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Northwest 21st & 23rd Ave Intersection Enhancement Project Update

Portland Bureau Of Transportation is working to improve intersections along NW 21st Avenue and NW 23rd Avenue in coordination with the Bureau of Environmental Services.
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NW 21st and 23rd Avenue Intersection Enhancement Project 

Project Recommendations

During the spring and summer of 2023, the project team gathered community input and evaluated opportunities for leveraging the BES Lower Northwest Sewer and Stormwater Project with additional intersection enhancements. Project staff conducted an online survey, went door-to-door to hear from business owners and staff, and met multiple times with members NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee and other community groups. 

A summary of community engagement and project recommendations is now available: 

Review the NW 21st & 23rd Avenue Project Recommendations Summary

The planning phase of the project has now ended and the design phase started in late October 2023. During the design phase, PBOT staff will develop detailed designs for each intersection. 

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Tree Evaluation Update

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Urban Forestry (UF) department is working with PBOT to retain as many trees as possible while accommodating the recommended intersection enhancements. UF’s Development Permitting Tree Inspector has collaborated with PBOT’s project team to conclude that almost all trees will be able to remain with the recommended intersection enhancements.

During the design phase UF will evaluate the remaining trees at the work site. PBOT and UF staff continue to work together and find solutions to maximize tree preservation wherever possible; or to potentially change the project to minimize the need to remove trees.


Portland Bureau Of Transportation (PBOT) is working to improve intersections along NW 21st Avenue and NW 23rd Avenue in coordination with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Lower Northwest Sewer and Stormwater Project.

The BES project will require some ADA ramp improvements and PBOT has the opportunity build additional ADA ramps and/or add curb extensions at a reduced cost. By collaborating with BES, the PBOT project costs will be significantly lower and the project will be built in one construction phase to reduce impacts on neighbors and businesses. 

Construction is currently estimated to occur from 2025 through 2026. This project is funded, in part, through parking revenue from the Northwest Parking District. 

For more information, visit the project website:

The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to city programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. To request these services, contact the Portland Bureau of Transportation at 311 (503-823-4000), for Relay Service & TTY: 711.

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