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Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project - In Design

Design Phase

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

​​​​ODOT is designing 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). 


Traffic Impact

​The design team completed a review of driveways along the project and contacted all property owners where driveways need to be altered or closed to improve access and safety.   
If you have not been contacted by ODOT at this point, there will be no changes to your driveway width or location, other than slight possible modifications to align it with the new sidewalk curb.  ​

Is tree removal required to build the project?

In some areas trees need to be removed in order to build the new safety improvements. ODOT takes tree removal very seriously and tries to avoid removing trees wherever possible. The number and location of tree removals will be determined when the design details are further refined. To learn more about the tree removal process, see information in the FAQ.

Meetings and Events

Upcoming Meetings:

Outer Powell Sound Walls Information Meeting

Residents and property owners voting on proposed sound walls are invited to a drop-in information meeting to learn more and talk to project staff. 

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Join Online (WebEx)  ​

Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388

​WebEx Meeting Number: 146 262 1890

Meeting Password: T66XbmPrJH3​

​Past Meetings:

The project team hosted an online open house from September 23 to October 18 to present information about the recently completed construction and the design plans for Phase 2.  While the online open house is now closed, you can still access the information and learn more here.


ODOT expects the design of these two sections to be complete at the end of 2022, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2023. The improvements will be consistent with the section currently under construction between SE 122nd Avenue and SE 136th Avenue.



​ODOT is designing 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
An example cross section showing the new bike lanes, sidewalk and center turn lane that will be built in the Outer Powell projec 

Sound Walls

Along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), we 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 will determine whether or not to construct these sound walls. 

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Sound Wall Voting FAQs

Where are the sound walls being proposed? 

Sound walls are proposed at four locations.Sound Wall Proposed Locations Map

​Who can vote on a sound wall?

Benefited property owners and/or residents each get one vote. A tenant residing at a single-family residence gets one vote. In multi-unit dwellings, all eligible tenant votes are tallied to equal one collective vote and the property owner also gets one vote. These eligible property owners and tenants will receive a voting packet at their address to complete their ballots.

How are votes counted?
For each wall, collective tenant votes and individual property owner votes are tallied to determine if a wall is constructed or not. More than half of the eligible voters must submit a ballot to move forward with the sound wall construction during the initial voting outreach.

A tie or 50/50 vote means no wall.

If the initial voter response is less than 50%, the project team will conduct a second round of voter outreach. For the second round of voter outreach, the majority vote will determine the outcome, even if less than 50% of the eligible voters submit a ballot. 

How do I submit a ballot? 

Email: Take a photo of your ballot and email it to

Mail: Mail your ballot in using the postage-paid ballot envelope. 

We must receive votes by September 24th for it to be counted. 


U.S. 26 | 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.

Additional Information

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Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
Hope Estes

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Last Updated

9/2/2021 9:39 AM

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