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NE Tillamook-Hancock Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project (Phase II): NE 28th to NE 62nd avenues

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is constructing a series of design changes on the Tillamook-Hancock Neighborhood Greenway between NE 28th and NE 62nd avenues. Phase 1 from N Flint to NE 28th was completed in 2019.
Image of Beverly Cleary middle school from Tillamook neighborhood greenway
Construction in phases beginning in 2021
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UPDATED: What's Happening Now - July 20, 2024

PBOT contractors and staff are done with work around Kelly Plaza, including a new two-way bicycle lane and signals on NE Sandy Blvd, new access ramps on NE 42nd Ave, and associated striping improvements. Signal timing adjustments are complete and new signal activation takes place on Monday, July 22, 2024.

(Dec, 2023) PBOT is working on contracting out elements for Kelly Plaza improvements. See updated plans for specific details about the connection of the NE Hancock greenway from NE 42nd to 43rd avenues.

The plans do not include the signal upgrades at NE Sandy Boulevard. The signal improvements are being managed by PBOT's Signal and Streetlighting maintenance operations staff. Signal improvements include bicycle-only signals for people traveling east and west across NE Sandy Boulevard using the NE Hancock neighborhood greenway to access Kelly Plaza.

  • Detailed design elements for access improvements to Kelly Plaza complete.
  • Data collection in Hollywood District to evaluate NE Hancock operational changes complete.
  • Construction completed on elements on NE Hancock Street from NE 32nd to 42nd Avenues.
  • Advisory bike lanes are installed on NE 43rd Ave connecting to NE Tillamook & NE Hancock greenways.

About Neighborhood Greenways

Portland’s neighborhood greenways are residential streets designed to prioritize bicycling and enhance conditions for pedestrians. They are a key component of Portland’s transportation system, and the City is committed to operating them as such. Currently more than 100 miles of neighborhood greenways, developed in three distinct phases since the first project on SE Salmon and Taylor streets occurred more than 30 years ago, connect the city. 

To learn more about neighborhood greenways, visit the program webpage.

Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report and Guidelines

Portland’s 2015 Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report recommended a series of performance guidelines for neighborhood greenways that are based on national and local guidance. Download the Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report.

The Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway is an important safe route to school for Harriet Tubman, Irvington, Rose City Park, and Beverly Cleary communities. It's one of the city’s oldest neighborhood greenways with little investment since construction.

Current Issues on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway between NE 28th and NE 62nd avenues

View map of main challenges

IssueProblem DefinitionSolution
Vehicle VolumesVehicle volumes on the greenway are higher than PBOT's performance target, particularly on US Grant Place from 33th avenues. Disconnected street grid makes traffic diversion more challenging than usual. Narrow bike lanes through Hollywood Business District. Emergency Response route limits traffic calming and access management optionsDevelop NE Hancock Street between NE 32nd and NE 42nd avenues as a low-vehicle volume route alternative to the existing route between NE 32nd and NE 42nd avenues
Vehicle SpeedsSections of the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway see 85th percentile speeds over 20 miles per hourSpeed bumps at specific locations on the neighborhood greenway. Speed bumps are PBOT’s most effective tool to slow speeding auto traffic
Intersection ControlLocal and national guidelines recommend limiting the number of stop signs along a neighborhood greenway route in order to decrease travel time for bicyclistsConvert stop signs along greenway to stop signs at the minor intersections, allowing people on bikes to flow continuously through the greenway.

Planned Project Components

NE Hancock between NE 33rd and NE 37th avenuesConcrete surface smoothing (complete).
NE Hancock and 33rd AvenuePush button activated street crossing for people biking (complete).
NE Hancock between NE 28th and NE 62nd avenuesSpeedbumps, striping and signage as needed (complete).
NE Sandy and NE 42nd & 43rd areaEnhancements to greenway crossing of NE Sandy via Kelly Plaza (in design).
NE Hancock between Cesar Chavez and NE 41st Avenue

One-way westbound from Chavez to 40th; one-way eastbound from 40th to 41st (complete).

Two-way bike access.

NE 43rd from NE Sandy to TillamookAdvisory bike lane connection between NE Hancock and NE Tillamook on NE 43rd (complete).

View map of changes on for NE Hancock from Cesar Chavez Blvd to 41st Ave

View a graphic depicting access improvements to Kelly Plaza connecting NE Hancock between NE 42nd and NE 43rd Aves.

Why build a neighborhood greenway on NE Hancock from NE 32nd to NE 42nd?

We're building a neighborhood greenway on NE Hancock from NE 32nd to NE 42nd to provide a low-stress alternative to US Grant Place. The route will include a smoother NE Hancock, traffic calming features like speed bumps, a bike-accessible crossing of NE 33rd and connections to the NE Tillamook neighborhood greenway to the west and Kelly Plaza and bike lanes at NE 42nd Ave to the east. The NE Hancock neighborhood greenway provides direct access to Beverly Cleary school as well as the NE 38th Avenue neighborhood greenway to the north.

US Grant Place from NE 33rd to NE 38th avenues has several challenges that make traffic calming or diversion untenable without a holistic look at the neighborhood street grid. As an intermediate step, PBOT is building an alternative route on NE Hancock. In the future, a neighborhood-wide traffic operations plan could examine the role US Grant Place and other streets in the neighborhood operate and how changes would impact the overall system. 

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