Construction will detour bikes off SE Clinton for up to a month

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Late Friday the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services issued a revision of their construction detour plans that will impact bicycle travel on SE Clinton between 33rd place and 35th Avenue.

The bureau’s Clinton Green Street project, which is replacing 3,800 feet of 100 year-old sewer pipe and adding bioswales and other stormwater retention elements, will close Clinton to both bicycling and driving. BES says bicycle riders will be detoured south one block to SE Woodward and car drivers will be directed north to SE Division.

The closure will be active Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn more about this project at the BES website.

If you have questions or comments, get in touch with Matt Gough at BES:

    Matt Gough
    Community Outreach and Information
    City of Portland Environmental Services
    1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000
    Portland, Oregon 97204
    Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622
    Email: Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov
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CaptainKarma
CaptainKarma
9 years ago

Time to sharrow Division, 20 mph max.

Chris I
Chris I
9 years ago
Reply to  CaptainKarma

Woodward doesn’t work?

Alex Reed - BikeLoudPDX

Well, blast! As of early last week, the plan was to close Clinton in that stretch to cars but not bikes (bikes would have a narrower area but still two-way to navigate). I guess BES/PBOT decided to change that….

Alex Reed - BikeLoudPDX

I’m sure BikeLoud will be asking for something w.r.t. this. Not sure we can change the closure. I would like the City to do what they can to make sure that cars don’t follow the “bike” detour. Anyone have any ideas on concrete steps the City could take toward that end?

Alan 1.0
Alan 1.0
9 years ago

“Anyone have any ideas on concrete steps the City could take toward that end?”

Jeopardy: What is a DIVERTER? (you answered your own question. 🙂

Alex Reed - BikeLoudPDX
Reply to  Alan 1.0

There is that. But I suspect that people writing below are correct, and most people will bike on the sidewalk rather than ride 2 blocks out of their way.

Spiffy
9 years ago

a detour with a hill? this should go over well…

are they also closing the sidewalks on Clinton? because that’s where all the bikes will end up…

Charley
Charley
9 years ago
Reply to  Spiffy

Yeah. Ride the sidewalk.

Paul in The 'Couve
Paul in The 'Couve
9 years ago
Reply to  Charley

Or dismount and walk the side walk

Brian
Brian
9 years ago

Why would anyone walk their bike for two blocks when either riding to the detour, or riding on the sidewalk, would be faster? If you choose to legally ride the sidewalk, just do so with common sense.

A.K.
A.K.
9 years ago
Reply to  Spiffy

Hill? Woodward between 33rd and 35th hardly counts as a hill – I think there is a 10 ft elevation difference over the course of two blocks. Suck it up.

Yellow Vest
Yellow Vest
9 years ago
Reply to  A.K.

the hill from Clinton to Woodward. watch out and don’t get hit from behind by a car gunning it up there.

Kristen
Kristen
9 years ago
Reply to  Yellow Vest

It’s also very narrow, and you don’t get much visual warning of cars coming downhill from the south.

Doug Klotz
Doug Klotz
9 years ago

On the previous paving of Clinton several years ago, paving crews were yelling at cyclists who took the sidewalk, for not walking their bikes. I believe they had a sign saying Walk Bikes.

Doug Klotz

Psyfalcon
Psyfalcon
9 years ago
Reply to  Doug Klotz

Do their signs actually have any authority over what is normally a legal activity on a sidewalk they’re not actually digging in?

Paul Cole
Paul Cole
9 years ago
Reply to  Psyfalcon

Either way, isn’t it just common courtesy? Those sidewalks are fairly narrow and when there’s construction in the area it can get pretty crowded.

Alex Reed - BikeLoudPDX
Reply to  Paul Cole

I’d say it’s common courtesy if there are indeed people walking. If no one’s walking, the sidewalk there is fine for one-way slow-biking IMHO.

GlowBoy
GlowBoy
9 years ago

IMO it’s equally courteous to ride slowly and carefully as it is to walk. You’re actually wider when walking your bike than when riding it.

Adron @ Transit Sleuth

Curious if motorists will still try to make their way up the street and….

…ya know this is a perfect chance to put in some DIVERTERS already! 😀

Brad
Brad
9 years ago

Anyone know what the “pervious paving” consists of? Very curious.

Jacob
Jacob
9 years ago
Reply to  Brad

Most likely pervious concrete. Looks like a rice crispy treat.