What's Happening Now?
- Design is close to finished (currently at 95% design, minor corrections and tweaks remain prior to bid) -- the 60% update PDF map of the project in the Project Downloads section below is still reflective of the overall design
- Right of way process is underway for temporary construction easements, along with some property acquisitions (for properties on west side of 72nd north of Sumner)
- 70s Greenway: Cully Connector will be bundled with the Cully Neighborhood Street Improvement Project for construction, in an effort to better coordinate construction impacts and detours for the neighborhood
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.
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 plan to 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.