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I-5 widening funds coming to North Portland

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 9th, 2006 at 9:07 am

n. Portland Blvd.
[Bike lanes coming soon!]

As part of their Interstate 5/Delta Park widening project, ODOT allocated $1 million for "community enhancement projects."

Savvy activists Shamus Lynsky and Shayna Rehberg, working closely with Roger Geller and the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee, applied for some of this funding and I've just gotten the word from ODOT that their project has been approved!

Here's more from ODOT project manager Kate Dean:

"Everything looks good...unless we come across an unexpected hiccup in the cost estimates we plan to move forward with this project. We're working with PDOT to coordinate efforts and make sure everything goes smoothly."

This project (detailed plans below) will bring much needed improvements to a dangerous stretch of Portland Blvd., between Vancouver and Montana Avenues.

Portland Blvd. is a high-speed street and this stretch includes four freeway ramps and a dangerously awkward intersection just west of I-5. Also, this stretch of road is a primary route for neighborhood to access the new New Seasons Market and other businesses at Portland and Interstate Blvds.

The project cost is estimated at $90,000 and would go toward striping new bike lanes (which will narrow motor vehicle lanes), installing curb ramps, and a bike-only traffic signal.

Shamus and Shayna deserve our gratitude for their hard work and they are a great reminder of how all of us can make a difference for traffic safety in our neighborhoods.

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  • Anonymous June 9, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    God I hate the bikers, what taxs are they paying that deserves more of the road? Bild more roads for what they are supposed to be used for, being driven on by cars.

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  • Aaron June 9, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    How unsurprising that the autohaulic who's visiting this site is too cowerdly to put down his name AND doesn't know how to spell. See people who don't know how to spell 'build' will not be accepted for public grants.
    Happy Pedalpalooza everyone :-)

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  • crankers June 9, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    *Yawn*

    I wish the trolls would spend a little more time constructing a proper inflammatory post. What a bore.

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  • organic brian June 11, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    By the way, any cyclist who has a job and pays taxes, especially property owners, subsidizes infrastructure for motorists, not the other way around.

    Cyclists, never let the car-dependents get away with spreading this myth. Tell them that if all the costs of transportation infrastructure were paid by them, either it would cost another two to seven bucks per gallon for gas, or it would cost many thousands of dollars to register a motor vehicle. The range is quite a bit, depending on what "costs" are considered, which can include military support to maintain imports, and increased health care costs due to illnesses caused by automobile pollution.

    Some resources:

    vtpi.org

    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohim/hs03/htm/hf10.htm

    http://www.commissionersam.com/sam_adams/2006/04/bicycle_expendi.html

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  • [...] Compared to dangerous crossings at Portland Blvd* to the south and Lombard to the North (both include freeway exits and onramps), the Bryant Street bridge is the safest way to cross the freeway and is a key community connector to parks, light rail and local markets. *[Note: Portland Blvd. will see major safety improvements as part of the same ODOT enhancement program. Read my report here.] The bridge is also a vital link between the Piedmont neighborhood and Chief Joseph elementary school, which will be part of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program in 2007. [...]

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