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Subscriber Post: First look at ODOT’s new Sunrise Corridor bikeway

Subscriber Post by Adam on July 28th, 2016 at 10:25 am

Part of the new bikeway built by ODOT as part of their Sunrise Corridor project. It opened on July 1st.(Photos: Adam Herstein)

Part of the new bikeway built by ODOT as part of their Sunrise Corridor project. It opened on July 1st.
(Photos: Adam Herstein)

This post was submitted by BikePortland subscriber Adam Herstein. These posts usually appear on our Subscriber Posts page but we like to share them here on the Front Page when appropriate. — Jonathan

ODOT has completed their Sunrise JTA Project which constructed a new 2.15 mile, four lane expressway at a cost of $130 million. As part of this project, bike improvements were constructed. I rode the new cycleway yesterday evening.

Here’s ODOT’s map of the new biking and walking paths:
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The new 2-mile cycleway was constructed to current standards and features complete grade separation at crossings, a large clear zone from the expressway, as well as concrete barriers when it runs along the roadway.

The path is well connected to the existing I-205 path, south of Clackamas Transit Center. Overall, the path is designed for cycling in mind, and lacks any sharp turns, steep climbs, or utility poles blocking the path. The ride is pleasant and passes through some green areas, along small streams, and even has a nice view of Mount Hood. The path ends unceremoniously at the intersection of OR-212 and SE 122nd Ave, but will benefit people who work in the industrial areas surrounding the project and want to cycle to work. It also works well for those who augment their trip using the Green Line, saving a potential bus transfer.

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Overall, it’s a well-designed cycleway from our state transportation agency.

— Adam Herstein, @AdamHerstein

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rick

Nice, but do we need new ODOT highway construction in order to build trails along new highways? Parts of highway 217 could effectively use bikeways.

Allan Rudwick
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I drove by this last Saturday afternoon- very devoid of traffic. Maybe we didn’t need to build the highway after all? Or maybe future traffic will justify it

Spiffy
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I’ve been through this area driving and wondering what all the construction was causing me navigation issues…

now I see it’s a wasted $130 million project just so suburbanites have a shorter queue getting onto the freeway because they chose to live so far away from their jobs…

I just can’t be happy about the bicycling part of it…

ethan
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ethan

I have a question about this entire project. It’s basically an express route between two highways that were already connected, right? So instead of staying on the highway and exiting to another highway, now there is a more direct route.

But they built the bikeway to have the same kind of route as the original highways, right? Meaning that if you bike on this trail, you need to get off of it and onto a local street to continue.

So what was the point of the highway in the first place? If a short trail to local streets is deemed good enough for bikes, shouldn’t that deem the previous highway as good enough for freight and cars?

I just don’t understand this project.

MB
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MB

yeah not sure why they did not run the east end of this to an existing light at like 130th instead….

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

Nice, but based on the pix, there seems to be a lack of guide signs along the Bikeway right now. Maybe ODOT hasn’t installed them yet? At least they posted the east end of the Bikeway. That’s a start! This, hopefully, will be extended to points east someday.

JJJ
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The placement of the highway cobra lights such as they also illuminate the bike path is a nice touch that many engineers do not do when designing these facilities.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

It’s a rare day Adam H doesn’t have criticism for something…so this MUST be a nice facility.

bradwagon
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bradwagon

A little off topic but I used to work in the building that was in the way of them building the 205 / Sunrise Expy interchange exactly how they wanted too. (Check out the “Full Build”… http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/sunrise/sunrise_feis_pa.pdf)

Rather than paying to move the relatively small company and build a new main bridge and interchange they decided to snake it over the existing (old 82nd) bridge and wind it between the buildings.

I can only assume they will eventually want to build it out as they orginially planned and waste more money on a 2 mile highway extension. That said the bike path does look great… although it is a bummer it couldn’t connect directly to the 205 path (looking at map you need to use 8th and lawnfield to connect the two).

B. Carfree
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B. Carfree

Hmm, looking at the fences/walls in the photos, ODOT didn’t even follow their own low standards for bike path edge obstacles.

It would be nice if we would raise our game to California’s standards. Then we wouldn’t have walls right on the edge (not allowed in CA) or light poles right up against the edge (again, not allowed by CA standards) and there would be a rideable clear zone on each side.

If we designed our bike paths for success (read high number of riders), we might actually get that success without all the fighting that is oh so common regarding people’s behavior on our overly-narrow paths with so many edge issues. We’re designing in long-term failure.

Quinn
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It would be a great loop to ride IF the 212 had a path out to Boring. Could then ride 50 mile lollipop route from downtown portland entirely on path (Springwater to Boring, 212 back to 205 path, 205 path back to Springwater, Springwater back to central Portland). Probably just a dream.
Also I found that this path is not yet on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/eyN8vLET7Dv

Matt- Bike Milwaukie
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It’s nice that the bike path section of this got built…. however it would have been much nicer if ODOT had instead used that money to connect the missing section of the 205 bike path (between 224 and 212) which would have gotten much more use than this new, disconnected path. Someday perhaps 🙁

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Matt- Bike Milwaukie
It’s nice that the bike path section of this got built…. however it would have been much nicer if ODOT had instead used that money to connect the missing section of the 205 bike path (between 224 and 212) which would have gotten much more use than this new, disconnected path. Someday perhaps 🙁
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It would be nice, but connecting that section isn’t practical – there’s no right of way to work with between I-205 and the adjacent homes. Unfortunately the routing to 82nd is necessary, but at least the route there from the SB I-205 path has been greatly improved.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

So I want to take my bike to ride this Sunrise Expressway… where do I park my vehicle???