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Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to invest millions from the Fixing Our Streets fund.

COURTESY PBOT - Southeast 136th Avenue in Portland is shown here. A two-mile stretch of under-improved roadway is being primed for millions of dollars of investment in Southeast Portland.

The city's Bureau of Transportation plans to spend roughly $6.7 million on completely repaving Southeast 136th Avenue, plus adding new sidewalks, curbs and street trees along 136th between Division Street and Foster Road.

PBOT says the project is the "largest" ever using Fixing Our Streets funds — with about $4 million coming from that fund and another $2.7 million allotted from transportation system development charges.

"SE 136th Avenue is a primary Safe Routes to School route and a major city bikeway," according to a news release. "Children will be able to walk more safely to Gilbert Park and Gilbert Heights elementary schools located nearby."

Workers will build new sidewalks and curb ramps, install stormwater drains and street lighting, paint crosswalks and plant 50 new street trees along the corridor.

Officials say the project dovetails with two transit lines serving 136th, as well as the new bicycle infrastructure planned on Divison and Powell Boulevard.

Local residents have the chance to get free trees planted on their property by the city, and can advise PBOT on what type of trees should be planted. Property owners on the west side of 136th are encouraged to tell PBOT more about their frontage here.


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