Portland spending $200K on new Busy Streets pedestrian plan
City officials say a new pedestrian program will allow for more safely spaced-out transit and street use in East Portland.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation formally launched the Busy Streets initiative on Monday, Aug. 10 — with plans to create a series of elevated bus platforms, foot-and-pedal walkways and roomier street corners — for a total cost of $200,000.
"Using paint and plastic posts, we can get improvements on the ground in weeks instead of months, helping people stay 6 feet apart as they walk, bike or use a mobility device," the bureau said in an online announcement.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees PBOT, already has carved out protected street plazas for merchants and restaurateurs, and placed bollards and slow-down warning signs on bike-friendly streets in response to the novel coronavirus. The Busy Streets program, under the same umbrella, creates further changes billed as temporary.
Today, our Busy Streets Program is installing the first of 10 corner expansions at intersections in East Portland, making it easier for people to keep 6 ft apart as they walk, bike or catch a bus or MAX train during the pandemic.#OregonForward #WeGotThisPDX #PDXCovid19 pic.twitter.com/bZoeSHBRZe— Portland Bureau of Transportation (@PBOTinfo) August 12, 2020
The new asphalt platforms are on TriMet's Line 15, with one stop at Southeast Washington Street and 80th Avenue, and four more on Southeast Stark Street at 82nd, 90th, 92nd and 105th avenues.
The 10 corner expansions, which use paint and bollards to bulge out existing street corners, are located on Burnside, Halsey, Prescott, Stark and Washington streets at intersections between 76th and 148th avenues.
The expanded walkways, essentially adding a makeshift sidewalk, are on Stark and Washington streets between 84th and 106th avenues in the Gateway and Montavilla neighborhoods.
"Both districts not only have heavy pedestrian traffic, but include lots of places that people walk to, including services and jobs, many of which may not provide teleworking as an option," PBOT said.
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