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SE Hawthorne Pave & Paint Project

Repaving project from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) along SE Hawthorne Boulevard between 24th and 50th avenues. Project includes 180 ADA-compliant curb ramps, repaving, and restriping to new lane configuration. Designs, updates, contact, email sign-up, FAQ, reports, and planning docs.

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Map of SE Hawthorne Boulevard between the Hawthorne bridge and SE 50th
Image showing where improvements are coming to SE Hawthorne Boulevard this year. Some are part of the Hawthorne Pave & Paint project, between 24th and 50th avenues (solid orange line to the right), including 180 ADA-compliant curb ramps, repaving, and restriping to new lane configuration. Additional improvements coming between the Hawthorne Bridge and SE 12th Avenue, along both SE Hawthorne Boulevard and Madison Street (solid teal lines to the left) as part of a Central City in Motion project.

Update February 2021 – Selected Design Summary

Image of design of SE Hawthorne Boulevard showing one travel lane in each direction, with a center turn lane and a median island adjacent to the crosswalk. Pedestrians use the crosswalk and sidewalk, cars are parked along the curb. Rendering also shows a bus loading passengers at the corner.
Image of the selected design for the Hawthorne Pave & Paint maintenance project. This design is based off of Alternative 2.

Overview

Hawthorne Boulevard is scheduled for repaving in summer 2021. Over the past year the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has worked with the community to determine how we can take advantage of this repaving to improve safety on Hawthorne, support its “main street” function, and connect people to and from other parts of the city. There was broad community support for transforming Hawthorne from what it is now. With this support, PBOT has developed a project that advances key goals, including increased safety and accessibility, a better bus experience, and a boost to the economic vitality of one of the city's most important shopping and entertainment destinations.

Photo of SE Hawthorne Boulevard, looking east from 35th Place. Shows existing design with two travel lanes in each direction. Numbers indicate several key features of the road: (1) Limited north/south bike connections; (2) Buses take both lanes and make mirror strikes common; (3) pedestrians have to cross four lanes of traffic at once; (4) left-turning vehicles block travel lanes; (5) sidewalk ramps are not accessible; and (6) a narrow curb zone very close to travel lanes.
Photo of SE Hawthorne Boulevard, looking east from 35th Place. Shows selected design with one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and a median island adjacent to a crosswalk. Numbers indicate several key features of the design: (1) better bike access from side streets; (2) lanes wide enough for buses; (3) median islands provide safe crossings for pedestrians and people biking; (4) center turn lane; (5) ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps; and (6) wider curb zone for a variety of uses.
Before (top) and after (below) images of SE Hawthorne Boulevard, looking east from 35th Place. These photos show the existing street design, and a mocked up version of the selected design showing the new lane configuration and median refuge island. Each photo points out six key features, described in more detail below.

The design PBOT selected does the most to advance the goals of the community and the bureau. The redesigned street will have one general travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The design includes new curb ramps that meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility. As part of the project, we will add median refuge islands and marked crosswalks at bus stops and other high-priority locations within the project area to make crossing Hawthorne easier and safer for pedestrians and people biking. Where needed, we will add street lighting to make sure people crossing are more visible at night. Over the coming months, we will determine how many crossings can be improved within our budget. We will first address the high priority locations, and then select from the medium and lower priority locations as budget allows.

This image is a map of Hawthorne Boulevard showing existing where new pedestrian crossings will be installed, with a priority designation. High priority pedestrian crossings to be installed in the near term are at 23rd, 35th Place, 36th, and 38th. Medium priority crossing installations are at 28th, 32nd, and 44th. Lower priority crosswalks to be installed are at 25th, 33rd, and 45th.
Image showing where median islands, greenway crossings, and traffic signals exist currently along SE Hawthorne between 20th and 50th avenues. This map also indicates where new, safer crossings are a high, medium, or lower priority. PBOT will install new refuge islands when funding is available.

Immediately next to the curb, space will be used in a variety of ways: on-street parking, loading/unloading zones, parklets, street seats, or expanding the pedestrian space. PBOT encourages local businesses and property owners to consider ways this space can be used to enhance the experience of people coming to the Hawthorne District, and to work with PBOT to implement these ideas.

These images show the street seating outside of Cup & Saucer Cafe (left) and 3 Doors Down Cafe (right). The street seating consists of restaurant tables that occupy parking spaces. The image shows how curb space can be used for a variety of uses other than parking.
Left: People enjoy eating at Cup & Saucer Cafe in outdoor, street-side tables permitted under PBOT’s Healthy Business program. Street-side uses on Hawthorne will be more inviting with the future street design.
Right: People enjoy eating at 3 Doors Down in outdoor, street-side tables permitted under PBOT’s Healthy Business program on 37th Ave. Street-side uses on Hawthorne itself will be more inviting with the future street design.
This image is a rendering of the bus priority treatment at Cesar E Chavez. This treatment is known as a "Bus and Turn Lane", or a BAT lane. The lane will be used by vehicles turning right onto Cesar E Chavez and buses that will continue on Hawthorne.
Rose Lane improvements will help buses move through the SE César E Chávez Boulevard intersection.

