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Killingsworth Street Repaving and Safety Improvements

Transportation
Engineering And Design
Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will repave and add safety improvements to NE Killingsworth Street from 53rd Avenue to Cully Boulevard in the summer of 2024.
Construction starts Summer 2024
Location Description
NE Killingsworth Street between 53rd Avenue & Cully Boulevard

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What's Happening Now

The project is in design and is on track for construction in the summer of 2024. Before work begins, PBOT staff will reach out to impacted residents to let them know what to expect during construction. Learn more about the project and the community engagement process by reading the information on this page.
 

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Project Background

NE Killingsworth Street is an important connector for NE Portland and runs through the heart of the Cully neighborhood. In 2019 Killingsworth Street was identified as a maintenance and safety project to be completed by the Fixing Our Streets Program. The total project is $3.4 million with an additional $750,000 for lighting on the north side of the street. We will be repaving NE Killingsworth Street and we’re taking the opportunity to fix safety issues while we’re working on the street. 

Community Engagement

PBOT staff shared the proposed project design and sought feedback through an online survey from August - October 2022. In November 2022, two focus groups were held with Cully residents and commmunity-based organizations. Read the summary below to learn more.

The following presentation was shared with residents on November 3, 2022 as a focus group coordinated in partnership with Living Cully Coalition. 

Study Area

Project Area 53rd-Cully

Design Concept

Proposed Street Design

Killingsworth 53rd to Cully Project Concept

Street Cross Section: Current

illustrated cross section of current layout of NE Killingsworth St

Street Cross Section: Proposed Design

cross section of proposed design for NE Killingsworth St

Project Segments and Timeline

East Segment: 53rd Avenue to Cully Boulevard

Map of Killingsworth St with 53rd Avenue to Cully Boulevard highlighted
  • This segment will receive a pavement resurfacing treatment to extend the pavement life. 
  • A lane reconfiguration and restriping the street to provide parking-protected bike lanes will be installed to improve safety and comfort for people bicycling.
  • To maintain safe visibility, roughly half the on-street parking spaces will have to be removed to implement a parking-protected bike lane. However, a recent parking study indicates that most blocks will still have enough parking capacity to meet current demand.
  • To improve pedestrian safety, we will to rebuild the aging mid-block half-signal between 54th Ave and 55th Ave and add median islands, and improve the existing pedestrian crossing at 64th Ave with additional median islands.
  • Segment improvements for 53rd Avenue – Cully Boulevard are funded and construction is expected in summer 2024.

West Segment: 42nd Avenue to 53rd Avenue

Map of Killingsworth St with 42nd to 53rd Avenues highlighted
  • This segment is in good condition and does not yet need to be repaved.
  • A lane reconfiguration and restriping the street to provide parking-protected bike lanes is being considered for future implementation, should additional funding be secured.
  • Enhancing existing pedestrian crossings to improve safety is being considered for future implementation, should additional funding be secured.
  • Segment improvements for 42nd – 53rd Avenue are currently unfunded.

On-street Parking Impacts

According to a parking study conducted in Spring 2022 from 42nd Ave to Cully Blvd, on-street parking space occupancy is moderate along NE Killingsworth Street, with average demand well below the number of available parking spaces on each block. Even in peak occupancy time periods, only two blocks had all spaces occupied and most blocks had an abundance of available parking spaces. To assess the parking impacts of the proposed redesign of NE Killingsworth with parking-protected bike lanes, we calculated how many spaces would be available post-implementation, then looked at how the current occupancy compares to that revised capacity. We found that in both the average and peak usage scenarios, most blocks will have plenty of available on-street parking spaces. However, in some blocks the demand will outstrip the proposed supply and in that case drivers may have to park on adjacent blocks and walk further to their destinations. The most impacted blocks when looking at average use in the study area are:

  • South side from 42nd Avenue to 47th Avenue
  • South side from 48th to 49th Avenue
  • South side from 53rd to 54th Avenue
  • North side from 48th to 55th Avenue
  • North side from 60th to 62nd Avenue

Since PBOT currently only has funding for a roadway redesign from 53rd Avenue to Cully Blvd in conjunction with the upcoming resurfacing project, the actual parking impacts in the near-term will be fairly low, limited to the blocks in the 53rd to 55th Avenue area on both sides, and from 60th to 62nd Avenue on the north side. In peak times, additional blocks may be impacted and drivers may have to park further away than they are normally accustomed to, but these impacts are lessened by the recent construction of sidewalks on both sides of Killingsworth. All in all, these parking impacts appear to be relatively minor and worth it for the safety benefits that the proposed street redesign offers.

The two images below show current parking demand (Existing Conditions) and future supply after the proposed project is completed (Post implementation). One image focuses on the average use and the other focuses on peak use. These two images illustrate the parking impacts describes above. 

The table visualizes the information described in the paragraphs above. At peak times, an undersupply of parking is anticipated between 53rd-55th and 64th-Cully Blvd on the south side and 50th-55th and 60th-62nd on the north side.
The table visualizes the information described in the paragraphs above. At peak times, an undersupply of parking is anticipated between the blocks in the 53rd to 55th Ave area on both sides, and from 60th to 62nd Ave on the north side.

Click the link below to view the complete parking data, which extends from 42nd Ave to Cully Blvd beyond the project area. 

Completed: Safety Improvements from Cully Blvd to Lombard St

In 2023, safety improvements were implemented between NE Cully Blvd and NE Lombard St. These improvements included speed reader boards and a mid-block crossing. 

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