The Errol Heights Street Improvement Project will pave the neighborhood’s gravel streets, add sidewalks to the two main east-west routes through the neighborhood, add street lights, address drainage issues, and improve water quality in Johnson Creek.
What's happening now?
Final engineering plans are complete and under final review. Check your mailbox: Property owners will have a second opportunity to submit LID petitions after receiving an updated packet mid-November 2020. LID details remain the same. LID formation hearings at City Council are anticipated in January and February 2021. The project will be advertised for bids in March 2021. Construction is anticipated to begin in late spring / early summer 2021 and last twelve months.
Project Background and Components
Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Environmental Services are coordinating on street and stormwater improvements in Errol Heights. This pilot project will improve safety, accessibility, stormwater management, and protect water quality in local creeks and streams. Working together ensures successful outcomes, including reduced costs, improved efficiency, and enhanced service delivery to the Portland community.
The project will improve about 1.2 miles of unpaved streets in the neighborhood where steep slopes, seeps, springs, and soils create local drainage issues and erode gravel roads. Poor road conditions impact the neighborhood’s livability and make it challenging for residents to walk, bike, drive, or be served by emergency vehicles.
As a pilot project for the city of Portland’s Neighborhood Streets Program, the project is an opportunity to highlight cost-effective designs for neighborhood streets and stormwater management, which can be used in areas that would be difficult or costly to serve.
Proposed Transportation Improvements
- 16’ to 28’ wide paved streets with gravel shoulders for parking.
- Sidewalks will be located on the north side of Malden Drive and on the south side of Tenino Drive/Court. Portland Parks & Recreation will pay for sidewalks and pathways that serve the park.
- Malden and Tenino Drive will have a curved roadway design to help slow traffic.
- Street lights will be added where needed to improve visibility of pedestrians.
- Street trees will be planted to meet the City’s Urban Forestry requirements for street improvements.
Proposed Stormwater Improvements
- Swales and pipes will carry stormwater from the streets to sumps (dry wells).
- Two larger stormwater facilities will slow and filter storm runoff: "West Basin" at SE 45th Avenue and Tenino Drive, and "East Basin" at SE 52nd Avenue and Tenino Court. Both facilities will be landscaped and incorporated into the design of Errol Heights Park.
Public funds are paying for project design, construction of stormwater facilities, additional street lighting, and street tree planting. Portland Parks and Recreation will fund construction of street and sidewalk improvements on SE Tenino Court adjacent to Errol Heights Park. PBOT is working with neighborhood property owners to form a Local Improvement District (LID) to pay for a portion of construction costs related to street improvements (grading, paving, sidewalks, driveway connections). Special financing for the LID will allow homeowners to defer payment of the LID assessment until properties are sold.