With the future of Portland's gasoline tax secured at the ballot box, city officials have announced another year's worth of spending on home-to-school transportation projects.
Portland will continue to collect 10 cents per gallon of gas sold within city limits for another four years after getting the nod from 77% of voters in the May primary. The tax will raise an estimated $75 million in that time frame, with the money going to road maintenance and repair projects known as the Fixing Our Streets program and Safe Routes to School.
For the coming year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced 30 Safe Routes to School projects, with four completed recently, 12 projects to be finished this spring and summer, and another 15 to be built in the fall and winter. The total cost for the projects to be completed in fiscal year 2021 is set at $7 million, with $2 million coming from the Fixing Our Streets fund.
"We have leveraged those funds with additional funding from other sources (such as Transportation System Development Charges and Quick Build funds) to pay for an additional $2 million in Safe Routes to School sidewalk infill projects and $3 million for Safe Routes to School traffic signal projects," says PBOT spokeswoman Hannah Schafer.
Schoolchildren may not make much use of the improvements immediately, however, as Gov. Kate Brown has plunged educational activities into the virtual realm for the foreseeable future. PBOT has awarded about 40% of the Fixing Out Streets funds to contractors certified through the state Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity, which is twice the city's goal and equates to $11 million invested in diverse businesses, according to Nate McCoy, the executive director of Oregon chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors.
Here's what's on tap:
Spring and summer
• N Willis Boulevard and Courtenay Avenue: ADA ramp upgrade
• NE San Rafael Street and 144th Avenue: marked crosswalk
• NE Prescott Street and 118th Avenue: marked crosswalk, ADA ramps
• NW Miller Road and NW Miller Hill Drive: median island
• SE 87th Ave and Lincoln Street: marked crosswalk, new ADA ramp
• SE Holgate Street and 29th Avenue: median island, new ADA ramps, paint
• SE Crystal Springs Boulevard and 92nd Avenue: median island
• SE 60th Avenue from Flavel to Harney streets: speed bumps, striping
• SE 64th Avenue from Flavel to Lambert streets: speed bumps, striping
• SE Nehalem Street from 67th to 72nd avenues: speed bumps, striping
• SE 64th Avenue and Flavel Street: median island
• SE 60th Avenue and Ogden Street: new ADA ramp
Fall and winter:
• E Burnside Street and 16th Avenue: new rapid flashing beacon
• N Willis Boulevard from Newman to Chautauqua streets: construct walkway
• NE 113th Avenue from Glisan Street to Couch Court: sidewalk infill
• NE 122nd Avenue and I-84 underpass: improved lighting
• NE Glisan Street and 113th Avenue: crossing improvement
• NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Going Street: traffic signal
• NE Shaver Street from 115th Avenue to Parkrose Middle School: sidewalk infill
• SE 92nd Avenue and Lincoln Street: median island, ADA curb ramps, high visibility crosswalk
• SE 148th Avenue and Main Street: pedestrian hybrid beacon
• SE 174th Avenue from SE Stark to SE Main streets: sidewalk infill
• SE 174th Avenue and Alder Street: new corner, high visibility crosswalk, signage
• SE Holgate Boulevard from 112th to 117th avenues: sidewalk infill
• SE Washington Street and 86th Avenue: new rapid flashing beacon
• SW 35th Avenue from SW Huber to Jackson Middle School campus: sidewalk infill, high visibility crosswalk with median
• SW Carson Street from 14th to 17th avenues: sidewalk infill, new ADA ramp
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