Street construction season starts
The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced last Tuesday that Fixing Our Streets construction projects will take place in all parts of the city through August.
The 19 projects are funded by the temporary 10-cents-a-gallon gas tax proposed by former Commissioner Steve Novick and approved by Portland voters at the November 2016 general election.
The City Council also passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax that will fund some of the projects.
"We're so grateful that voters approved funding for the Fixing Our Streets Program, which is making critical safety improvements and maintenance investments that will save money for all Portlanders. The paving projects we accomplish this year will prevent the need for more costly reconstruction in the future. These projects will also build dozens of corner ramps, making our city more accessible for people with disabilities," says PBOT director Leah Treat.
The work over the next six months will occasionally disrupt traffic and require detours to get around.
The first project is the Southeast 50th Avenue Paving Project that began on March 27, the day all the projects were announced. The $1.1 million project will pave the street from Hawthorne to Division and update street corners with ADA ramps to prevent further pavement deterioration and improve overall street accessibility.
Other projects will range from a $200,000 Neighborhood Greenway on Southwest and Northwest 20th Avenue to a $3.5 million paving project on Southwest Vermont Street from Oleson Road to Capitol Highway. Altogether, approximately $20 million in Fixing Our Streets projects will begin construction in the next six months.
Here are some of the other projects:
• Paving Northeast Halsey between 102nd Avenue and Weidler, as part of the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project (construction estimated to begin in late May).
• Paving Southeast Foster Road from 82nd to 90th Avenues as part of the Foster Streetscape Project (construction estimated to begin in mid-May).
• Three separate sidewalk construction projects: Southeast Flavel from 84th to 92nd; Northeast 102nd Avenue from Sandy Boulevard to I-84; and Southeast 112th Avenue from Market to Powell (construction dates to be announced).
• Paving North Going Street from Interstate 5 to the I-5 onramp (construction estimated to begin in mid-June).
• Paving North Marine Drive from Kelley Point Park Road to Leadbetter Road, (construction estimated to begin in mid-June).
• Paving North Lombard Street 2,500 feet from Ramsay (construction estimated to begin in mid-June).
• Paving North Denver Avenue from Lombard to Watts (construction estimated to begin in mid-July).
• Paving North Williams Avenue from Stanton to Cook (construction estimated to begin in late July).
• Paving Northeast 42nd Avenue from Brazee to Wistaria Drive and Northeast Wistaria Drive from 42nd to César Chávez (construction estimated to begin in late August).
• Paving Southeast Foster from 82nd to 90th (construction estimated to begin in spring).
• Paving Southwest Capitol Highway from Multnomah to Texas (construction estimated to begin in mid-August).
According to PBOT, 56 percent of Fixing Our Streets funding is invested in street maintenance and 44 percent is invested in safety improvements. The projects make up approximately 20 percent of the investments in Portland's transportation infrastructure this construction season, with a total of approximately $105 million being invested in capital projects, street repair and safety between now and September 2018.
The complete list of Fixing Our Streets projects can be found at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/index.cfm?&c=64188.