Project updates: NE 12th, NE 47th, Outer Stark, and more

Posted on November 13th, 2019 at 10:50 am.

New bike box and ramp at NE 12th and Irving.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

With an unprecedented number of projects in the pipeline, it’s hard to keep up with all the work being done by the Portland Bureau of Transportation these days.[Read more…]

At groundbreaking, Blumenauer says new carfree bridge over I-84 is part of bike-friendly legacy

Posted on November 7th, 2019 at 1:31 pm.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer at this morning’s groundbreaking.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The dream of a carfree bridge over Interstate 84 between the central eastside and Lloyd neighborhoods is older than some of the people who showed up for its groundbreaking this morning.[Read more…]

Project updates: Red lanes, separation on Rosa Parks Way, N Vancouver goes green, NW Front and more

Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 10:12 am.

New bike lanes and transit islands on NW Front Ave are just one of many street updates citywide.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Rose Lane Project an effort to ‘redistribute’ right-of-way from auto to transit users

Posted on November 4th, 2019 at 11:52 am.

A redistribution of roadway wealth from auto users to transit users happened last week on SW Main.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Earl Blumenauer Bridge will break ground next week

Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 5:22 pm.

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$5.6 million 72nd Ave project – sans parkway path – will move forward with Metro funds

Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 2:51 pm.

This section of NE 72nd Ave will be rebuilt with sidewalks, street trees, and physically protected bikeways.

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Metro’s $3.1 billion T2020 project list would tame deadly arterials, fully build Central City bikeway plan

Posted on October 24th, 2019 at 1:16 pm.

The List.

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NW Front/Naito gets fewer driving lanes, new bike lanes and better transit stops

Posted on October 22nd, 2019 at 1:46 pm.

New buffered bike lanes on Front Avenue can’t get finished soon enough for this fellow.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A major gap in our central city cycling network is about to be filled. For years people riding bicycles have had to share lanes on NW Front/Naito Parkway between NW 15th and 9th where there were five wide lanes, 40 mph speed limits, and no dedicated cycling space. Now the final piece of a project that began in 2017 is close to completion and it will come with fewer driving lanes and new buffered bike lanes that will run behind updated bus stops.

As residential and commercial development on NW Front has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the need for a safe bicycling connection on Front/Naito between the Steel Bridge, the Pearl District and the Northwest Industrial Area. PBOT added bike lanes north of 15th Avenue back in 2017 and now they’re about to fill in the gap to the south.

Here’s what it used to look like:


And here’s a look at the new bus stops (new lane striping isn’t done yet):

The changes come as part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s NW Front Avenue – Naito Parkway Local Improvement District (LID) created in March 2017 with Park Office LLC, owners of a major nearby development. They contributed $1.1 million toward the project (and received System Development Charge credits) to repave Front/Naito and improve cycling conditions.

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During a ride through the area over the weekend I noticed the paving is done and preliminary striping marks are down. In addition to the new bike lanes, what really caught my eye are the new transit islands located just south of the Fremont Bridge near several large office buildings. PBOT has designed the bike lane to run behind the stops in order to avoid the “leapfrog” phenomenon where bus operators service stops at the curb and encroach into the bike lane. These new transit islands also allow bus operators to stop in the sole driving lane, so they act as traffic calming as well.

These new transit upgrades will be key if Portland is ever successful in attracting a Major League Baseball baseball team whose new stadium would be located on the riverfront along Front Avenue.

In addition to the new lane configuration, PBOT also plans to upgrade curb ramps and partially rebuild traffic signals at 9th, 15th and 17th avenues. The project is likely to be fully completed before the start of winter. I’ve asked PBOT whether or not the bike lanes will be protected and when we can expect the project to be finished. I’ll update this post when I hear back. Also stay tuned for full photo recap once everything is done.

UPDATE, 4:49 pm: Here’s what PBOT says about the bike lane design and schedule:

Bike lanes on either side of NW Front Ave will be 7’ wide with a 3’ buffer from NW 9th to NW 17th. From NW 17th to a little north of NW 18th, the bike lanes will be 6’ wide with a 3’ buffer. The buffers will include surface mounted tubular markers spaced approx. 20’ apart for the majority of the project and will be parking protected in a few spots.

With the clear weather window that we have this weekend, contractors will be doing the long line striping (centerlines, bike lanes and buffers) between Friday and Tuesday. We’ll have more information on the rest of the striping schedule after a meeting with the contractor later this week.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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New effort emerges to raise support for embattled OGLO/Willamette River bridge

Posted on October 21st, 2019 at 2:09 pm.

There’s a new effort to show Clackamas County Commissioners that — despite their comments at a recent meeting — there are many people who support a new carfree bridge over the Willamette River between Oak Grove and Lake Oswego. The push to boost support comes as people who live near where the bridge would be located have begun to make their voices known (see photos below).

Looking to push against that opposition, the Willamette River Crossing Coalition has launched a website and petition aimed at influencing a key vote on the Oak Grove Lake Oswego bridge project set to take place this Friday (10/25).[Read more…]

ODOT will close northbound span of I-5 Bridge for 9 days next year

Posted on October 21st, 2019 at 12:01 pm.

Get ready for 2-way traffic on the I-5 Bridge sidewalk.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

How worried is the Oregon Department of Transportation about an upcoming closure of the Interstate Bridge? They’ve announced it nearly one year in advance.[Read more…]