Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway on NE 9th Ave

Transportation
Engineering And Design
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be constructing a neighborhood greenway on NE 9th between NE Tillamook and NE Holman and a safer experience for people traveling on NE 7th.
Construction beginning in 2022
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Phase 1 Implementation of the Lloyd to Woodlawn Project
The first phase of the Lloyd to Woodlawn Project will prioritize the NE Safer 7th Ave project, as well as focused areas connecting to NE 9th Ave. Construction will continue throughout 2022 summer.

Project overview

Read the Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway Plan Report here. The plan was developed after years of engagement with neighbors, community groups and organizations along the corridor to help identify the preferred route and design for a neighborhood greenway.

The Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway Project will expand the citywide low-stress walking and bicycling network in Northeast Portland by creating a safe and pleasant place to walk or bike to employment centers, neighborhood destinations, schools, and nearby parks.  

What's happening now?

Construction at NE 7th Avenue and Tillamook Street is expected to begin the week of September 19, 2022. The tree currently in the traffic circle at NE 7th Ave and NE Tillamook Street blocks sightlines and makes navigating this intersection difficult. For the visibility and safety of people walking, biking and rolling, this traffic circle and tree will be removed and replaced by an intersection that includes marked crosswalks and bikeways.

Street design drawing showing pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements at NE Tillamook and NE 7th.
Street design drawing showing pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements at NE Tillamook and NE 7th.

How to use the new intersection

  • People walking or rolling:
    • Will use one of four new high visibility crosswalk markings to cross NE 7th Avenue. (New speed bumps and a slow speeds planter[FN1] [PN2] [SM3]  will slow drivers prior to the intersection.)
  • People travelling by bike:
    • Westbound on NE Tillamook Street and northbound on NE 7th turning westbound (left) onto NE Tillamook Street will be able to use either the protected intersection, the buffered bike lane, the green bike box and then the green striped crossbike; or those comfortable riding in-lane may turn from the travel lane, as indicated by a shared lane marking (sharrow);
    • Northbound on NE 7th Avenue will be able to use the buffered bike lanes and the protected intersection to go straight through or turn right onto the south leg of NE Tillamook Street;
    • Southbound on NE 7th Avenue and eastbound on NE Tillamook Street will be able to use the buffered bike lanes and use either the marked crosswalk; or those comfortable riding in-lane may turn from the travel lane, as indicated by a shared lane marking;
    • People connecting to the Blumenauer Bridge will be able to use new buffered bike lanes connecting from NE Tillamook Street to the existing bike lanes south of NE Weidler Street.
  • People driving will need to drive more slowly due to the new speed bumps and the slow speeds planter. They will also be alerted to people walking, biking or rolling by the four new high visibility crossw

Construction

NE 7th Ave will be closed to vehicles at NE Tillamook St for four to six weeks.

  • NE 7th Avenue Northbound will be closed to drivers at San Rafael Street.
  • NE 7th Avenue Southbound will be closed to drivers traveling at NE Tillamook Street.
  • NE Tillamook Street Eastbound will be right turn only onto NE 7th Avenue for local access. Drivers traveling east on NE Tillamook Street from NE Martin Luther King Boulevard should exercise caution as they approach the work zone.
  • NE Tillamook Street Westbound will be closed at NE 7th Avenue.
A map showing the traffic patterns during construction on NE 7TH Avenue and NE Tillamook Street.
A map showing the traffic patterns during construction on NE 7TH Avenue and NE Tillamook Street.

What’s next after construction?

After completion of these Phase 1 improvements, PBOT is committed to seeking funding for the Phase 2 recommendations outlined in the Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway Plan Report. In addition, PBOT last week committed to neighbors along the lower portion of NE 7th Avenue that discussions about traffic management on the street would continue. This will consist of monitoring traffic volumes, speeds, and crashes after completion of the Phase I improvements, and may include follow-up mitigation if necessary. Additional future changes to NE 7th Ave would require PBOT to re-engage the broader community to ensure that such an outcome would work for users along the entire corridor and reflect the priorities of historically disadvantaged communities.

Project funding

The project is funded by $522,000 from the Fixing Our Streets initiative and $1,478,000 from Transportation System Development Charges.

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Planning Documents

Community History and Resources

Open House #1 - Listening and Learning (February 2018)

Open House # 2 - Design Options (October 2018)

NE 9th Ave Neighborhood Greenway - Community Design Meeting (October 2019)