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Contractor will consult with merchants about minimizing any negative impact

From the middle of May until the middle of October the roadway of SW Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village will be getting a $1.7 million make over.  

The lion's share of the work will involve reconstructing, repaving, resurfacing and rebuilding along that one mile stretch.

A "full road reconstruction" will be done between SW 35th and SW 33rd.  From SW 32nd to SW Texas section of highway will be ground down and re-paved.  All along the work zone corner ramps will be upgraded if they're out of compliance with government regulations.

The median in front of Bishop's will be rebuilt and the owners of Bishop's will pay to have a sidewalk installed along the west side of their building.

Once the roadway's been rejuvenated the paint crews will come in.  The entire corridor will be restriped with bike "sharrows", which are technically known as Shared Lane Markings.  They are paintings on the pavement that indicate the potential presence of bikes but they aren't considered bike lanes. 

Those same crews will update current crosswalks and add news ones from SW 36th to SW 31st and at Canby, Miles and Texas Street.

Hannah Schaefer with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) e mailed this statement regarding the work set to begin in mid-May to the SW Connection:

"Construction will begin, per the request of the Multnomah Village Business Association, at the western end of the corridor at SW Capitol Highway and 36th Avenue and move eastward towards SW Texas Street.

"We are working with the business association to mitigate impacts as much as possible, including doing work on nights and weekends, but the exact details won't be available until we have chosen the contractor and have a schedule in place. Minimizing impacts to the business district as well as residents of the neighborhood is very important to us…"

She expects the first stage of the project (SW 36th to SW32) to take two months and thye second phase (SW 32nd to SW Texas) to take four months.

In a meeting last October with the Multnomah Village Business Association it was suggested that work be suspended for the weekend of Multnomah Days. PBOT has agreed to that request.

As the SW Connection went to press, the project was "going to bid", according to Schaefer , who  confirmed the latest budget estimate, "This is a Fixing Our Streets project with $1.7 million allocated from the program towards this project," she wrote.

Bill Gallagher

Editor

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