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City to repave section of Ankeny neighborhood greenway

Posted by on March 10th, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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Section set for repaving.

There has been much debate about whether the Portland Bureau of Transportation should prioritize investments in “safety” or “maintenance.” The terms of that debate are code for the same old “us vs. them” dichotomy that poisons many of the transportation discussions in this town: “Safety” is where all the biking and walking projects reside and “maintenance” is where all the major arterial paving, bridge rehabs, and generally car-centric projects dwell.

I’ve always tried to avoid that divisive thinking. I’m fine if all the money goes to maintenance projects — as long as those projects are prioritized with not just driving in mind.

Now, I’m happy to report that PBOT is paving a neighborhood greenway, specifically because it is a known and popular route for bicycling.

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According to a statement released today, PBOT has already started to grind down the existing pavement on SE Ankeny between SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Sandy. It’s a short stretch (about 1/3 of a mile), but it’s a key bicycling connection.

PBOT spokesperson Diane Dulken told us today that “Neighborhood greenways are a priority for us to maintain.”

The work is expected to last until March 13th.

During the construction, bicycle riders should detour south to SE Ash Street.

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Adam H.
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Adam H.

How is the construction detour? As we are all aware, PBOT hasn’t been great with detours and construction reconfigurarions recently.

Alexis
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Alexis

I’d rather have a safer/more protected way to cross Sandy at that intersection than smoother paving. Just my opinion.

MaxD
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MaxD

I ride this regularly, and I think that re-paving is a bit of a luxury! The pavement was in good condition. They also demolished and rebuilt ALL the curb ramps which were in good condition! I echo Alexis’ thought: I would much rather these resources were used to create a safe crossing at Sandy!

WD
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WD

This does seem a little odd. As MaxD said, the sections they’re repaving aren’t all that bad to begin with and the City isn’t even addressing the worst section of Ankeny, from 2nd to 3rd, where the street is still cobblestone.

lahar
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lahar

I agree Ankeny seemsed to be in fine shape pavement wise, but Sandy street crossing is scary. When I saw the repaving this morning, I assumed they were repaving because of all of the condos and infill that is being built and built and built.

Hazel
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Hazel

I just walked by Ankeny at SE Grand and I didn’t see any detour signs. Just a “Bikes in Roadway” sign.

theknitcycle
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They’re repaving THAT stretch? I commute on the Ankeny/Couch/Davis/Everett/Davis Greenway out to the high 70’s, and after around 39th, the idea that this particular route is any kind of “priority to maintain” is laughable. The pavement is in terrible condition, and a couple of the intersections are laid out in such a way that it’s not possible to see the cross traffic. You just have to guess and hope.

I’ll take safety improvements over silky pavement any day, and for sure the Sandy crossing needs help, but if they’re going to put the money into repaving this route and claim that it has anything to do with the Greenway status rather than catering to to the fancy new condos, why spend it on the portion of the route that needs it the least?

resopmok
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resopmok

Forgive my asking but isn’t this sort of an obsolete route? Unless people are coming from the east waterfront, isn’t it easier to take the burnside lane through to 15th? I always found crossing sandy to be a hassle, especially during rush hour, and then again at 12th. Before the bike lane went all the way to 13th on Burnside, I used to turn right coming off the bridge and ride this section of Ankeny, but not anymore.

PeeJay
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PeeJay

You know how much longer the paving would last if the city actually prevented cars from using bike boulevards as cut-throughs? A lot longer, that’s how much. I’d be fine if they never paved them again, if we could keep car travel to local traffic only. Think of the savings!

Spiffy
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Spiffy

they just repaved a decent section of SE Holgate from about 75th to 80th, but Woodward between 59th and 62nd still feels like riding on an old country road… Woodward in that area is more like a complete network of patches rather than one paved section… it’s been that way for years…

Kimberlee
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Kimberlee

Any chance they will do the same to NE Holman? I often reflect on the overlap of safety and maintenance on Neighborhood Greenways as I am jostled along that street.

Buzz
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Buzz

Is this really the section of ‘greenway’ that needs this work the most? I don’t think so, and I’m sure BikePortland readers can come up with many higher priority areas for repair…

Dwaine Dibbly
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Dwaine Dibbly

Anybody get any pothole photos before the grinding began? It would be useful to have proof that this isn’t simply a bicycling project but is needed maintenance, too, for all users of that stretch of roadway.

John Liu
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John Liu

Apparently we bikey folks can complain about anything.

Adam
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Adam

Got to make it smoother and easier for all those auto vehicles driving down Ankeny to avoid Burnside/Couch couplet!!!

For that money, we could have had like, TEN diverters.

Angry.