News Release: New sidewalk and improved crossings coming to SE 174th Avenue between SE Stark and Main streets

Press Release
Construction begins this week on the $2.4 million Safe Routes to School project and will last approximately seven months

(March 26, 2024) A new multi-use path, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, stormwater pipes and trees are coming to a stretch of SE 174th Avenue between SE Main and Stark streets thanks to a new $2.4 million project by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

Construction begins this week on the SE 174th Avenue Sidewalk Infill project. The project will construct a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the west side on SE 174th Avenue, creating an important connection for students and families walking and rolling to Reynold School District’s Alder Elementary School in the heart of the Rockwood community, which serves over 420 students representing a diverse community of over 20 home languages.

Current conditions: Local residents walk in a gravel strip on the side of SE 174th Avenue. This gravel path will be replaced with a 10-foot wide sidewalk. Photo by PBOT.
Current conditions: Local residents walk in a gravel strip on the side of SE 174th Avenue. The gravel path will be replaced with a 10-foot wide sidewalk. Photo by PBOT.

This project will build safer crossings and improved walking and rolling access to the school, along with transit stops and businesses on nearby SE Stark Street. It will also add a 3-foot planting strip between the multi-use path and street for street trees.

The project was made possible thanks to $2 million in grant funding by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safe Routes to School Competitive Infrastructure Grant program. The Reynolds School District provided a letter of support. A 20% grant funding match was provided by PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets program.

Construction is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2024.

A map of the project area with bright icons in pink and blue showing new ADA curb ramp and marked crosswalk locations. All project improvements are listed on the webpage.
A map showing the project area for the SE 174th Sidewalk Infill Project between Stark and Main streets identifies locations of new marked crosswalks, updated ADA curb ramps, and the 10-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of the street bordered by a 3-foot wide planting strip for most of the project area. Map by PBOT.

Construction Impacts

Construction work begins this week with work starting near SE Main Street and heading north towards SE Alder and Stark streets. Portlanders should expect lane reductions and intermittent road closures on SE 174th Avenue during the first phase of construction, planned to last through June 2024. First phase project work includes the replacement of multiple stormwater pipes, relocating utility poles, and preparations for laying curb between SE Stark and Main streets.

During full road closures, detour routes will be marked. When lane reductions are in place, flaggers will serve north and southbound travelers in one lane on SE 174th Avenue. A temporary walkway will serve pedestrians. 

The traveling public is advised to expect delays. We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in work zones, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The public can expect dust, noise, vibrations, and heavy equipment near the work zone.

As always, please keep crews safe by following all traffic control signs and flaggers while travelling through or near work zones. 

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.

PBOT will provide periodic updates throughout construction. To sign up for construction updates, visit

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during construction.