Better Naito forever?

Multnomah County

Design, construction scheduled for 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Better Naito will soon be year-round, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

New renderings were released on Wednesday of plans to upgrade the current two-way bike path and sidewalk along the west side of Waterfront Park and make it permanent.

Better Naito is currently in place until the end of the summer.

The new plan includes adding signal upgrades and advanced vehicle detection for access to I-5 via the Morrison Bridge. The signal upgrades are meant to minimize impacts to northbound drivers. Sidewalk gaps will also be closed.

PBOT says the new walking and biking facilities will allow easy, accessible access to Waterfront Park events such as Cinco de Mayo and Rose Fest.

Commuters have expressed outrage at the additional time taking away a lane adds for drivers. PBOT has said Better Naito only adds an additional few minutes for drivers.

Design and construction for the project are scheduled for 2020.

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