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More enhancements are being made to the Springwater Trail...here's what's being done now

DAVID F. ASHTON - PBOT workers are involved in the process of installing underground utility improvements near Flavel Park, as part of the Springwater Connector Neighborhood Greenway project.Beginning in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, preliminary work got underway in August for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) "Fixing Our Streets"-funded project that's called the "Springwater Connector Neighborhood Greenway".

"When completed, the project will allow Portlanders to travel on a neighborhood greenway – a street designed especially for biking and walking – between the Springwater Corridor in the south, out to the '80s Neighborhood Greenway', and the future '70s Neighborhood Greenway', which will be constructed in 2021 and 2022," explained PBOT Capital Projects Communications Coordinator Hannah Schafer.

The $2.1 million project will completely refurbish two gravel streets, one of them in Inner Southeast Portland along S.E. 75th Place, between Lambert Street and Crystal Springs Boulevard.

"The gravel streets, often rutted and full of potholes, will be paved, and sidewalks will be built as part of the project. PBOT's contractor will also construct a paved path along the eastern edge of Flavel Park; new crosswalks on S.E. Flavel Street at Flavel Park and 78th Avenue, and traffic-calming along the '70s Greenway' route on 75th Avenue, Harney Street and 77th Avenue," outlined Schafer.

When finished later this year, users can expect to find:

· A paved multi-use path with lighting along the east edge of Flavel Park

· Safer crossings at S.E. Flavel Street at Flavel Park and at 78th Avenue

· Pavement markings for bicyclists called "sharrows"

· Bicycle wayfinding signs

· Speed bumps

· New Trees planted

This project is expected to be completed in January, 2021. For updates, and to see a map of the project, visit the PBOT projects webpage – tinyurl.com/y5qt3gna


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