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Paving project adds gravel, bumps and closures to 50s Bikeway route

Posted by on December 21st, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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52nd Avenue as of this morning.
(Photos by Benn Schonman)

With record rains and wind, Portland road users have had a lot to worry about recently. Now a popular bikeway is impacted by a maintenance project that’s expected to last two weeks.

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The Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced late Friday night that they’re starting a pavement preservation project on SE 52nd Avenue from Woodstock to Steele (about 0.4 miles). The project started this morning and is expected to last through January 4th.

According to PBOT the street will be an active work zone from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each word day.

This section of 52nd Avenue is a popular bike route that’s part of the 50s Bikeway that opened in the summer of 2014.

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While the road won’t be completely closed, PBOT says to expect a rough road surface. And keep in mind that lane striping has been torn up. “People riding bicycles should avoid the work zone, and either use alternate routes, open travel lanes or sidewalks,” PBOT says.

BikePortland reader Benn Schonman rolled up on the project this morning. He sent in some photos and offered this report:

“SE 52nd between Woodstock and Ramona are really chewed-up for repaving… lots & lots on gravel in bike path as well as all over both sides of road….no crew on site @ 10am.”

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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There are some pretty egregious sunken storm grates in the northbound bike lane between Harold and Foster. Anyone know if there are any in the section between Woodstock and Steele? If so, we should put pressure on the City to raise them to street level as part of this repaving.

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You have to break some eggs to make an omelet. The new pavement will be worth it. It is really a problem if one is using the wrong gear. If the tires you are riding on in the tempestuous Pacific Northwest are skinny, light and inflated to 120 PSI, then you are used to suffering road hazards and unfortunate circumstances. If you have plump street tires on your Fred sled then just roll on with business as usual.

Ben
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Ben

Couldn’t be worse than the terrifying stretch of pot-holed pavement on the Southwest corner of Foster and 52nd.

Chris I
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Chris I

Looks like a normal commute for me in outer-east Portland.

davemess
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davemess

The southern section from Flavel to Harney is also torn up (the steep hill down to johnson creek).
I was surprised they are repaving that section. It was in pretty good shape.
I am excited to see this section being repaved. The pavement was not great in some spots (esp. headed south). When they added the bike lanes, the lane shift left a lot of crappy pavement.

I think the new pavement will be worth a bit of inconvenience.

jeff
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jeff

Are we now complaining about normal road maintenance?

resopmok
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resopmok

SE 67th is a pretty good alternative. There is a light to cross Foster (though not Holgate), and it jogs at about Center to 65th. You can continue north from there to Woodward with a light that crosses Powell. This route should be, in my opinion, marked as a neighborhood greenway.

Everett
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Everett

Perhaps while they are in the neighborhood, they could cruise up to the northbound bike lane, and paint a few bikes on the street in front of Toast. Every Sunday without fail there are several cars parked in the bike lane.

Brett
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Brett

… “expected to last through January 4th” Today is January 13th, and the road has looked the same for weeks… the grinding has been done, but little else. I know we had some weather, but this project looks stalled at this point… anyone know when this might wrap up?