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U.S. 26: Powell Boulevard Safety Project

Construction Phase

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

​We are constructing a project 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

No to minimal construction impacts are anticipated. 

Throughout the project, people walking or cycling in the work zone along Powell Boulevard will encounter detours. Detour routes will be clearly marked and accessible for people with disabilities. During construction, TriMet bus stops may be temporarily relocated and/or routes detoured. For information about bus stops and routes, please visit​.

Construction Impacts

Those living or working closest to the work zone may hear nighttime noise. Use the 24-hour noise hotline at 833-533-5993 to reach a live person about your noise concerns. 

Visit​ for traffic conditions updated 24/7. Visit the weekly construction update​ for Portland metro area construction information one week in advance.


Summer 2015 - Preliminary design phase
Summer 2015 - Public open house
Spring 2017 - Public open house
Summer 2017 -Final design phase
February/March 2018 to Late Winter 2018/Early 2019 -Construction phase

* Please note: dates are subject to change due to weather and site conditions.



Project Elements Include:
  • Three enhanced pedestrian signals (Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons, “RRFBs”) will be installed on Powell Blvd. at SE 24th, 31st and 34th to alert drivers of pedestrians 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 (SE 21st, 26th, 33rd) with enhanced safety features, including bigger and more visible signals and poles, and audible countdown pedestrian signals.
  • Tree removals and trimming to increase visibility.
  • Improved street lighting.
  • Enforcement lights for public safety.
  • Increased visibility of bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
  • Sidewalk ADA ramp improvements and repair of some sidewalks.
  • Improved signage and more visible street names.



N/A | SE Powell Boulevard from ​​SE 20th to SE 34th​ Avenues

Cost and Funding

Project cost: $4,637,698


​James W. Fowler

What Problem Will This Improve?

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.
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. 

Part of ODOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient transportation system. This busy section of Powell Boulevard (US26) has a history of safety issues and is a high priority for Safety Funding on the state system. There are high rates of rear end and turning crashes involving motorists, bicyclists and  pedestrians.  

Factors contributing to these crashes include poor visibility of bicyclists and pedestrians, limited sight distances, frequent left turns and side streets that are close together. The accident frequency and severity merits needed safety improvements. 

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. 

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Contacts & Media

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Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Katelyn Jackson

Public Information Officer
Don Hamilton

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Last Updated

12/30/2020 10:14 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
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.
Powell-Blvd-OpenHouse-Displays-Nov.2017-18795.pdfThis is a link to the display boards that were presented at the project open house from November 2017.
Powell-Blvd-Safety-Project-TreeRemoval-Notice-Feb. 2018-18795.pdfThis notification provides information related to tree removals in the project area which is scheduled to begin in February 2018.
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
Pre-Construction-Open-House-Invite-November 2017-18795.pdfPre-Construction Open House Invite for US 26 (Powell Boulevard Safety Project) between SE 20th and SE 34th Avenues to be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Cleveland High School Library (see invite for more information).

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