Two important Portland projects are vying for funding through a grant process being led by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the deadline to offer your feedback is this Thursday, January 31st.
Of the seven projects in the running from Portland and Washington County, I think two deserve a closer look.
PBOT has requested $1.47 million to fund their North Williams Traffic Safety and Operations Project. This is the infamous Williams project that had humble beginnings over two years ago, but then took many unexpected twists and turns. What started out as a straightforward bikeway project with a budget to do only pavement markings and signage has morphed turned into a full-blown capital project that will include new traffic signals, curb extensions, and even the creation of a neighborhood greenway on nearby NE Rodney. (more…)
The City of Portland Parks & Recreation bureau continues to come under fire for their work on the North Portland Greenway Trail project. PP&R is in the process of designing the route of the paved path that will connect Kelley Point Park north of St. Johns to the Eastbank Esplanade in the central city. However, as we reported last month, many people are disappointed by the chosen alignment in the trail’s southern portion. Instead of staying along the Willamette River and creating a path away from auto traffic, PP&R has focused their efforts on what they consider a “near-term buildable” route on sections of busy, and sometimes narrow surface streets. The route, critics say, fails to live up to the vision and promise of the trail. (more…)
Portland Parks & Recreation is holding an open house for the North Portland Greenway Trail alignment project on January 9th. This event will be your chance to view the updated route maps. As we reported earlier this month, there are some big decisions on the table in terms of where Parks planners should focus their engineering and design efforts.
North Portland Greenway Open House
University of Portland, Chiles Center (5000 N. Willamette Blvd)
6:30 to 8:30 pm (presentation at 7:00pm) Official project website
The dream for the North Portland Greenway trail project has always been to extend the Eastbank Esplanade to St. Johns along the river. It was envisioned as a path that would be separated from motor vehicle traffic, just like Esplanade and Springwater exist today through the Central City.
Unfortunately, design and engineering of the project is moving forward with the assumption that the “trail” will actually be routed away from river and along busy, narrow, and dangerous roads.
“N. Greeley as an alternative to the Cement Road is unacceptable. The trail is to be a Willamette River Greenway Trail, not a tour of a truck route.” — NPGreenway statement
The alignment for the North Portland Greenway Trail project being proposed by the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau is continuing to draw sharp criticism from activists and advocacy groups.
PP&R is hosting an online comment form to get feedback, and — as the comments to our story yesterday make clear — many people are not impressed that several segments of the proposed alignment use heavily trafficked streets and conventional bike lanes. The idea of a “trail” — or what I prefer to call a path — is that people can expect a dedicated, non-motorized facility away form the dangers and stresses of automobiles. (more…)
This is big news for a big project that has been many years in the making. Over six years ago I recall attending the very first public meeting of this project. It was hosted by citizen volunteers calling themselves, “Friends of the Greenway.” That group morphed into the full-fledged non-profit “npGreenway” which is still going strong today. npGreenway did a ton of heavy lifting to advocate for this project and bring it to where it is today. (more…)
Local filmmaker Dan Kaufman has released a new video that takes viewers on a trip along the future location of the North Willamette River Greenway Trail. In the video (below), you’ll join the advocates from non-profit group npGreenway who are working towards making the trail — that will eventually connect the Eastbank Esplanade at the Steel Bridge with Cathedral Park in St. Johns — a reality…
Imagine when it goes all the way to St. Johns! (Photo: npGreenway)
Just about five years ago, a small group of Portlanders gathered for the first time to share an audacious vision — a dream to extend the Eastbank Esplanade north from the Steel Bridge to Cathedral Park in St. Johns. Since then, they’ve coalesced into npGreenway, a non-profit group that has matured right along with their project, turning what was once audacity into something that is closer to reality with each passing month. (more…)
Baltimore Woods looking south with St. Johns Bridge in the background. (Photo: NPGreenway)
Metro and the City of Portland have collaborated to purchase six acres of land north of the St. Johns Bridge where they plan to extend the Willamette River Greenway Trail by over one-third mile. The $1.9 million purchase was made possible by Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, the City of Portland’s Grey to Green initiative.
The land is an area known as Baltimore Woods and is located adjacent to N. Decatur Street at North Caitlin Avenue. A statement from Metro says the purchase will “help fill the gap between Cathedral and Pier parks.” (more…)