Powell Boulevard Safety Project is underway
With the arrival of weather more suitable for making street improvements, the Oregon Department of Transportation began work on U.S. Highway 26 – S.E. Powell Boulevard – in April, and it's continuing for the next few months.
It's called the "Powell Boulevard Safety Project", and contractors for ODOT are focusing on the stretch of Powell Boulevard between S.E. 20th and 34th Avenues.
The $3,757,655 project promises increased visibility for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists; sidewalk ADA ramp improvements, as well as repair of some sidewalks; and improved signage, and more visible street names, among other fixes.
At the end of April, contractors were busy building a new and wider pedestrian waiting area on the southeast corner of 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard near Cleveland High School, providing more space for students to safely wait to cross Powell.
And, at the same intersection, they were installing a "truck apron", so that large vehicles could make the turn without encroaching on the pedestrian zone, or swerving into other vehicle lanes.
Keep an eye out for lane closures; the construction there will continue through early 2019.