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In many parts of Southeast and Northeast Portland, there are no sidewalks; that's changing

DAVID F. ASHTON - Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Jeff Moreland Sr. of Raimore Construction, Rafael Gaeta from Emerio Design LLC, and PBOT Director Leah Treat all share in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.The first of three prioritized Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) "Fixing Our Streets, East Portland" sidewalk projects was dedicated recently in a brief ceremony celebrating the S.E. Flavel Street project, which runs between S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses and 92nd Avenue.

These projects are turning what were formerly muddy paths along well-used streets into safe up-to-code sidewalks, remarked PBOT's Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

"I've come out here this morning because, to me personally, outer East Portland for too long has lacked adequate infrastructure; but now, we're actually doing something about it," Saltzman told THE BEE.

"Today we're celebrating the completion of three sidewalk projects to make it easier for people to get around safely – which is why, as Portland Commissioner of Transportation, I wanted to be here."

In many areas of outer East Portland, streets were built to "rural standards", and when they were constructed they did not take into account that people might want to walk and bike and need increased street safely, the Commissioner explained. "Those issues have become more important to Portlanders, now."

During the brief ceremony, PBOT Director Leah Treat remarked about having seen a person using a walker now easily navigate the new "curb cuts" at the S.E. 84th Avenue intersection. "At each of these sites, all of them are constructed to be ADA-compliant."

Treat observed that minority contractors were enlisted to work on all three projects; the sidewalks were engineered by Emerio Design, and constructed by Raimore Construction. The other two sidewalk projects being celebrated that day were:

NE 102nd Avenue, between Sandy Boulevard and I-84

NE 112th Avenue, between Market Street and SE Powell Boulevard.

"The estimated cost for these projects was $1.3 million, but final project costs came in 33 percent under budget – with the total under $900,000," beamed Treat.

With that, a ceremonial ribbon was unrolled, and with a snip – these sidewalk projects were officially dedicated.

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