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News Release: Safer crossings, smoother street coming to N Denver Avenue thanks to Fixing Our Streets

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Preventative maintenance saves Portlanders money by avoiding the more costly repairs of streets that have failed
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A rendering of the future N Denver Avenue at N Russet Street. Illustration by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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(August 29, 2019) Smooth streets are coming to North Portland as crews with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begin work on the N Denver Avenue (Lombard to Watts) paving project, funded by Fixing Our Streets. Work begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and will continue until Nov. 1, weather permitting. 

Well-maintained streets are vital to getting Portlanders from place to place easily, safely, and sustainably. PBOT is responsible for maintaining over 4,800 miles of city streets. PBOT focuses its paving work on keeping streets from falling into poor or very poor condition. This kind of preventative maintenance saves Portlanders money by avoiding the more costly repairs of streets that have failed. 

In addition to paving N Denver Avenue between N Lombard and Watts streets, PBOT crews will also improve safety conditions by adding safer pedestrian crossings and improving the existing bike lanes. These upgrades, which will include new striping and refuge islands at N Russet, Terry, and Watts streets as well as the widening of preexisting refuge islands. Together, these improvements will increase the visibility and safety of pedestrians crossing N Denver Avenue.  

From Sept. 3 to Oct. 1, southbound traffic on N Denver Avenue between Lombard and Watts streets will be detoured to N Brandon Avenue. The same N Brandon Avenue detour will be in place for northbound traffic from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1. Sidewalks and access to driveways will remain open throughout construction. During construction, we ask the public to travel with caution, observe all detours and directions provided by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes whenever possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video:

This project was made possible by Fixing our Streets, otherwise known as Measure 26-173. This measure was passed in May 2016 by Portland voters resulting in a new 10-cent gas tax for restoring our streets and making them safer. It is the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to transportation needs. Fixing our Streets projects span across Portland to the benefit of all Portlanders.  

This project’s total budget is $1.9 million, funded by Fixing our Streets. For more information, please visit the project website at or contact the project manager: 

Geren Shankar, (503) 823-4793,

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