82nd Avenue Study: Open Testimony to City Council on 23-May

We previously told you about the draft report published by the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability – 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development

We received notification that there is a scheduled hearing with the city council at 2:00 PM on Thursday 23-May.

The 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development looks at the development potential of properties along 82nd Avenue and identifies barriers to new development and pedestrian safety. The study presents ideas that can be addressed in the near term with an eye toward long-term solutions.

Community members are invited to review the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development Recommended Draft Report and testify to City Council on May 23 at 2 p.m. or send their testimony in writing.

~ City Council to consider 82nd Avenue upgrades for pedestrians and businesses, City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Holgate Blvd Speed Limit Set to 25 MPH

We received the following from Portland Bureau of Transportation:

Dear Portland community members,

Tomorrow the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be updating the speed limit on SE Holgate Boulevard. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from SE 28th to 91st avenues and from SE 122nd to 136th avenues. (The segment between SE 91st and 122nd avenues will remain at 30 mph.)

The reduced speed limit supports the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at https://visionzeroportland.com.


Springwater Corridor Closures Coming Mid-May

We received the following notification from Portland Parks & Recreation:

Springwater Corridor temporary closures starting in May 2019

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, two bridges along the Springwater Corridor will be repaired or replaced this summer. This will require temporary closures of the trail at the following locations: 

  • Bridge #48 –  between SE 45th and SE 55th Avenues
  • Bridge #140 – closure between Circle Avenue and SE 174th Avenue

During construction, the following detour routes will be in place. If you live or work on either detour route, please drive with caution, as you will see an increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Thank you for your patience while we improve your trail!

SE 45th Avenue – Bridge Replacement

Bridge #48 located near the Johnson Creek Boulevard trailhead at SE 45th Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard will be replaced. It is the original wooden trestle bridge from the Springwater Division Line rail developed in the early 1900s with footings in Johnson Creek.

The new bridge will be constructed with steel and concrete, and its footings will allow for clearer passage of Johnson Creek, which will improve fish habitat and reduce debris accumulation. More information here

Construction is expected to start in mid-May 2019, with completion in November 2019

Circle Avenue – Bridge Decking Replacement

Bridge #140 spans 114 feet and crosses Johnson Creek near Circle Avenue. The western half of the bridge’s structure was replaced with steel in 2006 due to deterioration, and the timber decking was salvaged and reused. The decking has now reached the end of its service life and is presenting a hazardous condition to trail users. It is slippery, uneven, and has large gaps.

The decking will be removed and replaced with asphalt. The handrail will be salvaged and reinstalled by the contractor. More information here

Construction is expected to start in mid-May 2019, with completion in six to eight weeks. 

Maija Spencer, Parks Bond Community Engagement
503-823-5593 | maija.spencer@nullportlandoregon.gov