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Errol Heights Street Improvement Project

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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.
Errol Heights neighborhood
Construction began summer 2022
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Grand Opening Event Information

Join us to celebrate the completion of the Errol Heights Street and Stormwater Improvements and Errol Heights Park with free snacks and fun!  

Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Where: Errol Heights Park, 4714 SE Tenino Dr. (near the Community Gardens)
LIMITED PARKING: Walk, roll, or bus (#75) if you can!

Access information: 

  • Shuttle service with lift capabilities from the event parking lot on SE 45th and Harney Dr. to the entry point of the event.
  • ASL interpretation
  • All user accessible restroom
  • ADA paved paths
  • Quiet park areas

Información del Evento de Inauguración

¡Acompáñenos a celebrar la finalización de Errol Heights Park y Street and Stormwater Improvements, de parte de PBOT y BES, con botanas gratis y actividades divertidas!

Fecha: Sabado, 1° de junio, 2024
Hora: 10:30am-12:00pm
Donde: Errol Heights Park, 4714 SE Tenino Dr. (cerca del jardín comunitario)
ESTACIONAMIENTO LIMITADO: ¡Camine, ruede, o tome el autobús (#75) si puede!

Información de Acceso:

  • Servicio de transporte con capacidad de ascensor desde el estacionamiento del evento en SE 45th y Harney Dr. hasta el punto de entrada del evento.
  • Interpretación de ASL
  • Baño accesible para todos los usuarios
  • Caminos accesibles de la ADA
  • Areas tranquilas en el parque

Construction Update - April 2024

Construction continues on remaining concrete sidewalk segments on SE Malden Drive and SE 45th Avenue and the remaining stormwater facility near SE 52nd Avenue and SE Tenino Court. 

Paving was completed in February and crews have been waiting for dry weather to complete the final roadway striping in the neighborhood and on SE 45th. All new streetlights have been installed. Once inspections have been completed, Portland General Electric will energize the lights. 

Weeding and landscaping of the stormwater conveyance ditches will occur in April and May.  Street tree planting will begin in April and continue through May.  The new street trees will be maintained by the city's contractor for three years, including regular watering and pruning, as needed. 

Construction will be substantially completed by the end of May with final inspections and any required corrective work occurring through early summer 2024. 

Work to Date:

Kodiak Pacific Construction began work on the Errol Heights Street Improvement Project in June 2022.  

Construction crews spent the majority of 2022 installing the stormwater infrastructure on the project. This included installing thousands of feet of stormwater main pipe, multiple sedimentation manholes and sump systems (drywells) as well as culverts and ditch inlets/catch basins throughout the project area.

In January 2023, crews shifted their focus to construction of the gabion and concrete retaining walls throughout the project area.  

In spring 2023, Kodiak began grading of the roads throughout Errol Heights in preparation for summer paving. Work this spring will also include additional construction of concrete retaining walls, sidewalk on SE Malden and SE Tenino Drive/Tenino Court and stormwater detention facilities on SE 45th and SE 52nd. 

In summer 2023, crews continued work on concrete curbing, retaining walls and sidewalks. Crews also continued grading and paving roads and driveway connections throughout Errol Heights. Finally, crews began installing new street lights throughout the project area. 

In early 2024, all major paving work was completed. 

Project Background and Components

Two images, side-by-side, "Environmental Services City of Portland" and "Portland Bureau of Transportation"

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.

Project Funding

The total estimated project cost is $9.3 million. The City has allocated $7.7 million in public funds to pay for project design and construction of the street improvements and stormwater facilities.  Property owners will collectively contribute $1.6 million through the formation of a Local Improvement District (LID) to fund a portion of the construction costs related to street improvements (grading, paving, sidewalks, driveway connections). Special financing for the LID will allow all homeowners to defer payment of the LID assessment until properties are sold. Portland Parks and Recreation will approximately $1 million to the project to cover the cost of constructing street and sidewalk improvements on SE Tenino Court adjacent to Errol Heights Park. 

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Errol Heights Street Improvement Project