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Project Details

U.S. 26: Powell Boulevard Safety Project

Design Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Portland, Multnomah)

The Oregon Department of Transportation is currently in the design phase to increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists on a busy section of Southeast Powell Boulevard  between Southeast 20th and Southeast 34th Avenues. 


Traffic Impact

More information related to traffic and construction impacts will be available closer to the construction phase.​

Construction Impacts

​​Utility work will be occurring through Summer 2017 in various locations of US26 (SE Powell Blvd.) between Southeast 20th and Southeaset 34th Avenues.


Summer 2015 - Preliminary  design phase
Summer 2015 - Public open house
Summer 2017 -Final design phase
Winter 2017 to Winter 2018 -Construction phase

* Please note: dates are subject to change.



​Project Elements Include:
  • Three enhanced pedestrian signals — Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon or RRFBs — will be installed to alert drivers that pedestrians are crossing.
  • Safer crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians will include high visibility striping and center islands.
  • A new wider pedestrian waiting area on the southeast corner of 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard near Cleveland High School to provide more space for students waiting to cross Powell Boulevard.
  • A new truck apron on the southeast corner of 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard to increase safety by allowing large vehicles to turn without entering the pedestrian zone or encroaching on vehicle lanes.
  • New signals at intersections (Southeast 21st, 26th, 33rd) with enhanced safety features, including bigger and more visible signals and poles, as well as countdown and audible countdown pedestrian signals.
  • Tree removal and trimming to increase visibility.
  • Improved street lighting and RRFB installation sites.
  • Red light enforcement* (not photo radar).
  • Increased visibility of bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
  • Sidewalk ADA ramp improvements and repair of some sidewalks.
  • Improved signage and more visible street names.
*Red light enforcement involves a small light placed on traffic signals. The light isn't visible to the normal driving public, but alerts police near the intersection if someone goes through a red light. It does not take photos.​

This is an image showing the project area and project elements.


US 26 | SE Powell Boulevard from ​​SE 20th to SE 34th​ Avenues

Cost and Funding



The project is expected to increase safety by reducing serious crashes within the project area while minimizing traffic impacts to the neighborhoods and local businesses.

What Problem Will This Improve?

​This area of Powell Boulevard (U.S. 26) serves 34,600 to 38,500 cars and trucks per day, in addition to thousands of bicyclists, transit riders and pedestrians. People use the corridor to go to schools, parks, social service agencies, restaurants and shopping. This section of Powell Boulevard is also used by commuters traveling through the area by car and bus to get to work in other areas of the city and by trucks for deliveries to businesses. 

Additional Information

​​​For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. 

¿Hablas español? Podemos proporcionar la información de esta publicación en español. Para recibir información por favor llame al 503-731-4128.

Maps & Media

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Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Dee Hidalgo

Public Information Officer
Don Hamilton

Last Updated

8/15/2017 4:12 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Powell-Blvd-Safety-Project-Fact-Sheet-March-2017-18795.pdfThis fact sheet provides information on the project purpose and need, safety problems in the area, schedule and a map showing the project elements.
Powell-Blvd-Safety-Project-Map-18795.pdfU.S.26 Inner Powell (SE20th-SE 34th Ave) Safety Project Map
Open-House-July-2015-18795.pdfView the display boards from the July 2015 project open house.
Open-House-April-2017-18795.pdfView the display boards from the April 2017 project open house.

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