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Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project



Outer Powell Safety Improvements Gearing Up to Begin August 2022

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is constructing improvements to help people get around busy Outer SE Powell Boulevard more safely. The Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project stretches between I-205 and Portland/Gresham city limits, just east of SE 174th Avenue. These safety improvements will reduce the frequency and severity of crashes and help vehicles, pedestrians, transit and bicyclists share the road with fewer conflicts.

Roadway, bike and pedestrian safety improvements include:

  • Sidewalks where there are none now
  • Mix of separated and sidewalk level bike lanes
  • Center turn lanes for cars, buses and trucks for safer turns and to reduce back-ups
  • Storm drains to prevent water from pooling on the road
  • Lighting for improved visibility
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons to alert drivers that people are crossing the street
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An example of how Outer SE Powell Boulevard will look after construction. There may be slight differences in specific locations.

Project Timeline 

Construction began on SE Powell Boulevard from SE 122nd Avenue to SE 136th Avenue in early 2019 and is now complete. ODOT designed safety improvements for the remainder of the corridor to be consistent with the completed section.

Pre-construction activity begins August 2022 and includes moving existing utility poles to make room for the roadway improvements. This work will occur between August 2022 and February 2023. 

Road construction begins spring 2023 and will last four years.  

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A map of the project area on SE Powell Boulevard.

The Design Phase included voting on four potential sound wall locations for eligible property owners and residents. Voting has concluded for the four potential sound wall locations. 

Eligible property owners and residents supported all four sound wall locations that are now included in the project. Learn more about sound walls and the voting process.

Project Phases 

Phase 1 – Construction Complete
Construction is now complete on Outer Powell from SE 122nd to SE 136th avenues.
Phase 2 – In Construction
ODOT is now constructing improvements for the remainder of the corridor, from I-205 to SE 122nd Avenue and from SE 136th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue (the Portland/Gresham city limits).

Project Background

The Outer Powell Transportation Project was developed with a history of community collaboration and support. Since 2014, ODOT has been conducting planning, environmental and design work for the four-mile stretch of SE Powell Boulevard from I-205 to the Portland/Gresham city limits just east of SE 174th Avenue. In fall 2015, the Oregon Legislature funded the design and construction of the section along Powell Boulevard between SE 122nd and SE 136th Avenues, which was completed in fall 2020.

Through Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017), the Oregon Legislature appropriated funds to complete design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction on the remaining sections of the Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project. With this funding, ODOT designed improvements to these other sections of Outer Powell to be consistent with the completed section. Road construction of these designed improvements is anticipated to begin in spring 2023 and will last four years.

Future Jurisdictional Transfer

Currently, ODOT owns and maintains SE Powell Boulevard from SE 99th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue. As prescribed in Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017), ownership and operation of this road will be transferred to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). The transfer is expected after construction is complete.


Project Library

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Project Contact

Dee Hidalgo
Community Affairs Coordinator
123 NW Flanders Street 
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503-731-8230
Email: Dee.hidalgo@odot.oregon.gov 

 

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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.


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