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OR99W: N. Denver Avenue

Project Open House

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) held an open house on October 22, 2013. at the Kenton Historic Firehouse
The project will increase safety and provide better transportation connections within the nearly mile-long project area.  The planned improvements include:
·         Realigning N. Schmeer Road and installing traffic signals at the intersection;
·         Resurfacing the N. Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge decks;
·         Adding a shared-use path along the west side of N. Denver Avenue from N. Victory Boulevard to N. Schmeer Road;
·         Converting the access road from N. Denver Avenue to N. Schmeer Road into a shared-use path; and
·         Providing a gateway signage feature for downtown Kenton.
Lane closures and detours are anticipated during construction, which is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014 and end in the fall of 2015.
For more information: visit the website at www.NorthDenverAve.org or contact Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs, at 503-731-3490 or Susan.C.Hanson@odot.state.or.us.
For more information, click on the links below.  This information was on display at the open house.
Cross-section of North Denver Avenue Improvements


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the design phase for the Oregon 99W: N. Victory Boulevard to N. Argyle Street improvement project. This project will help make the roads safer and more efficient for all users of this important transportation connection in North Portland. See link below for project map.

The existing OR 99W (N. Denver Avenue) road configuration creates difficulties that have long been identified by ODOT, the City of Portland, local residents and businesses, and other stakeholders. Designated funds for the improvements will allow ODOT to address these concerns that were originally identified in the environmental assessment (2006) for the Interstate 5 Delta Park project.     

The study pointed out multiple safety and operational concerns along the Denver Avenue corridor, including poor sight lines for drivers, deficient turning movements, gaps in bicycle/pedestrian paths, and the poor conditions of the Denver Avenue bridge decks and railings. 
ODOT will address these issues and others problems discussed in the study. The mile-long project includes a diverse range of improvements, including:
Roadway Improvements
  • Realign the Schmeer Road and Denver Avenue intersection and install a traffic signal to permit left turns from Denver Avenue to Schmeer Road and from Schmeer Road to Denver Avenue.  This will eliminate the nearly 1 mile out-of-direction travel for drivers to go southbound on Denver Avenue.
  • Realign Schmeer Road to the north, which will increase safety at the intersection by improving sight distance for vehicles turning right or left onto Denver Avenue.
  • Realign the southbound ramp from Victory Boulevard to Denver Avenue and add a stop sign.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements
  • Add a new shared-use path adjacent to the Victory Boulevard ramp to fill the gap in the 40-Mile Loop Trail.
  • Make the one-way undercrossing from Denver Avenue to Schmeer Road into a two-way shared-use path.
  • Add a two-way shared-use path between Victory Street and Schmeer Road on the west side of Denver Avenue for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Create marked spacing between cyclists and motorists on the Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge to increase safety.
Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Resurface the bridge decks and rehabilitate the expansion joints to extend the life of the bridges and provide a smoother ride for people driving or biking.
  • Replace the railing and crash barrier on the Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge.
  • Install new inlets and storm drains to help prevent the flooding that the bridges are prone to.
Community Enhancement
  • Work with the Kenton neighborhood and City of Portland to identify a gateway feature to be installed in the vicinity of the project in Kenton.


Project Schedule


Project Fact Sheet

Click here for Summer 2013 Fact Sheet.

Project Map

Click on this link for a full project map.


Visit the website at www.NorthDenverAve.org or contact:
Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs