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Outer Powell Safety Improvements Project
Logo of the Outer Powell project
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October 2013
Construction crews continue to work on the Outer Powell Safety Improvements Project on US 26 (SE Powell) between SE 111th and SE 176th Avenues. 
Striping along Outer Powell will begin the Thursday night, October 17th.  Striping work will continue at night and perhaps some daytime hours for as long as weather conditions permit for about the next week or so.
While the Contractor installs new striping on the project, please follow directions from flaggers and workers about when it is safe to cross new striping.  Crossing too early can make a mess of the striping, the new pavement, and your car. Thank you in advance for your patience. 
Late September
Beginning the week of September 23rd, the contractor for the Outer Powell Safety Improvement Project plans to continue paving operations at night, Monday night through Saturday night.  Early in the week, the contractor will finish the work from 168th back to 111th, westbound, then switch to an operation dedicated to paving the wider portion from 168th to the east end of the project at 176th.  The construction crews will also install a traffic separator in the same area once paving is complete.  Conducting this work is dependent on the weather.
During the day, electricians will work to complete signal upgrades, and another sub will work to install new permanent signs.  The electricians will also come back at night to install the loops necessary to put signals back on demand, and off timers.  Independent of our Contractor and subcontractors, the Portland Water Bureau & Bureau of Environmental Services will be out at night to adjust their utilities once the ODOT contractor lays down the new pavement.


Early September 2013

Construction crews continue to work on the Outer Powell Safety Improvements Project on US 26 (SE Powell) between SE 111th and SE 176th Avenues. Beginning the week of September 9th, area residents and businesses can expect construction activities to include night-time paving operations from 8 pm – 6am Monday through Friday and possibly Saturday and Sunday nights.  Paving continues on accesses and road approaches. 
The next phase of the project includes paving the roadway shoulders from the edge of the travel lane to include the bike lane and outside shoulder beginning at SE 111th Avenue on the south side of the corridor and moving east to SE 176th Avenue before continuing from SE 176th west to SE 111th Avenue in a counter-clockwise motion.  Following the paving of the roadway shoulders, construction crews will pave the travel lanes in the same pattern beginning at SE 111th headed east to SE 176th Avenues; and then from SE 176th headed west to SE 111th Avenues. Paving activity is highly weather dependent as dry weather is required for both paving and striping.  Should you have concerns about area noise associated with the project, please call our noise hotline at 503-412-2382.

At this point in the project, nearly all of the new pedestrian curb ramps and landings are complete and available for use.  Daytime electrical work associated with the project will continue as well resulting at times in travel delays.

ODOT's Outer Powell Safety Improvements Project is a $5.5 million project making strategic safety upgrades and replacing worn-out pavement on SE Powell Boulevard within the project limits. ODOT’s contractor is expected to finish the project by mid- October 2013. For more information about this project, please call Shelli Romero with ODOT Community Affairs at 503-731-8231.

* Read the July 15, 2013 Oregonian article on how the Portland Police will enforce speed limts through the use of photo radar. 
Project Information

 Line drawing of the project area on Powell Blvd.
Project timeline graphic
This project is designed to improve safety and replace worn out pavement on SE Powell Boulevard from SE 111th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue at the Gresham city limits. Eight intersections along this section of Outer Powell Boulevard are among the top 10% of high-crash sites in the region. Heavy traffic and narrow road shoulders also contribute to difficult conditions for pedestrians throughout the corridor.
The Outer Powell Boulevard Safety Improvements Project is focused on strategic safety improvements for this important neighborhood thoroughfare and state highway. It will include three new pedestrian crossings, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) upgrades to curb ramps, and high-visibility roadway striping. The project will also involve repaving the roadway and widening the road shoulders to provide a width of at least 8 feet. Plans were developed in fall 2012 and winter 2013 and construction is expected to begin in July 2013.
ODOT has sought community input on key aspects of the project design, including:
*** Where to locate new crosswalks with Rapid Flash Beacons (see photo below).
*** How to modify and better delineate the road shoulder and roadway striping to reduce conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

ODOT is investing $5.5 million in Outer Powell Boulevard now so that users can benefit from immediate safety upgrades while the City of Portland, Metro, ODOT, and other stakeholders work towards funding future land use and transportation studies and improvements.
May 2013 newsletter
February 2013 update
October 2012 open house PowerPoint Presentation 



Photo of a Rapid flash beacon at a crosswalk




 Rapid Flash Beacons get drivers’ attention with blinking yellow lights attached to a pedestrian crossing sign. Pedestrians push a button to turn on the lights before crossing the road. 


Photo of ADA Ramp on Powell2.jpg
As part of the Outer Powell Safety Improvements Project, ODOT is adding 64 new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps to the corridor between SE 111th and SE 176th. This is a picture of a complete new ADA curb ramp at corner of SE 118th and Powell.


ODOT Contact Information

Shelli Romero, ODOT Community Affairs