PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — The Portland Bureau of Transportation has staked out the route of the city’s newest neighborhood bikeway — and it’s the first north-south path east of Interstate 205.
PBOT has dubbed the green line on the map the “130s Neighborhood Greenway,” though it technically dips as far down as 128th Avenue and up to 132nd.
Once built, the five-mile foot-and-pedal pathway will link the Springwater Corridor with the Interstate 84 multi-use path, with stops at nine schools and five parks.
“East Portland isn’t as traditional of a grid as other parts of Portland,” said Hannah Schafer, a PBOT spokeswoman. “Finding straight routes for people to bike on that aren’t those big busy multi-lane arterials can be tricky.”
Schafer said the city currently doesn’t have a north-south bikeway past 85th Avenue. Two others in the 100s and 150s blocks have been funded, but not constructed.
Besides the 130s greenway, the bureau expects to cross off many items on its chockablock East Portland Active Transportation to Transit checklist this summer. The tasks involve sidewalk infill, Americans with Disability Act improvements, signalized crossings and protected bikeways.
Here’s what else is coming:
• A half-mile worth of missing sidewalk will be filled in between Southeast 110th and 143rd avenues on Division Street
• The traffic signal at Southeast 130th Avenue and Stark Street will be rebuilt
• Four pedestrians signals will be constructed along Division and Glisan streets
The total cost of work is estimated at $6.2 million. Construction will finish this fall.