OR 213 (NE 82nd Avenue) at NE Sandy Boulevard Safety Improvement Project
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is designing a project to improve safety on Oregon Highway 213 (NE 82nd Avenue) at NE Sandy Boulevard in Northeast Portland. Construction of this project is scheduled to start in early May and finish by the end of September 2016.
What are the construction impacts?
Nighttime construction activities will occur during traffic signal installation and are scheduled at night to minimize traffic and business impact, as well as improving motorist safety. Night noise will come from heavy equipment and construction trucks. There will be construction equipment and crews installing new traffic signals at the intersection, but flaggers will direct traffic in the work zone.
A 24-hour noise hotline will be available during construction for questions and concerns 503-412-2356.
Update (08/10/2016) - Wednesday, August 10 to Friday, August 12, travelers should expect single lane closures on NE 82nd Avenue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; there is a chance that work could continue the week of August 15.* Driveways to the apartments and private homes on the east side of NE 82nd Avenue may be closed during construction work.
During August and September, travelers can expect daytime single lane closures at the intersection of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Sandy Boulevard Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sidewalk ramp work. There will also be nighttime lane closures Monday to Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning for trench digging.
Steel plates may be placed over the work at the end of the work shift for the trench digging. Drivers and motorcyclists should use caution and reduce speeds when driving over the steel plates. We will take efforts to reduce the noise caused by the steel plates in the roadway; however, they could be left in place for several days.
Pedestrians will be detoured around the construction work. Crosswalk buttons have been set to automatically turn on. TriMet bus stops in the area will be temporarily relocated for the project work, please pay attention to the signs at bus stops. Go to TriMet.org or call 503-238-7433 to see schedule or bus stop location changes.
Nighttime construction activities are scheduled at night to reduce traffic and business impact, as well as improve motorist safety. Night noise is expected during the trenching work from heavy equipment and construction trucks, as well as saw cutting the pavement and from cars driving over the steel plate in the road. A 24-hour noise hotline will be available during construction for questions and concerns 503-412-2356.
*schedule is subject to change
Why is ODOT building this project?
ODOT selects safety improvement projects based on crash history and the severity of crashes on ODOT right-of-way. Crash data from the most recent five-year period (2008-2012) indicates that 51 crashes occurred in this area with two resulting in serious injuries. The predominant crash types were rear-ends and sideswipes (mostly in the northbound direction), right angle crashes and turning movements at or near the intersection of OR 213(NE 82nd Avenue) and NE Sandy Boulevard. Two pedestrian crashes also were recorded north of the intersection.
- Increase traffic signal visibility and reduce rear-end crashes.
- Increase intersection awareness to reduce rear-end crashes.
- Increase pedestrian safety.
Budget and funding
This safety improvement project will cost approximately $925,000 to complete. Funding is coming from both state and federal funds.
The end result
The project will:
- Replace and upgrade traffic signal heads, supports and controllers and improve illumination at the intersection of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Sandy Boulevard.
- Install advanced warning sign on NE 82nd Avenue, south of NE Sandy Boulevard.
- Enhance street recognition signs north and south of the NE Sandy Boulevard on NE 82nd Avenue.
- Upgrade ADA Ramps at all four corners of the intersection of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Sandy Boulevard.
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What is the project schedule?
ODOT is currently developing the construction staging and traffic control plans for this project. More information about the construction schedule, construction staging, traffic impacts and noise impacts will be available in early spring 2015.
The schedule is subject to change due to weather and site conditions.
- Fall 2013 - Preliminary design phase
- Spring 2014 - Public open house
The April 24, 2014 open house included the following materials:
- Spring 2015 - Project design completed
- Summer 2015 - Construction contract awarded
- April 28, 2016 - ODOT staff answered questions about the project and construction impacts at Gregory Heights Library.
- May 2016 - Construction starts
- September 2016 - Construction finishes
Geotechnical drilling was completed in May 2014
As part of this project, geotechnical investigations were necessary to obtain more information about the physical properties of the underlying surface of the roadway, such as stability and drainage rates. Geotechnical drilling was conducted to confirm engineering properties for the design of the traffic signals.
What specific work was done?
Field crews obtained subsurface soil samples on Oregon Highway 213 (NE 82nd Avenue) at NE Sandy Boulevard through geotechnical borings, which are holes that are drilled into the ground. Four geotechnical borings measuring 4 to 8 inches in diameter were drilled to a depth of 30 feet. Each boring was backfilled and repaved before moving to the next location. Drilling took approximately four days to complete with work hours from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Traffic and noise impacts during drilling activities
The borings were drilled on ODOT right-of-way or adjacent to the highway on City of Portland and private property. Flaggers directed traffic during the work. There was minimal noise from heavy construction equipment and back-up alarms, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement.
How can I get more information?
If you have questions or comments about this project please contact Brandy Steffen, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator during regular business hours at 503-731-8230 or Brandy.Steffen@odot.state.or.us
A 24-hour noise hotline is available during construction for questions and concerns 503-412-2356.
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