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

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Engineering And Design
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is constructing a series of design changes on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway between NE 28th and NE 62nd avenues. Phase 1 from N Flint to NE 28th was completed in 2019.
Construction in phases beginning in 2021
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What's Happening Now

Outreach about the project plan is underway. 

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 90 miles of neighborhood greenways, developed in three distinct phases since the first project on SE Salmon and Taylor streets more than 30 years ago, connect the city.

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

LocationElement
NE Hancock between NE 33rd and NE 37th avenuesConcrete surface smoothing (complete)
NE Hancock and 33rd AvenuePush button activated street crossing for people biking
NE Hancock between NE 28th and NE 62nd avenuesSpeedbumps, striping and signage as needed
NE Sandy and NE 42nd areaEnhancements to greenway crossing of NE Sandy

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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