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PBOT closes major bikeway on SE Clinton for repaving project

Posted by on October 16th, 2018 at 2:19 pm

PBOT’s recommended detour routes around the repaving on Clinton.
(Graphic: BikePortland)

Be advised that the Portland Bureau of Transportation is repaving SE Clinton Street from 21st to 26th and the road will be closed to bicycling from today through the 24th.

Here’s the official notice:

The traveling public is advised to expect delays during project work hours, normally 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and expect to follow detour routes. Consider using alternate routes if possible, through Oct. 24.

During work hours, the following detours will direct bicycle and vehicle traffic:

Eastbound travelers will go south at SE 21st, east on SE Taggart St, and north on SE 26th to return to SE Clinton St.
Westbound travelers will go north at SE 26th Ave, west on SE Ivon St, and south on SE 21st Ave to return to SE Clinton St.

For comfort and safety, people riding bicycles are encouraged to use the detour routes at all times, even when work crews are not present. There will be times when the ground street surface is left unattended, and such conditions can be difficult or uncomfortable for people biking.


During work hours, travelers will need to park on side streets and walk to access businesses and other destinations on Clinton Street. Motor vehicles and bicycle traffic will be kept out of the street to ensure safety for crews and the public. Businesses with specific access needs, such as for deliveries, should contact crews on the scene for safe access.

Crews will repave 0.7 lane mile of street surface. Clinton is a neighborhood greenway, a street with low-traffic volumes and speeds, where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors are given priority.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all traffic control signage and obey directions from flaggers and other work crew members. Use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

Clinton is a very popular neighborhood greenway route so we hope the detour routes remain safe for bicycle riders for the coming week. It will be great to have it all smoothed out! If you ride here regularly, let us know how the project is treating you.

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

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    David Hampsten October 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    All the arrows on your map need to be reversed to conform to the PBOT travel directions. Your arrows indicate a British left-hand drive direction.

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    9watts October 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t recall any irregularities. Did it really need repaving?


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      David Hampsten October 16, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      A lot of repaving is done to streets in “fair” shape to keep them from getting worse. Any of us could easily name lots of streets that need it more, but chances are those same streets are beyond the fixes needed just by grinding and repaving, that they may actually need to be rebuilt.

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    Bald One October 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    “Clinton is a neighborhood greenway, a street with low-traffic volumes and speeds, where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors are given priority.”

    Has anyone informed the #10 bus of this apparent policy?

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      Hello, Kitty October 16, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Yes. The #10 bus knows.

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      Betsy Reese October 18, 2018 at 1:13 am

      When advocates have asked to have the #10 bus route changed to get it off the Clinton Greenway where it runs from 21st to 26th Ave. we have been told that it cannot stay on Division for those five blocks because it cannot negotiate the turn from Division to 26th. Every few years it is detoured off that stretch of Clinton for power company tree pruning, film making, or some other reason. It has been rerouted on Division multiple times and seems to make the turn just fine. This week as it is being rerouted off Clinton for repaving, it looks like they are putting it on Ivon, not Division, which would be an even tighter turn.

      If anyone is in the area and has the time, it would be great to get video of the bus making the turn from Ivon onto 26th. When I videoed this turn off Division a couple of years ago to document the 10 making the turn just fine, I was told that my perspective was not illustrative and that I should have stood on the far corner of the intersection diagonally from the corner where the bus was turning. Can anyone try to catch this maneuver on film in the next week? (I’m out of town.)

      This is one of the many long-game smaller improvement issues that we can put pressure on intermittently as opportunities arise. While it may be on the back burner for years, let’s lift the lid and stir, and turn up the heat occasionally, so it won’t get moldy.

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        Christopher of Portland October 18, 2018 at 7:45 pm

        There are plenty of nearly impossible turns on existing bus routes. What makes this one special to the people making these decisions?

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    Champs October 16, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    At least it’s PBOT paving that greenway. Have you seen what the water bureau has done to lower Rodney?

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      John Lascurettes October 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Yeah, so happy I’m no longer using that as my primary route. That’s so torn up and the repaved patches are like asphalt egg cartons.

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      David October 16, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      The water bureau also tore up Ankeny this summer just east of 24th. Thankfully PBOT came through last week and fixed it all up. One small patch or terrible pavement can really make a ride worse.

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      jeff October 16, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      can’t be much worse than SE Woodward from 52nd to 72nd.

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        resopmok October 18, 2018 at 5:51 am

        Actually it’s quite a bit worse; I’ve ridden them both quite recently. The water bureau doesn’t seem to quite be done with their work yet, though, so I doubt Rodney will be put back together until they are.

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