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ODOT will make improvements to I-205 path at Glisan, Maywood Park and Stark/Washington this summer

Posted by on March 20th, 2018 at 10:45 am

Umm yeah. The I-205 path at Glisan is very sad.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Several sections of the I-205 path will be updated by the Oregon Department of Transportation this year.

As part of a larger I-205 widening and repaving project ODOT plans to make upgrades to the adjacent multi-use path in Maywood Park, at NE Glisan, and at the SE Stark/Washington crossing. They will also stripe new bike lanes and crossings on the SE Johnson Creek Blvd overpass.

Here are the details…

Maywood Park repaving

Streetview looking south on path through Maywood Park.

The path in this location has several bumps and cracks due to tree roots which ODOT says are a “safety concern”. With $645,000 allocated for the project, ODOT says they’ll also upgrade curb ramps to make them more easily accessible for people with disabilities, add new signage (including the all-important “no motorized vehicles”), and install center-line striping. The need for striping might be related to this section being slightly downhill in the northbound direction which often leads to high speeds and increases a risk of collisions.

ODOT Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison Jessica Horning tells us the project was funded via a small, one-time program in the 2016-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Interestingly, last summer we heard from reader Ken S. that he suffered severe injuries while riding on this section of the path. He was biking southbound at the sharp, blind curve in the path at NE 96th and Mason (right where that tree is in the photo above) while two people riding abreast were coming the opposite direction. Ken said the nearby residents who responded keep a first-aid kit on-hand because collisions are so common at this location. ODOT says this current project will only address repaving and ADA ramps and that the alignment of the path won’t change.

It’s also worth noting that this section of the path is one of the main access points for the increasingly popular Gateway Green Bike Park, which doesn’t have a car parking lot or any direct automobile access.

Construction on this project is set to start in fall 2018 and should take a few months. Impacts to trail use will only last two weeks and there will be detours in place. ODOT is hosting an open house tomorrow (3/21) at Mt. Hood Community College (10100 NE Prescott Street, Room #144) where you can ask questions and learn more about what’s in store.

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NE Glisan Intersection

If the right-turning drivers don’t get you, the potholes or the debris might.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Everyone who has ridden the northern I-205 path remembers crossing Glisan. It’s absolutely terrible. We are very happy to hear that ODOT is finally doing something about this.

The path at this location dumps people right onto a very busy arterial crosswalk. That’s bad enough. What makes it even worse is that automobile users constantly bully everyone else by encroaching into the crosswalks in their selfish haste to get on or off the two I-205 freeway ramps. And because this is such a car-centric place, the roads are usually full of debris, potholes, and cracks.

Not surprisingly, ODOT’s Horning says the changes that are coming have been, “informed by the crash history at that location”.

Before/after compliments of ODOT.

(Graphic: ODOT)

The changes will include: ADA-compliant curb ramps and upgraded beg buttons; a realignment of the crosswalks; widening the path/sidewalks on both sides of Glisan to 12-feet; and improving the visibility of the path by adding new LED lights, reflectors and signage. To encourage a base level of civility in drivers, ODOT will add special stop signs that aim to prevent right turns across the path (see image).

Unfortunately this project will result in the closure of the path between the Gateway Transit Center and Glisan for about 28 days during construction. A detour will be signed to guide path users to NE 99th.

SE Stark and Washington

(Graphic: ODOT)

Another bad crossing exists where the path meets up with Stark and Washington. Path users must cross two large arterials via unprotected crosswalks and a narrow sidewalk. ODOT appears to have just minimal upgrades planned at this location: they will widen the crosswalks to “allow for easier crossing for both pedestrians and bicycles.”

You can learn more about the Maywood Park project here and view a PDF fact sheet of the other projects here. Details on tomorrow’s open house are posted on the BikePortland Calendar.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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dan de vriend
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dan de vriend

I regularly ride from Gateway Transit Center to 162nd, and I gave up on the 205 path. I would rather ride 102nd bike lane to Burnside. Too much broken glass and awkward crossings. Hope it improves things.

dan
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dan

Has anyone been riding the 205 path somewhat regularly between the Glenn Jackson and Division? Any safety concerns from homeless camps? I’m thinking about using it as a commuting route in the summer but don’t really want to get jumped for my trailer or bike.

Cory P
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Cory P

I am really looking forward to these changes. This is definitely the worst stretch of the 205 path.

Glenn F
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Glenn F

just re-doing some curbs and adding signage at Glisan is a joke..
I avoid this intersection at all cost and just detour to 99th in that area..
as Hilly as the 205 path is already why not put a fly over/under for this street..?
and can they start sweeping these bike lanes more frequently, glass and metal shards everywhere..I don’t ride out Burnside anymore due to all the tires puncturing glass from I205 to 181st

Jamie
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Jamie

Project managers on this should replace the new-fangled crossing buttons (mounted on the wrong side of the pole) with traditional buttons that do not require stepping outside of your path of travel to activate.

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

Improving the route to/from the airport at the south end of the Glen Jackson bridge, including signage to/from the Airport Way bike path to the terminal, would be helpful. Northbound traffic should be advised that this is the last exit off the I-205 path before the bridge. The crossings at Sandy, Gilsan, and Stark/Washington are also adjacent to busy freeway interchanges, and all of them need safety improvements, especially for right turns by cars onto the northbound freeway. (Sandy is especially bad during rush hour in this regard.) Glisan needs slower speed limits and enforcement between 102 Av. and I-205. Eastbound traffic on Glisan often tries to beat the stoplight at the northbound freeway onramp. These crosswalks could be brick surface, a la the downtown transit mall, with yellow borders, not white, for increased visibility. The trail could also use better guide signage, too.

