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SW Bond Avenue Extension

The portion of SW Bond Avenue currently under construction is a 0.3-mile segment between SW River Parkway and SW Porter Street (the west end of the Tilikum Crossing bridge). This Phase 1 will serve the OHSU Schnitzer Campus, including the recently completed Knight Cancer Research Building.
SW Bond Street extension completion

Completed November 2019

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Project Background

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SW Bond street section proposal

The extension of SW Bond Avenue continues over 20 years of planning and infrastructure provision to support redevelopment in the South Waterfront District. The City has been working with property owners, development teams, and other stakeholders to gradually transform this once largely industrial area into a thriving mixed-use community with a range of employment, housing, and retail options along with public amenities such as parks and trails. Realizing the vision for the district requires building a system of streets for people to access places by foot, mobility device, bike, transit, car, truck, and emergency vehicle.

Most of the South Waterfront District south of SW Gibbs Street (the base of the Portland Aerial Tram) features an existing street grid built over the past 15 years. From SW Gibbs Street northward to the Marquam Bridge, street infrastructure is limited and several large properties are in the planning and development process.

Street development in South Waterfront is guided by theSouth Waterfront Street Plan, Criteria and Standards, originally adopted in 1996 under the name North Macadam District Street Plan and most recently amended in December 2016. The document establishes the locations, classifications, physical characteristics, and design features of the desired street network in South Waterfront.

SW Bond Avenue is intended to be a major north-south street serving the full length of South Waterfront and connecting it to the rest of the Central City, similar to SW Moody Avenue today. Once complete in its entirety, SW Bond Avenue will become a “couplet” with SW Moody Avenue, with Bond hosting one-way northbound car and bike traffic while Moody handles southbound traffic. The street will be built in multiple phases. Construction of subsequent segments of SW Bond Avenue will depend upon the timelines of adjacent development by the Zidell companies.

Project Design

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SW Bond Street detailed street section

When Phase 1 of the SW Bond Avenue Extension opens in 2019, it will have an “interim design” that includes one motor vehicle travel lane in each direction, a northbound separated bike lane, on-street parking, and temporary asphalt sidewalks. During this interim phase, Bond will be open to motor vehicle traffic between SW River Parkway and SW Meade Street (an east-west street being constructed by OHSU.) Between future SW Meade Street and SW Porter Street (Tilikum Crossing), Bond will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only.

As development occurs incrementally along SW Bond Avenue, permanent improvements will be installed including concrete sidewalks, landscaping, and other design features. The timing of these permanent improvements will depend on the timelines of adjacent development, including the OHSU Schnitzer Campus and the South Waterfront Greenway. PBOT will be engaging the Portland Design Commission and working with Portland Parks & Recreation, OHSU and Zidell to ensure a cohesive final design of SW Bond Avenue and surrounding public spaces.

Eventually, when SW Bond Avenue is extended to SW Whitaker Street (one block south of the Portand Aerial Tram), SW Bond Avenue will be converted to one-way northbound vehicle and bicycle traffic, with southbound traffic served by SW Moody Avenue.

Much of SW Bond Avenue will be elevated and built on retaining walls to match other streets and developments in the area, including the west landing of the Tilikum Crossing.       

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Project Funding

The cost of SW Bond Avenue Extension Phase 1 (SW River Parkway to SW Porter Street) is approximately $11 million. 

The SW Bond Avenue Extension is a public/private partnership, with public funds coming from the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area administered by Prosper Portland, transportation system development charges (SDCs) administered by PBOT, and an Immediate Opportunity Fund grant from Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Property owners including OHSU and Zidell are contributing to the project by performing environmental remediation, dedicating right-of-way and constructing frontage improvements.

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