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Post-construction update September 27, 2023
PBOT has received significant community feedback on recent proposals to modify the bicycling facilities on NW and SW Broadway. Based on this feedback and direction from Director Williams, PBOT staff are actively moving forward with the following:
- Conducting a full project evaluation
- Implementing previously planned and budgeted safety upgrades on Broadway. Several improvements were delayed in the last year due to contractor availability. Funded improvements PBOT contractors will build include:
- Improvements to the valet environment at the Vance, Benson and Heathman hotels with installation of new valet loading platforms similar to the platform fronting the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. These platforms will reduce conflicts between hotel patrons and cyclists. Construction of these platforms is scheduled for this winter, with specific construction timing to be coordinated with hotel management.
- Traffic signal upgrades at the SW Taylor and Jefferson intersections. These upgrades will reduce conflicts between right turning vehicles and people bicycling on Broadway by installing bicycle and right turn signal phases. Additionally the traffic signal at SW Oak will be upgraded to add a northbound bicycle signal. Construction of these signal upgrades is scheduled to begin next year and will be coordinated with the SW 4th Avenue project.
- Traffic signal and striping upgrades at NW Glisan. This upgrade is similar to those planned at Taylor and Jefferson and will reduce conflicts between right turning vehicles and people bicycling on Broadway by installing bicycle and right turn signal phases. This project is part of a larger federally funded safety project. Construction is slated to begin by the end of next year.
- Exploring additional upgrading or “hardening” portions of the existing bike lane in its current configuration (similar to the proposed bike lane for the forthcoming SW Fourth Avenue project).
We look forward to sharing the project evaluation and proposed upgrades for public feedback later this year.
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Prior Construction Updates
Construction is substantially complete on the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) SW Broadway Bike Improvements project. This key Central City in Motion project provides a comfortable, safe southbound bicycle connection through the heart of downtown from the Broadway Bridge to I-405.
In winter 2022-2023, contractors working for PBOT installed a curb extension at SW Broadway and Main to create a curb-height passenger loading zone to serve events and programming for Portland’5, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and Antoinette Hatfield Hall.
The construction of the curb extension is complete and the passenger loading zone adjacent to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is one again open to the public. Contractors will install striping updates in spring 2023 on the curb extension as soon as weather allows.
People bicycling will ramp up to sidewalk level and ramp down to the street level at the curb extension. As is the case today, people bicycling should yield to pedestrians crossing the bike lane.
The curb extension provides a safe place for passengers to load and unload, while maintaining separation for people bicycling from moving vehicles.
Construction update December 22, 2022
The passenger loading zone adjacent to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is now open to the public, and the bike lane detour has been removed. Bicyclists are encouraged to travel slowly up and over the new concrete curb extension, expect to see pedestrians to cross the bike lane, and yield to pedestrians.
In spring 2023, contractors will install yellow tactile domes along the sidewalk side of the curb extension and striping of the bike lane at the curb extension. This work requires dry, warm conditions.
- Construction of the concrete curb extension
- Installation of signs and reflective tubular posts
- Installation of metal handrails on the sidewalk
Construction update November 21, 2022
Upcoming activities November 30 through December 9 include saw cutting, setting forms, pouring concrete for a new curb extension at SW Broadway and SW Main.
- Protected bike lane installation, high visibility crosswalks
- Parking sign adjustments
- Minor signal modifications
Construction update Sept. 28, 2022
- Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. (night work): Striping green in the bike lane, installing high-visibility crosswalks at intersections
- Sept. 29 - Oct. 15 (day work): Parking sign adjustments continue. West side of Broadway between SW Main and Clay streets, east side of Broadway between SW Oak and Clay streets
- High-visibility crosswalk installation and pavement markings in the bike lane
- Parking sign adjustments on the west side of Broadway between SW Oak and Main streets
Construction update Sept. 21, 2022
- Sept. 20-30, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (day work): Parking sign adjustments
- Sept. 26-30, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. (night work): Striping green in the bike lane, upgrading pedestrian crossings to high visibility crosswalks at intersections
- Striping removal on SW Broadway between Oak and Clay streets
- Striping, tuff curb and post protection on SW Broadway between Oak and Clay streets
- Right-turn signal, new bike signal at SW Broadway at Clay installed and activated
Construction update Sept. 8, 2022
Contractors with the Portland Bureau of Transportation begin striping removal and re-striping next week, on Monday Sept. 12.
The traveling public should anticipate parking restrictions, lane closures, and travel delays.
- Sept. 12-13, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daytime work)
- Striping removal on SW Broadway between SW Oak and Clay
- Sept. 14-18, 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. (night work)
- Striping, tuff curb protection on SW Broadway between SW Oak and Clay
- Final parking sign adjustments
Construction update Aug. 29, 2022
- Striping on SW Broadway between Oak and Clay streets anticipated to begin mid-September.
- Pavement repair is complete on SW Broadway between Salmon and Main streets and between Harvey Milk and Oak streets.
Construction update Aug. 11, 2022
Contractors with the Portland Bureau of Transportation are preparing for construction. Construction begins Wednesday, Aug. 17.
- Aug. 17-18: Pavement repair on SW Broadway between SW Salmon and Main streets and between SW Harvey Milk and Oak streets. Pavement is being repaired for safety in advance of relocating the bike lane to the curb.
In 2022, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will improve street operations on SW Broadway between Oak to Clay streets.
This is one of the 18 projects identified in the Central City in Motion plan, and will create consistency along Broadway from the Broadway Bridge to Portland State University (PSU), connecting to the recently-completed NW Broadway protected bike lane and the SW Broadway parking-protected bike lanes by PSU.
This project is designed to help our transportation system accommodate more Portlanders as they return to employment, educational, and cultural opportunities in the Central City in the coming years.
This project will bring a host of improvements to the SW Broadway you know and use every day. The street is being designed to provide dedicated space for people who bike and to make the street safer for all users.
- The bike lane will be upgraded on this high-crash corridor, completing Broadway’s missing link of the southbound protected bike lane.
- Signal modifications at select intersections will improve safety for pedestrians and people biking.
- High-visibility crosswalks will be installed at signalized intersections throughout the corridor, further improving pedestrian safety.
- This project involves changes that will impact on-street parking and loading zones.
- Summer 2022 – Construction of SW Broadway Bike Improvements Project
- Spring 2022 – Central City in Motion (CCIM) Working Group & Stakeholder Engagement
- Winter 2021 – Engineering & Design
- Spring 2020 – CCIM Open Houses
- 2018 – Portland City Council Adopts the Central City in Motion Implementation Plan
- 2016 - 2018 – Early Concept Planning & Central City in Motion Public Engagement
This project involves adjustments to on-street parking and loading zones. Parking will continue to be available on the east side of the street. Parking will also 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, and recently implemented on Broadway from the Broadway Bridge to SW Oak Street.
View block-by-block parking adjustments:
- Project staff going door-to-door to businesses to provide construction and parking information
April 2022 Central City in Motion Working Group Meeting
- April 11, 2022, 5-6 p.m. (More details)
2020 Central City in Motion Open Houses
- Wednesday, March 4
- Tuesday, Feb. 18
- Wednesday, Feb. 26
$750,000 from Metro’s Regional Flexible Fund