ODOT is constructing safety improvements on outer southeast Powell Boulevard from I-205 to SE 122nd Avenue and SE 136th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue (the Portland/Gresham city limits). This is the second phase of the project. The first phase, from SE 122nd
Avenue to SE 136th
Avenue, is complete.
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
Along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the project team analyzed potential noise impacts related to the project. The road changes will result in a slight noise increase, impacting some property owners and residents close to the road.
Sound walls are the most common tool used to mitigate that noise. We have identified potential sound walls that provide the required benefits and meet ODOT and FHWA standards.
A vote among eligible property owners and tenants determined whether or not to construct these sound walls.
Sound Walls Voting Results
In October 2021, eligible property owners and residents voted on four proposed sound wall locations. Voters supported all four of the sound wall locations that are now included in the project. Learn more about sound walls here: Sound Wall Fact Sheet
SE Powell Boulevard (US 26) from I-205 to SE 122nd Avenue and SE 136th Avenue to just east of SE 174th Avenue (the Portland/Gresham city limits).
Cost and Funding
The current estimate for
total project cost for design, right-of-way and construction is $105 million.
SE Powell Boulevard is an important connector to the central city for those living in outer East Portland. The corridor is also one of Portland's top 30 high crash streets. This project will construct major improvements across the SE Powell Boulevard corridor from I-205 to the Portland/Gresham city limits that will help improve safety for all users, and reduce the number and severity of crashes in the area.
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