John
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Glenn F
just re-doing some curbs and adding signage at Glisan is a joke.. I avoid this intersection at all cost and just detour to 99th in that area.. as Hilly as the 205 path is already why not put a fly over/under for this street..? and can they start sweeping these bike lanes more frequently, glass and metal shards everywhere..I don’t ride out Burnside anymore due to all the tires puncturing glass from I205 to 181stRecommended 2

Agreed… the headline got me excited but the changes at Glisan are pathetic. It is absolutely horrible. I cannot think of a worse crossing for a bike path.

igor
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igor

I ride this stretch all the time. The improvements I’d like to see are:

• An ADA ramp at the north end of NW Maywood place. That would let me ride downhill on the street and easily access the bike path just before Prescott. Due to bumps, curves and traffic, I’d rather ride the street in that stretch.

•Better access from the Gateway transit center to the bike path. Someone (TriMet?) put up a fence between the transit center and the bike path. Going south bikers now have to come within a couple feet of the tracks to access the path.

•Better policing of the path between Burnside and Stark. There’s wall between the path and the freeway, and that section is always full of detritus, often dark at night, and has become popular with the homeless. I’ve seen plenty of needles and needle activity while riding that stretch.

•Some sort of solution to avoid right-hooks going south at Stark. Cyclists come out from behind the wall, and cars are flying up the offramp next to them. If the light is green, cars will make a quick right turn without looking for bikes.

•Have crosswalk walk/don’t walk signs coordinate with the signals at Stark and Washington. Those signs only seem to change when the button is pressed, so when going north, for instance, it’s possible to cross Washington with a green light, and arrive at Stark, where traffic seems to have a green (the light can’t be seen by cyclists going north since the adjacent street is one-way south). Cyclists either have to stop, press the button and get a walk light in the next cycle, or cross their fingers that the light won’t change as they cross Stark. If the walk/don’t walk signs coordinated (or counted down) with the light, then cyclists could know if it were safe to cross without stopping.

David Hampsten
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Technically the Glisan crossing is PBOT, who apparently have a plan AND funding to properly fix the crossing, but still no will to do it, political or otherwise. So it’s nice to see ODOT step up and do a few fixes, even if they are just cosmetic; perhaps to guilt-trip PBOT into doing their part? Whatever works.

CaptainKarma
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CaptainKarma

Seems to me that the yellow thermoplastic at a spot where bicycles will be makinh a 90° turn onto or off of the path via the crosswalks is a rscipe for disaster when the pads are wet, which is highly likely 40% of the time here. Add the oils and chemicals combustion will deposit in the area, double jeporady. I know they are an ADA requirement, but not sure that it will be a good situation.

Catie
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Catie

The 205 path is on my bike commute, and the Glisan St improvement seems hardly better. Without banning right turn on reds, or making the path for bikes significantly larger this will continue to be a difficult section to navigate. When headed southbound, it is impossible to cross the street on bike and make the 90 degree turn on the narrow sidewalk while staying mounted on my bike. If there are multiple bikes crossing at once it is impossible to fit on the path and I take the lane instead. Has the project manager every ridden this stretch before? I’d need a couple more feet of sidewalk pavement separating me from the constant stream of turning cars to make waiting at this intersection remotely comfortable.

jeff
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jeff

any plans to pick up all the homeless garbage currently clogging up the path in that location?

Matt M
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Matt M

Nice to see ODOT making some improvements. It sure would be nice if they would fill in the missing gap of the 205 path down in Clackamas county.

dan de vriend
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dan de vriend

I just rode it again last night. So slow. Yeah 102nd bike lane is faster. Almost crashed into some dudes smoking a bowl too. It’s a nice idea but…

Clare
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Clare

So glad the NE Glisan intersection is getting some attention! It’s always scary, and that’s where my husband fell and broke his elbow a couple years back.

Douglas K
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Douglas K

My own preference would be to re-align the bike path to go under Glisan and up a new ramp to connect to the Burnside viaduct, but I’m sure that’s far beyond anyone’s budget.

Eric Porter
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Eric Porter

Just rode through here today. Not too impressed. Somehow I thought more was being done. I ride south on the path to Glisan. Then cross the on ramp headed west. There are new curb ramps, but the traffic signal hasn’t been changed. The west-bound/right-turning on-ramp traffic got a green light right when I got the walk signal. A few second head start would be a lot safer.

Tom Howe (Contributor)
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A group of five of us came upon the I-205 Path Glisan crossing last night going South and were surprised to find the Walk signal gone and crosswalk button disabled. Didn’t see any signage beforehand. We figured a way across further East on the sidewalk, but this could be hazardous if someone still tries to cross at the path as it’s completely torn out on the South side. ODOT should put up barricades so people don’t encounter this unexpectedly. Here’s the detour I imagine they already have planned but have not yet implemented:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29001866

Eric Porter
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Eric Porter

Back again. Still not impressed with the changes at Glisan. It seems there’s a new north-south crossing signal that’s not quite running yet. Cars turning right/north onto the highway barely even slow down. I pressed the “upgraded beg button” but all that did was give me a walk signal at the same time the light turned green and three cars sped right past me in the crosswalk. There are currently a bunch of orange bollards there along the way-too-big-of-a-radius corner. Those seem to be doing more good than anything else.