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Two Portland projects in the running for over $3 million in TE funding

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 21st, 2011 at 2:13 pm

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has released a list of finalists that are in the running to receive $16 million in federal Transportation Enhancement funding. TE grants are made through the FHWA and are awarded every two years to projects that "strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, or environmental value of our transportation system."

Portland has two projects still in the running for these funds; the Clinton to the River project and a project that would improve biking and walking conditions to schools in East Portland. Below are summaries of both projects:

Clinton to the River

PBOT is requesting $1,902,761 to create a seamless 2.8 mile bicycle and pedestrian route adjacent to the planned Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail. This project will enhance safety and the quality of experience for bikers and pedestrians and reduce conflicts with all modes. The project addresses several barriers at the confluence of three bike and pedestrian routes that make connections in the area challenging and dangerous. The path will support the 2,500 daily users of the Clinton bikeway and accommodate the future demand once the Willamette River Bridge is constructed.

Safe Routes to Schools

PBOT is requesting $1,487,000 to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety to Gilbert Park Elementary, Gilbert Heights Elementary and Alice Ott Middle School, which together serve 2,000 students. The schools are situated in an incomplete grid of streets, with significant gaps in curb, sidewalk, and bicycle infrastructure. This project will provide much needed sidewalk infill, traffic calming, storm water management and bicycle marking improvements on SE Holgate and SE Ramona from 122nd Avenue to 136th Avenue.

From here, ODOT must further refine the project list. The 31 projects named as finalists represent $37 million in requests, which is over twice the amount available. Projects are selected through a process of public feedback, input from the TE Advisory Committee and scoring based on a set list of criteria. The Oregon Transportation Commission will make the final approvals at their meeting in Salem, on May 18th.

Download the full list of 31 TE grant finalist projects here (PDF).

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  • Nick V March 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I live in the inner SE but it seems to me that the outer SE needs to catch up as far as access to bike lanes, so I would have to vote for the project out at SE 122nd - SE 136th. Spread the bike love around.

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    • Jim Labbe March 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      I live in North Portland but work in outer SE... and totally agree. The Safe Routes to Schools project could tie in nicely with plans to develop the East Portland Neighborhood Greenways as well as other pedestrian improvement projects in the works.

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      • Jim Labbe March 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        But the Clinton to the River project looks mighty stellar too, I have to add.

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  • michweek March 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Ditto Nick V. I'd much rather improve current infrustructure instead of building new for a future new other project.

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  • Matt M. March 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Jonathan,
    Could you please provide us a link to the 12 finalists? Thank you!

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  • joe adamski March 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Safe crossings to Gilbert Park and Alice Ott are especially problematic, owning to the former East County beind developed for auto dominated transport. At the same time, these are the poorest communities, the folks that were dislodged by gentrification . I see it as an economic equity issue first.

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