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.
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.
The Holgate Library is hosting a Community Conversation on Tuesday, 30-April, from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM. See this post on their website for more details.
The Holgate Library neighborhood has seen many changes in the past few years. New businesses are moving in. The streetscape has changed dramatically. Housing prices continue to increase. More change is expected as Portland continues to grow, bringing new neighbors and a need for more services and amenities.
If you’re interested in talking about these changes and how they have affected you, please join us. We’re hoping to learn how to make the library more welcoming to everyone. It’s a great time to meet your community and talk about your experiences and hopes for the neighborhood. Refreshments will be served.