanes, curb ramps, marked crosswalks and crossbikes.
Safety projects recently wrapped up on 82nd Ave. and Southeast Powell Blvd. Both projects included additional lighting, updated curb ramps and signals, and enhanced crossings. The Oregon Department of Transportation, which owns 82nd Ave. and Powell Blvd., is planning two additional safety projects for Powell Blvd. that will be constructed after 2017.
ODOT will soon begin filling a bike lane gap on eastbound Northeast Lombard St. at 42nd Ave. A person died while biking at this location in 2015.
This year on North/Northeast Marine Dr., PBOT will buffer the existing bike lanes, add missing multiuse path links, improve crossings at key locations and install a new traffic signal at 122nd Ave. The $1 million project uses a combination of city and federal funds. Marine Dr. will also receive speed safety cameras in 2017.
On Southeast Division St., PBOT will install speed safety cameras and speed reader boards, begin filling sidewalk gaps, enhance crosswalks, buffer the bike lanes, add lighting, remove a slip lane and improve access management. PBOT will also coordinate signals from 82nd Ave. to the city limit, which will reduce the risk of serious and deadly crashes. View a map of all projects funded for Southeast Division St., including items scheduled for construction after 2017.
On West Burnside St., PBOT will make significant safety improvements where 18th Ave., 19th Ave. and Alder St. meet. PBOT is also building new sidewalk in 2017 along the north side of West Burnside St. between 24th Ave. and Uptown Terrace. Both projects use $3.6 million in system development charges paid by developers. In 2018, PBOT will install a new traffic signal at West 20th Pl. A separate project on West Burnside will use $2.2 million in federal funding to improve safety for people walking, biking and driving across I-405.
Another project will improve safety in 2017 on Northeast Halsey St. between 102nd and 112th Avenues. Plans include better lighting, safer crossings and protected bike lanes.
On Southeast Hawthorne Blvd. and 43rd Ave., PBOT will install new crosswalk signage and markings and a temporary median island in the coming weeks, and will construct a permanent median island in the spring when warmer weather allows. The changes follow a traffic death at this location in 2016.
PBOT will spend $200,000 on sidewalk infill along Northeast 102nd Ave. from Sandy Blvd. to Interstate 84, with construction set for 2017. A $330,000 corridor treatment, yet to be scoped, is planned for 2018 along Northeast 102nd Ave. Both projects are funded through Fixing Our Streets.
This spring, PBOT will construct safety improvements on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. from Southwest 18th Ave. to Southwest 39th Ave., including a protected/buffered multiuse path, narrowed motor vehicle lane widths and additional rapid flashing beacons. PBOT is paying for the $446,000 project through Fixing Our Streets and other funds. Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. received speed safety cameras in 2016.
The Fixing Our Streets program will invest more than $5 million in additional safety projects planned for construction after 2017, including:
- Better street lighting on Powell Blvd.
- Safer crossings, including more rapid flashing beacons and larger refuge islands, on 82nd Ave.
- New sidewalk from Multnomah Village to West Portland on SW Capitol Hwy.
- Safer crossings at NE Glisan St. & Interstate 205
- Protected bike lanes, guided by the SWIM and EPIM plans, in Southwest and East Portland