April 2020 Construction Notification:
Coming soon: a smoother, safer, and better 136th Avenue
PBOT will soon begin work on SE 136th Avenue between Division Street and Foster Road. This project, known as the SE 136th Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity project, is slated to be one of the largest paving projects undertaken by Fixing Our Streets (2016-2020), the voter-approved 10-cent gas tax. This project was scheduled prior to the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 and will begin construction soon.
When this project is complete, SE 136th Avenue will not only be repaved, but this 1.8-mile stretch of road will have continuous sidewalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, better access to transit stops, protected bike lanes, stormwater improvements, new street trees, and upgraded traffic signals and street lighting.
This project is expected to generate more than 100 jobs. In addition, seven of our subcontracting firms are certified by the state under the categories of disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned, emerging small businesses, or service-disabled veterans’ business enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE).
Construction starts June 2020
PBOT expects to begin construction within the next few weeks, beginning the week of June 8th and continuing for approximately 13 months, finishing up in July 2021. This schedule is subject to change.
SE 136th Avenue is a major emergency response route, so PBOT is in close communication with all our subcontracting firms as well as public safety agencies to ensure we maintain these routes at all times.
Moreover, PBOT crews and our subcontractors will follow public health guidelines for the safety of our workforce and residents, including physical distancing, and other precautions. Please give our crews the extra space they need to do their work safely. As always, obey flaggers and slow down when driving through work zones.
Stay up to date
Visit our project website and subscribe to our email list for monthly updates on construction: www.PortlandOregon.gov/Transportation/136th.
If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact Timur Ender, PBOT Capital Project Manager, at Timur.Ender@PortlandOregon.gov or 503-823-7084.
December 2019 Project Update:
I wanted to take a minute to provide an update on where things stand with the SE 136th Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity Project. This is the largest paving project on the 2016 voter approved Fixing Our Streets (FOS) program. As part of this paving project we were able to leverage additional system development charge (SDC) funding to do a complete street project. SDCs are fees that developers pay to offset the impact of new trips created by development. Legally, SDCs may only be spent on sidewalks, bike lanes, and other improvements that increase the capacity of the street, not on paving. Similarly, the voter approved FOS program can only be used on paving. By leveraging both funding sources, PBOT can deliver sidewalks, bike lanes, and repaving all in the same construction contract thereby increasing efficiency and minimizing impact to neighbors.
Construction Expected to Begin Summer 2020
Speaking of impact, given that there are multiple elements of this project, we do anticipate a noticeable impact to the community during construction. Crews may need to close one lane at times and control traffic through flagging in order to install sidewalks or repave the street. City policy does require contractors to install pedestrian channelization when existing sidewalks are closed to maintain the safety and comfort for people walking during construction projects. We will do our best to limit disruption by prescribing appropriate work hours for the contractor. Currently, we anticipate the construction window to be between May-December 2020. Again, I want to highlight for us to deliver these community desired improvements, there will be a noticeable construction impact. We anticipate providing additional details for community members regarding the construction schedule and what to expect in the spring.