What's Happening Now?
- Online survey results are available in the Project Downloads section below (PDF download).
- Design phase began in May 2021. Design will take about 18 months.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Metro are partnering to make NE 72nd Avenue safe and comfortable for pedestrians and people biking by building a neighborhood greenway through the heart of the Cully and Roseway neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways are residential streets that place a priority on pedestrians and people biking. Greenways typically average fewer than 2,000 car trips per day, with speeds of 20 mph or less. We are in the early design phase for this project and need your input. Beginning in 2023, PBOT will build new sidewalks and bicycle paths between NE Lombard Street and Sandy Boulevard.
New sidewalks and bicycle paths will safely connect residents to neighborhood stores, schools, and parks. Eventually this greenway will connect with other PBOT projects, providing one continuous connection all the way south to the Springwater Corridor Trail.
How Greenways Make Streets More Comfortable
Less traffic. One goal of this project is to decrease car traffic on NE 72nd Avenue by preventing it from being used by cut-through traffic. For instance, we may prevent certain turns at the intersection of NE Sandy Boulevard and Fremont Street so that drivers stick to the main roads.
Safer crosswalks. Another goal is to make crossing the street safer for pedestrians and people biking. We’re recommending improvements to the following intersections:
- NE 72nd Avenue and Alberta Street
- NE 72nd Avenue and Prescott Street
- NE 72nd Avenue, Sandy Boulevard, and Fremont Street
Separated paths. Wherever possible, PBOT will design the greenway to create a separation between the vehicle travel lanes and the pedestrian and bike paths.
Slower traffic. In places where people biking share the road with those driving, PBOT will install speed bumps to help keep speeds under 20 mph.
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Public Involvement Activities
April 2021: Online survey (open April 19 through May 31, 2021)
April 20, 2021: Cully Association of Neighbors presentation and feedback
March 9 & April 13, 2021: Roseway Neighborhood Association presentation and feedback