ODOT unveils plans for major changes to Kenton-PIR-Delta Park connection

Detail of ODOT plans for a new bike path
adjacent to Denver Ave.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is entering the design phase of a project that will bring major changes to bicycling conditions between the Kenton neighborhood, N Denver Ave, and connections to Schmeer Road and Portland International Raceway (PIR).

On the project website, ODOT says the changes come from issues with traveling in the area that were first identified through a study completed during their I-5 Delta Park Project in 2006. That study, says ODOT, “pointed out multiple safety and operational concerns along the Denver Avenue corridor, including poor sight lines for drivers, deficient turning movements, gaps in bicycle/pedestrian paths, and the poor conditions of the Denver Avenue bridge decks and railings.” ODOT won $2.5 million for the estimated $4 million project through the 2012-2015 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program.

Denver Ave is a key connection between the growing Kenton neighborhood and PIR, as well as a main corridor for folks headed northbound to Vancouver via Delta Park. This project covers about a one-mile long stretch and will come with big changes, including a new dedicated bike path. These changes will also connect to a City of Portland project that has recently paved a new portion of the Columbia Slough path between Denver and the Vancouver Ave Bridge (more on that later).

Here’s what’s in store (from ODOT):

Roadway Improvements

Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements

Bridge Rehabilitation

Community Enhancement

Download the full project map here (PDF). Construction is due to start summer of 2014.

As you can see, there’s a lot to talk about! This is an exciting opportunity to improve bicycling in this area. To learn more about it and ask ODOT your questions, they’re hosting an open house on October 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Kenton Firehouse (8105 N. Brandon Ave).

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