Busy East Multnomah County roadway widened, new paths for walking and biking

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY TRANSPORTATION - Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann and Wood Village Mayor Scott Harden celebrated the reopening of N.E. 238th Drive Friday, Dec. 3. The steep section of Northeast 238th Drive, between Arata Road and Oregon Street in Wood Village, reopened Friday afternoon, Dec. 3, after being shut down for major improvements that have been in the works since April.

Multnomah County Transportation road crews widened 238th so it could accommodate trucks longer than 40 feet. The rebuilt road includes:

- A 14-foot wide southbound lane running uphill with a 12-foot passing lane

- A 15-foot northbound lane

- A 10-foot shared path for walkers and bikers on both sides of the road, separated from traffic lanes by curbs and planters

- Improved drainage and vegetation

The road is an important arterial route between Interstate 84 and Highway 26. The improvements were identified in the East Metro Connections Plan and adopted by the cities of East Multnomah County, Multnomah County and Metro Regional Government.

Before the rebuild there were no bike lanes and only a narrow sidewalk on one side. The new road will also improve drainage that has led to icy conditions in the winter.

Goodfellow Bros. was the general contractor while Parametrix was the design consultant. The total project cost was $10.9 million. Multnomah County provided $3.3 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Construction took two months longer than planned, due to underground utility conflicts discovered during the work. Next spring the contractor will put in permanent lane striping and a finish paint coat to the new concrete pedestrian rail.

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