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NW Broadway Bus/Bike Lane Improvements

Construction type
Project status
Under construction

This project will improve transit and bicycling along NW Broadway.

Fall 2020
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What’s happening now?

Construction began on Oct. 3 and is expected to last eight weeks. Thanks for your patience! 

Street with new right turn lane and green bike lane
NW Broadway approaching NW Glisan, looking north
Person with a blow torch installs new white striping on NW Broadway
A PBOT Maintenance Operations staff installs new striping on NW Broadway.

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Project Components

Safer bicycling, walking, and faster buses are coming to NW Broadway. The result will be quicker trips for bus riders and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians. The change will also help people who drive, by separating car and bicycle traffic.

The project improves NW and SW Broadway from the Broadway Bridge to SW Oak Street, creating a signature northbound bike facility on Broadway. Signal retiming on 5th and 6th avenues will further optimize bus service. Earlier in 2020, TriMet’s Line 17, which crosses the Broadway Bridge into downtown as part of its route connecting Northeast Portland through downtown to the Powellhurst neighborhood in Outer Southeast, received transit priority treatments with a reroute to the Transit Mall on 5th and 6th avenues.

The new street will support the dynamic needs of Downtown throughout the day. Two southbound travel lanes will be available during the morning rush. At all other times, one of the southbound lanes will be available for parking and loading. The new upgrade also reduces potential conflicts between buses, cars and bikes.

Separate from this project, in 2021 PBOT will install a new traffic signal at NW Flanders Street and NW Broadway Street as part of the Flanders Crossing I-405 Bike & Pedestrian Bridge project. In 2022, PBOT will rebuild the existing traffic signal at NW Broadway Street and NW Glisan Street to improve safety.

Traffic impacts during construction  

During construction, there will be temporary lane and parking restrictions on NW Broadway between the Broadway Bridge and SW Oak Street. Sidewalks will remain open. Bicycle and auto traffic will be directed to share a travel lane.

Construction will last approximately eight weeks. Work hours will include days, evenings, and weekends. On Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4, NW Broadway will be closed on a block-by-block basis between NW Irving Street and West Burnside to motor vehicles from approximately 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to grind down pavement markings in preparation for project construction.

When traveling in the construction zone:

  • Use caution and go slow
  • Observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers
  • Use alternate routes if possible

View and print the construction notice postcard: 

How will parking work?  

After construction is completed, parking will be available on the west side of the street between the bike lane and the travel lane. A similar design was first implemented on SW Broadway next to the Portland State University campus in 2009. PBOT has also installed parking protected bike lanes on SW Capitol Highway and N Rosa Parks Way.

When parking, park parallel to the white posts in marked spaces. Follow all posted parking restrictions. 

On the west side of NW Broadway, parking and loading zones will be available all hours of the day, except 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Friday. During the morning rush, parking will be prohibited. From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. the street will accommodate a second travel lane for southbound traffic. 

To provide the space for the new protected bike lanes, parking on the east side of the street will be removed. 

PBOT will also install one modular platform island to support people accessing services at Central City Concern. The platform will improve accessibility for passengers loading and unloading from vehicles on Flanders north of Burnside.

Public Involvement

Upcoming Events

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Past events

2020 CCIM Open Houses

  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Tuesday, February 18
  • Wednesday, February 26

Project Funding

$1.9 million

Planning Documents