PBOT will begin construction on SE 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit Project this summer

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Illustration of 162nd and Tibbets new crossing
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will begin construction on the SE 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit project this summer. The project will improve safety for people walking, taking transit, biking, and driving on SE 162nd Ave between SE Stark Street and SE Powell Boulevard.
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Interlaken, Inc. of Fairview Oregon will construct the project. Interlaken, Inc. is a state-certified Women-owned Business Enterprise, and in addition, 20% of the project will be completed by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program-certified subcontractors.  

After the construction contract is executed, Interlaken, Inc. will coordinate with PBOT on several documents including schedules, safety plans, and traffic control plans before breaking ground in late June or July.  

In addition to email updates, PBOT will send mailers to community members in the area in advance of construction to share information about the project.  

We now have a single point-of-contact e-mail address for projects in the area, which helps the project team better respond to your questions and concerns during construction: EPDXConstruction@portlandoregon.gov

More about the SE 162nd Safety and Access to Transit Project 

We see far too much illegal speeding along the 1.7-mile stretch of SE 162nd Avenue between SE Stark and SE Powel Blvd where PBOT will make improvements. More than 6,000 drivers exceed the speed limit here daily. Combined with few places to cross the road safely, this is extremely dangerous. It makes it harder for people in the neighborhood to get to their school, the bus stop, or new parks like Parklane Park and Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park.    

The biggest change will be the lane configurations which will go from five vehicle travel lanes to three. This discourages speeding and makes it easier for us to build safer places for people to cross the street. PBOT plans to build seven new pedestrian crossings. We’ll also build new sidewalks, add street lighting to the crossings, and make the existing bike lanes more comfortable. We will also repave SE 162nd Ave between SE Division St and SE Powell Blvd as part of this project thanks to Fixing Our Streets

The SE 162nd Safety and Access to Transit project is funded with $4,300,000 from Fixing Our Streets and $1,700,000 from TriMet and House Bill 2017.  

For more information or a background on the project, the community benefits, the impact to vehicle travel times or other traffic data, visit our website at: portland.gov/transportation/162nd-Safety