The City Council approved spending $1.9 million last week to build a protected multi-use path on North Greeley Avenue between Interstate 5 and Going Street, the location of several serious crashes between trucks and bikes. It will include a two-lane bike path.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and will include a bike-only traffic signal at Going. It will be financed in part by $650,000 raised through the city's heavy vehicle use tax.
The impact statement that accompanies the ordinance said that the Greeley Multi-Use Path "will solve a critical safety issue on N Greeley Ave in the southbound direction where the current bike facility crosses the onramp to 1-5 southbound."
Legislative agenda posted online
The Office of Government Relations has posted the City Council's agenda for the 2019 Oregon Legislature online.
It includes six priorities, which range from creating more affordable housing to supporting "resilience" efforts by helping to fund seismic upgrades in schools, municipal infrastructure and emergency service buildings.
The agenda also includes policy positions on seven issues, including economic development, transportation safety, and tax and finance reform.
The 2019 Oregon Legislature starts Tuesday, Jan. 22. The full agenda can be found at: portlandoregon.gov/ogr/article/703191.
'South Reach' inventory now on web
An updated inventory of the natural resources along the southern stretch of the Willamette River in Portland is now online.
The inventory was prepared and posted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to support its River Plan/South Reach project. The intent is to help protect and enhance natural resources in the South Reach and ensure the city's continued compliance with local, regional, state and federal regulations for river health and safety.
The inventory provides a useful and accessible "status report" on the location of existing natural resources, including the river, riverbanks, floodplains, tributary streams, wetlands and upland features. You can find it at: portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/707558
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