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122nd Ave Plan Update Spring 2024

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An update on plans and projects on 122nd Avenue

 Below is an update on the status of various projects, an expected timeline, and background information.

122nd Avenue is a busy, five-lane arterial street and one of the most dangerous in the city. The road serves some of Portland and Oregon’s most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Photo by PBOT.

Since 2018, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been developing a comprehensive plan for how to improve safety, access, and transit along 122nd Avenue between NE Marine Drive and SE Foster Road. That Plan is finally complete after many years of work and public engagement. The planning work has resulted in several upcoming construction projects.

There are a few different projects happening along 122nd Avenue with different funding, timelines, and scopes. There are some projects that are in design and engineering phase now, and the Safe Streets for All grant work will begin later this year and will have opportunities for community to shape the final project design.

122nd Avenue Plan: Safety Access and Transit

The Plan will be at council later this spring in support of the Safe Streets for All Grant acceptance action.

FOS Crossings & Lighting

This project will build new signalized crossings of NE 122nd Avenue near the intersections with Davis and Clinton streets. This project will include additional streetlights between San Rafael and Foster.

  • This project is going to bid soon, with construction anticipated to begin later in 2024.
  • This project is funded by Fixing our Streets (FOS) gas tax.

RFFA Crossings

This project will provide four new and/or improved crossings to help meet crosswalk spacing guidelines and improve safety and access along NE 122nd Avenue.

  • This project is funded by federal transportation dollars allocated from Metro’s Regional Flexible Fund Allocation (RFFA).
    • NE Beech Street
    • NE Russell Street (upgrade)
    • NE Broadway and Hancock Street
    • NE Wasco Street and Multnomah Street
  • Each crossing will include high visibility continental (zebra) crosswalk markings, streetlighting, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps and some type of signal.


a timeline showing different project phases on 122nd Ave.

Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Grant Application

PBOT was awarded $20 million in funding through the USDOT’s Safe Streets for All program focused on improving road safety and reducing road deaths. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years, 2022-2026.

The Safe Streets and Roads for All grant will fund many of the major safety improvements identified in PBOT’s 122nd Avenue Plan, which engaged community members and stakeholders from 2017 through 2021 to understand how Portlander’s use the road today and their priorities for the future.

The City still needs to finalize the acceptance of the grant funds before getting started on this work. A City Council hearing will be held to accept the funds in late May or early June 2024. Stay tuned for a council date.

How can you stay informed and engaged?

Continue to receive these email updates and share the link with others. Staff will send updates about projects and upcoming opportunities to comment on project proposals.

The Safe Street for All Grant projects still needs project development and there will be opportunities to see draft designs and provide input to shape the final designs.

For more questions contact:

Project Manager: Bryan Poole, 971-469-3644 (Cell)

Transportation Planner: Kathryn Doherty-Chapman, Kathryn.Doherty-Chapman@portlan… 503-823-4761