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Newbury Vermont Bike Improvements



 
 
Bicyclists To Share Wider Travel Lane with Motorists
During Construction  
 
 
During the daytime construction on each bridge, bicyclists will share a wider travel lane (14 feet versus the current 12-foot lane) with motor vehicles.
 
When feasible, the contractor will open a protected lane for cyclists through the work zone, in the evening and on weekends.  Cyclists may travel this lane on weekday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and throughout the weekend, when available.  Signs will direct cyclists when the lane is open.  If the lane is not open, cyclists will continue to share the travel lane with motorists.  Lighting is provided to illuminate the work zone. 
For date specific construction impacts, return to the main project page, click here

TriMet Bus Stops Closed
The TriMet bus stops near the two bridges will be closed intermittently during the project.  These are the stops, in both directions by the Capitol Highway exit and Parkhill Drive. The closest available bus stops will be at the Rasmussen Village Apartments at the north end and Southwest 2nd Avenue or Brier Place at the south end of the project. 
 
 
ODOT activated the new "Bikes on Bridge When Lights Flash" beacons.

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 Features of the flashing light and signs

    --The signs help draw the attention of motorists to bicyclists riding in the right lane.
 
--No stopping is required. The signs are activated by an automatic sensor.  
 
--The signs will be located prior to the bridges in each direction.
 
--A green bike lane has been installed has already been installed on Barbur Boulevard.
 

This is what the sign says:

 
  
Bicycle Improvements and Impacts
 
Challenges Faced During Project Planning 
 
--There is no funding available to replace or widen bridges or build separate bicycle/ pedestrian bridges.
--The existing walkways are part of the bridge structures and cannot be removed or modified.
--Existing traffic lane widths are substandard and cannot be significantly reduced to add a bike lane.

Solutions that will be implemented as part of the project:
 
--Install automatically triggered “Bikes on Bridge” flashing warning signs.
 
--Improve ramps onto existing walkways
 
--Increase height of bridge railing by one foot
 
--Improve drainage to reduce water pooling
 
To return to the main project page, click here
 
  
Project Contact:
Susan Hanson, Community Affairs Coordinator
503-731-3490