Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on March 30th, 2007 at 4:19 pm
The intersection of N Willamette Blvd and N Rosa Parks Way (formerly known as N Portland Blvd.) is slated for construction of what PDOT refers to as “a bicycle and pedestrian refuge/auto channeling island.”
According to their press release, the construction will begin tomorrow and should conclude by the end of April.
Money for this project came from PDOT’s Community and Schools Traffic Safety Partnership.
Neighborhood residents made their dissatisfaction known during a North Portland budget meeting with Sam Adams and PDOT Director Sue Kiel back in January. They say it is unsafe because some motorists do not respect the right turn only sign when heading north on Willamette onto Rosa Parks Way, a move that will be impossible with the new median.
This median should also help reduce speeds, which is another major concern of residents in the area.
Bicyclists are advised to expect delays and possible temporary lane restrictions and detours during the construction.