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ODOT starts work on new paths and better bike access near Kenton

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 9:52 am

A new signal to facilitate left turns from southbound Denver Ave to eastbound on Schmeer will allow ODOT to turn the existing access lane into a biking and walking-only path.

A $4 million Oregon Department of Transportation project that will improve bicycle access between Kenton, the Columbia Slough path, Portland International Raceway and other destinations is set to begin on Tuesday April 14th.

The work will take place on a one-mile section of N Denver Ave between Victory Blvd and Argyle St (OR-99W in this location). ODOT says they first identified the need for this project back in 2006 when a study found, “poor sight lines for drivers, deficient turning movements, gaps in the bike and pedestrian paths and poor conditions of Denver Avenue bridge decks and railings.”

As we shared last July, the three big changes you’ll notice if you ride a bicycle in this area are a major re-alignment of Schmeer Road where it connects to the Columbia Slough path, new bike lanes on the Denver Ave bridge over Columbia Blvd., and a new path adjacent to PIR from Victory Blvd to Argyle St (at the north end of downtown Kenton).


Here’s a more detailed rundown of the changes via ODOT:

• Realign the N. Schmeer Road and N. Denver Avenue intersection and install a traffic signal
• Realign the southbound ramp from N. Victory Boulevard to N. Denver Avenue and add a stop sign
• Make the one-way undercrossing from N. Denver Avenue to N. Schmeer Road into a two-way
shared-use path
• Add a two-way shared-use path between N. Victory Boulevard and N. Schmeer Road on the west side
of N. Denver Avenue for cyclists and pedestrians
• Resurface the bridge decks and rehabilitate the expansion joints
• Replace the railing and crash barrier on the N. Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge

As someone who rides around here quite a bit between racing and attending events at PIR and enjoying the family-friendly paths in the area, I can’t wait for these changes to happen!

Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2015. For more information, check out the official project page at

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  • RH April 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Very cool . This is great news!

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  • Champs April 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

    As someone more likely riding to Delta Park and beyond, I’d prefer to have *anything* on Whitaker, but I guess that’s not ODOT’s problem.

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    • Psyfalcon April 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

      The park’s N. Denver to Whitaker is always fun if you want to make a left. Either an illegal (though with a center median cut) left or a crosswalk u turn.

      This fixes a lot of east- west problems, but its still really tough getting to/from the interstate bridge without riding on terrible roads. Delta Park to Vancouver Ave is one of the better ways.

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    • Art Fuldodger April 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      This would be a good request to call in to PBoT (503-823-SAFE). With this development, and the new path east to Vancouver (with a spur that goes to Schmeer/Whitaker) providing something on Whitaker to help get bicyclists to Delta Park would be a really good idea.

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  • matt picio April 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Glad to see this project about to break ground. Been hearing about it for a while and eagerly awaiting it!

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  • Andyc of Linnton April 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Good news!

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  • Steve April 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, only nine years later. Great job ODOT.

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  • Todd Boulanger April 10, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    YEA!!! its been a long dark period riding on the crumbly Denver viaduct’s sparked concrete and across its javelin like expansion joints,

    Any chance for the pavement overlay work on the viaduct to add an extra lift of coloured asphalt to raise the bike lanes above the travel lanes? The SB lane also functions as a sidewalk too.

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  • dmc April 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I ride this route every day. What great news!

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  • Matt April 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Excellent news! I ride this route frequently. No more playing frogger across Denver.

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