After shopping the idea around to neighborhood associations and various advisory committees, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun their $170,000 Lincoln-Harrison Neighborhood Greenway project in earnest. They launched the official website for the project last week and have announced two open houses in the coming months.
As we reported back in August, this project will aim to bring Portland’s most popular neighborhood bikeway corridors up to current greenway standards. Between SE Clay and 64th, Lincoln-Harrison has more bicycle traffic than any other neighborhood greenway with 4,230 daily bicycle trips on SE Harrison at Ladd (as of 2013). Unfortunately the same reasons it’s popular with bicycle riders — an oasis from busier streets nearby, proximity to fast-growing residential and commercial corridors, and direct connections to downtown — has made it popular with car drivers.
In order to reduce the speed and number of drivers and return one of its original neighborhood greenways (first designated in the late 1980s) to its former glory, PBOT has a host of major changes in store. The project will add automobile diversion at three new intersections and beef up diversion at an existing one. The goal is to reduce the number of driving trips to 1,500 vehicles per day (or a maximum of 2,000 in limited sections).
Below is a look at updated drawings for diversion at 20th,
In addition to diversion, the project will include: 31 new speed bumps, four speed cushions (for emergency vehicle access), improved biking and walking signage, and three updated crossing treatments — including a push-button activated flashing beacon to help bicycle riders cross at SE 60th.
PBOT has launched an online survey and will host two open houses in the coming months:
➤ Wednesday, November 8, 5:00-7:00 pm – St Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave
➤ Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Atkinson Elementary School, 5800 SE Division St
Construction is set to being Spring-Summer of 2018.
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