SW Broadway Bike Improvements Project

Transportation
Under Construction
The Portland Bureau of Transportation brought a host of improvements to SW Broadway in 2022, making it safer for all travelers. The bike lane on SW Broadway from SW Oak to Clay streets was upgraded and moved against the curb. Additional improvements are coming to this high crash corridor 2022-2024.
Four people bicycle in a protected bike lane next to a tree-lined sidewalk. A parked car is on the left of the bicyclists.
Construction at SW Broadway and Main November - December 2022
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Three pedestrians cross SW Broadway in a marked crosswalk near a concert hall.
SW Broadway at SW Main, looking north. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will install a curb extension at SW Broadway and Main to create a curb-height passenger loading area to serve events and programming for Portland'5, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Construction begins Wednesday, Nov. 30 on an additional improvement to 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. 

Contractors working for PBOT will install 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.  

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.  

When complete, the curb extension will provide a safe place for passengers to load and unload, and people bicycling will continue to be separated from moving vehicles.  Construction on this improvement is anticipated to last through December 2022. 

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. 

Completed activities: 

  • Protected bike lane installation, high visibility crosswalks
  • Parking sign adjustments
  • Minor signal modifications

Construction update Sept. 28, 2022

Upcoming activities: 

  • 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

Completed activities: 

  • 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

Upcoming activities: 

  • 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

Completed activities: 

  • 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. 

Upcoming activities: 

  • 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 
  • October
    • Final parking sign adjustments

Construction update Aug. 29, 2022

Upcoming activities:

  • Striping on SW Broadway between Oak and Clay streets anticipated to begin mid-September. 

Completed activities: 

  • 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. 

Upcoming activities: 

  • 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. 

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Project overview

In 2022, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will improve street operations on SW Broadway between Oak to Clay streets.

Two pedestrians walking across a street at an intersection with a marked crosswalk.
PBOT will install high-visibility crosswalks like this one at signalized intersections throughout the corridor.

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. 


Project benefits

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.

Project timeline 

  • 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 

Project impacts

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: 


Public involvement

Past events

July 2022

  • Project staff going door-to-door to businesses to provide construction and parking information

April 2022 Central City in Motion Working Group Meeting

2020 Central City in Motion Open Houses

  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26

Project funding

$750,000 from Metro’s Regional Flexible Fund


Planning documents

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