Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 16th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
The City of Portland and counties throughout the region are busy putting their project wish lists together to apply for about $22.5 million in federal grants. The money is distributed by Metro and is part of a $70 million pot known as regional flexible funds.
Of that money, the City of Portland will get about $6.6 million to spend on bicycling and walking projects. On Friday, PBOT released the five projects they’ve identified for funding so far. They also announced a public meeting on June 1st to discuss the projects and hear your feedback.
Here are the five projects on PBOT’s list:
- East Portland Active Transportation to Transit, Areawide Improvements ($3.25 million)
Improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities with a focus on access to transit in the area south of I‐84, north of Foster Rd and east of I‐205. Funds would pay for variety of projects including bikeways, sidewalks, improved crossings, and even promotional marketing of the facilities after they are installed.
- Sullivan’s Gulch Trail, Design (partial) ($1.25 million)
This money would be used to design segments of the Sullivan’s Gulch project from the Eastbank Esplanade to 28th Avenue and from 42nd to 82nd Avenues. The City has already started the process to create a concept plan for the project and this design money would be contingent on that process coming up with a feasible alignment.
- Bike Sharing Program ($2 million)
This is the PBOT bike-share system we’ve covered recently. As it stands today, the proposal is for a 740 bike, 74 kiosk system that would provide free/low-cost bicycles in an area that mimics the Central City Streetcar loop (on both sides of the river). Total project cost (part of which would come from user fees and private partners) is $4 million.
- Barbur Blvd Streetscape/Pedestrian Plan Phase 1 ($2 million)
This project would build out elements of the Barbur Streetscape Plan which was adopted by the City of Portland in 1999.
- Foster Road Safety Enhancements ($1.25 million)
This project would bring traffic safety improvements (primarily bike/walk crossing treatments) to three areas along SE Foster Road: SE 63rd to 67th, the “Heart of Foster”; SE 72nd Ave, the “Green Link”; and SE 80th to 84th, the “Crossroads District.” The Portland Development Commission would put in $2 million of urban renewal area funds.
These are all important projects and PBOT wants to hear what you think about them. You’ll notice that they add up to more than $6.6 million, so not everything will be funded.
Come to the meeting on June 1 from 6 to 8:00 pm at The Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor, Room B) to ask questions and share your input directly with City staff.