NE 60th Walkway: Construction Begins Soon

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is planning to begin construction of the Alternative Pedestrian Walkway on NE 60th in the Cully Neighborhood the week of August 17.

Construction Update

  • Construction mobilization (moving equipment and supplies to the project site) will begin August 17, 2020 (some tree trimming may occur before this date). Major work, beginning with clearing some shrubs and weeds, followed by grading the shoulder area will begin shortly after.
  • Project construction will occur in two segments. The first segment is north of Killingsworth (NE Portland Highway to Killingsworth) and the second segment is from Killingsworth to Going.
  • The goal is to complete the northern section by fall 2020. It may be possible to complete the southern section in 2020 as well, but this will largely depend on how rainy the fall and early winter are. If the weather is uncooproative, the project will likely wrap up spring 2021.
  • The contractor, Just Bucket Excavating, will use door hangers to notify neighbors of any temporary driveway closures.
  • Detour and No Parking signage will be placed throughout the project area as needed for the safety of construction crews and neighbors.

Project Background

Alternative Pedestrian Walkways provide a paved, safe place for people to walk and are less costly, quicker to design and construct than standard sidewalks. They are included in the Implementation Toolbox of PedPDX, the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan, which was adopted by City Council in June 2019. The NE 60th Avenue project is one of the first Alternative Pedestrian Walkways to be construction in Portland.

The walkway will be six feet wide and protected from traffic with raised concrete traffic separators. Between Going and Killingsworth, the path will be on the west side of NE 60th. North of Killingsworth, the path will tie into the existing sidewalk on the east side of NE 60th. The project’s limited funding only allows for the path to be on one side of the street. The path’s placement was determined by existing conditions in the area, including avoiding challenging slopes, drainage ditches and culverts, significant trees, utility poles, and other conflicts.

Since the path will be adjacent to the travel lane and not set back all the way to property lines, on-street parking will be restricted on the side of the street that the path is on. There will be breaks in the traffic separators for driveway access.

More details and a map of the project can be found on the project website: