NE Multnomah Street Pilot Project

The NE Multnomah Main Street Pilot Project will modernize NE Multnomah Street by creating a “main street” for the Lloyd District that balances the needs of shoppers, future residents, and multi-modal transportation users.
NE Multnomah Pilot concept plan
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What’s happening now?

The project is substantially complete. Minor items will be completed as weather allows. Two planned bike corrals for the corridor will be installed in the spring. This is a pilot project, and PBOT is monitoring how the corridor functions for all users; we may make adjustments in the corridor as needed.

Project Background

The project considers the land-use and transportation changes that will transform the district in the coming years. Specifically, the Lloyd District will be altered by the opening of the Portland Streetcar Loop, bikeway development, the N/NE Quadrant Plan, and the proposal for a 780-unit mixed use development. The result is anticipated to rebalance and re-energize the Lloyd District and create a vibrant east-west retail spine.

Project Components

The pilot project’s boundaries include NE Multnomah Street from NE 16th Avenue to NE Wheeler Street and NE Holladay Street from NE 9th Avenue to NE Wheeler Street.

All lanes will be adjusted on NE Multnomah, making new striping necessary for the length of the project. Bike lanes will be next to the curbs for the length of the project on NE Multnomah and be protected from traffic by parked cars or a buffered area. The buffered area will contain either concrete planters or vertical, reflective traffic “wands.” To install concrete planters on Multnomah, PBOT is reusing planters from the Yamhill/Morrison transit mall downtown.

In addition, NE Multnomah will be repaved between NE 1st Avenue and NE Martin Luther King Boulevard Jr.

Once installed, the project will be studied for two years to measure traffic changes and design effectiveness. 

Lloyd TMA’s Multnomah Task Force

Earlier this year, the Lloyd TMA convened a task force of adjacent property owners, stakeholders, and technical experts from PBOT to discuss the future of NE Multnomah Street and its mission.

Task force goals:

  • create opportunities to improve the vitality of NE Multnomah
  • increase multi-modal safety and access
  • create a high quality east-west bikeway
  • preserve and expand visitor parking

As a participant, PBOT provided existing conditions and future demand modeling for the corridor. Technical analysis indicated that the corridor could be reconfigured from five to three travel lanes without triggering unacceptable backups and traffic diversion.

Planning Documents


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