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SE 162nd Ave Safety and Access to Transit Project: SE Stark Street to SE Powell Boulevard

Under Construction
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is improving safety for people walking, taking transit, biking, and driving on SE 162nd Ave between SE Stark/Alder St and SE Powell Blvd. The safe crossings are being constructed as part of a partnership between TriMet and the City of Portland.
Illustration of 162nd and Tibbets new crossing
Construction summer 2022 to spring 2023
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What’s happening in the next 3 weeks?

Sidewalk and curb ramp work is beginning on SE 162nd Ave the week of June 27, 2022. This work is dependent on weather, staffing, and material availability. The schedule is subject to change. Interlaken, Inc. is the lead contractor on the project. You should expect:

  1. Sidewalk construction on SE Main St west of SE 162nd Ave and on SE 162nd Ave north of SE Taylor St. Each of these locations should take about 2 weeks to complete. 
  2. Curb ramp construction at corners with outdated corner designs. Curb ramp design requirements are in place to help prevent unsafe situations, such as people falling out of wheelchairs or scooters, or tripping while using a cane or walker. Expect some curb closures and temporary signs restricting on-street parking next to construction. (Want to learn more about how we build curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act? Watch PBOT Crew members explain how they build new sidewalk curb ramps for all Portlanders). 
  3. Accommodation for pedestrians when existing pedestrian routes are impacted by construction.
  4. Construction equipment and construction staff on SE 162nd Ave as the team prepares for paving.

What's on tap for late summer

  • In Fall 2022, grinding and paving of the road will begin on SE 162nd from SE Powell Blvd to Division Street and at SE Alder, Mill, and Grant streets. Paving will take about two months. In the first month the center lanes will be paved, and in the second month the outer lanes will be paved. Expect delays when travelling on SE 162nd Ave during construction. (Curious about how people pave a street? Watch PBOT crew members explain how they grind and pave our city streets to create smooth roads).
  • We’ll continue to share more detailed construction updates as the information becomes available.
  • A note about paving between SE Division St and Stark St:  We’re aware of the pavement condition on SE 162nd Ave between SE Stark to SE Division and are looking for funding sources to complete the northern paving project in the future. The cost to pave the section south of SE Division is what fits the currently available budget from the Fixing our Streets 10-cent gas tax. North of SE Division, we will pave the three blocks adjacent to the new pedestrian crossings at SE Alder, SE Mill, and SE Lincoln.

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A note for screen reader users

PBOT understands that the map above is not screen reader accessible and we are working toward a permanent solution.  Due to the complexity of the information the map provides and the currently available map platforms at the city, we ask for your patience while we work on a technology-based solution.  As we work toward providing that level of accessibility, please contact elisabeth.rickles@portlandorego… to reach PBOT staff who can assist you to get the data you need from the map.   You can also contact PBOT’s ADA Coordinator at Lisa.Strader@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-5703. Thank  you for your understanding and patience.

Project Background

In 2018, TriMet added new bus service (line 74) on 162nd Ave. The goals of the 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit Project are:

  • Improve pedestrian crossings near transit stops
  • Increase safety through street design and reduce illegal speeding
  • Enhance bicycle facilities

To accomplish these goals, the project will:

  • Build three new pedestrian street crossings serving TriMet’s new Line 74 bus stops, and four that service people crossing the street to access shopping or schools. 
  • Reduce vehicle travel lanes to create new places to cross the street and discourage illegal speeding.
  • Add sidewalk where it is missing, street lighting at new crossings, and enhancements to existing bike lanes.

Pavement paving was also added to this project in Fall 2020. SE 162nd between SE Division Street and SE Powell Boulevard will be paved as part of this project thanks to the Fixing Our Streets gas tax.

Explore the traffic speed and volume data that supports this project:

View 162nd Avenue Project Presentation to Centennial Community Association

Project Funding

$700,000 from TriMet Federal Transit Administration 5307 funds, $1,000,000 from House Bill 2017 funds, $4,300,000 from Fixing Our Streets. 

About the bike lane design


Project paid for by Fixing Our Streets: Your dime at work.