Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on July 25th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Southeast Portlanders are split over how to handle a big choice for the Lents area, surrounding the intersection of 92nd Avenue and Foster Road: keep Foster at its current four standard vehicle lanes, or cut it to three in order to add bike lanes and wider sidewalks?
Or, put another way: if a redesigned Foster Road needs to transition from three to four auto lanes somewhere, should that happen east of Lents, west of it, or two blocks from the middle of its commercial area?
The project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets tonight to hash it out, so we thought it was time to get you up to speed about the options and hear from a few members of the committee…
Here’s how Foster is designed now between 80th and 90th avenues (apologies for the low-res graphics):
Last month at an open house the city shared a few other concepts for this stretch of street, one with buffered bike lanes:
One with three lanes, bike lanes and auto parking:
And one with four auto lanes, no parking and a narrow bike lane:
In a blog post earlier this month, Foster area resident Nick Falbo argued that if Lents stakeholders don’t achieve consensus soon, they’ll lose out on a precious chance to win city dollars that could improve their stretch of road. Falbo, for his part, thinks the answer is three auto lanes throughout.
“Three lanes west of 82nd and four lanes east of 82nd will only exaggerate the barrier that 82nd presents and strengthen the divide between our neighborhoods,” Falbo wrote.
Nick Christensen, chair of the Lents Neighborhood Association and one of Falbo’s colleagues on the Foster stakeholder advisory committee, agrees that changing the lane alignment will draw a line through the neighborhood — which is exactly why he thinks Foster should retain four auto lanes not only in Lents, but into central Portland, too.