This project also includes Rose Lane improvements, with dedicated bus lanes that allow the frequent Line 14 bus to bypass through-traffic on both approaches to the SE César E Chávez Boulevard intersection. The bus priority lanes may also be used by right-turning vehicles closer to the intersection. To keep buses on time, the bus stop for the Line 14 (eastbound), will move to the east side of SE César E Chávez Boulevard.

This image is a map that shows the existing neighborhood greenways on SE Salmon, SE Lincoln/Harrison, SE 29th, and SE 41st. In addition, the map also shows potential bikeways on SE 23rd, SE 34th, SE 37th, and SE 45th.
Image showing existing greenway connections across SE Hawthorne Boulevard and parallel to it, as well as potential bikeway connections PBOT will invest in to improve access to destinations there.​​​​​

Design - Next Steps

PBOT will now begin developing the final design details for the street. The design and construction of new ADA-compliant curb ramps has already begun. That work will be completed later this summer. Paving will follow this summer as soon as the curb ramps are done. We are finalizing locations for median refuge islands and marked crosswalks that will improve crossing safety for pedestrians and people biking. These should be built in the months immediately following the paving. We also plan to improve the surrounding bikeway network, with investments occurring over the next five years.

We will continue to provide updates, so sign up for our email list here to stay in the loop. We look forward to building this project this year!


Decision Report and Public Involvement Summary

If you’d like to read more about how we came to this design, please see our Decision Report:

If you would like to read a summary of what we heard from community members on the Design Alternatives, please see our Design Alternatives Feedback Summary:


What’s happening now?

Construction update - Feb. 17, 2021

Street corner under construction showing curb ramp improvements.
SE Hawthorne Boulevard at 24th Avenue curb ramp improvements.

Due to recent snow and ice events, there will be no construction activity this week. Contractors will return to Hawthorne the week of March 1 to begin construction of curb ramps on the south side of SE Hawthorne at 24th and 25th avenues. 

Construction update - Feb. 8, 2021

Curb ramp construction on the north side of 24th and 25th avenues is complete. No construction activity will take place this week.

In mid-February, contractors will begin construction of curb ramps the south side of SE Hawthorne at 24th and 25th avenues. 

Construction update - Jan. 26, 2021

Curb ramp construction continues on the north side of 24th and 25th avenues. Work is anticipated to be completed the first week of February.

Construction update - Jan. 21, 2021

Crews began installing and updating approximately 180 curb ramps between SE 24th and SE 50th avenues on January 21. Work began at SE 24th Avenue and crews will work their way eastward.

Around the construction area, expect noise, parking and lane restrictions, and temporary pedestrian walkways and detours. A westbound lane closure is in place on SE Hawthorne Boulevard at SE 25th Avenue. This closure is expected to last through Thursday, January 28. 

Construction will occur weekdays from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the next six months, with an estimated completion date of June 2021. 

These updates will make accessing shops, restaurants and residences along SE Hawthorne Boulevard easier and safer for all Portlanders. The curb ramp updates are the first phase of construction for the SE Hawthorne Pave and Paint project.

An update on the future street design will be released next month. A report summarizing the evaluation of street design alternatives is available here

Street paving is expected to begin in Summer 2021, after the curb ramp updates are substantially complete.  


Project Contacts

For on-site construction issues, contact:
Chris Collins, Oregon Concrete Solutions on-site construction manager, at 503-218-4172. 

For general construction questions and concerns, contact:  
PBOT Construction Manager Tim Knighton, Timothy.Knighton@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-8440, or
PBOT Project Manager Briana Orr, Briana.Orr@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7566

For Hawthorne Pave & Paint design questions and comments, email: 
HawthorneRepave@portlandoregon.gov


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Project Background & Description

SE Hawthorne Boulevard is due for maintenance paving. PBOT is scheduled to repave the street bewteen 24thand 50thAvenues during summer of 2021. PBOT is looking at ways to leverage this opportunity to improve safety and make other changes to better serve people and businesses on SE Hawthorne Boulevard. PBOT’sVison Zero team has identified SE Hawthorne Boulevard as one of 30 High Crash Corridors within the city.

  • What are the project goals? 

Improve safety, support Hawthorne’s Main Street function and help people get to destinations there, and connect people to other parts of the city. 

  • What is the scope of this project?

    PBOT will repave and restripe SE Hawthorne Boulevard between 24th and 50th avenues. The project will also reconstruct curb ramps that don’t meet Americans with Disability Act standards. As part of this project, PBOT will evaluate different striping options, including street crossings and lane markings. We will also identify further changes that PBOT may be able to make in a potential separate future project; these may include changes between SE 12th and 24th avenues.
  • What is the project timeline?

    Our overall project timeline is as follows:
This image shows an overview of the project's expected timeline.
  • Hawthorne is included as a Rose Lane Project proposed candidate pilot. 
    The SE Hawthorne Pave and Paint project will evaluate potential transit priority treatments in coordination with the Rose Lane Project. Rose Lane pilot transit priority treatments may be included as part of the SE Hawthorne Pave and Paint or with a separate project. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Hawthorne scheduled for repaving?

  • There are streets in worse condition than SE Hawthorne Boulevard. However, when PBOT maintains streets through regular paving work before they reach “very poor” condition, we save money in the long run. Regular maintenance paving costs significantly less than rebuilding or repairing a street once it breaks down.

Will this project make it easier for pedestrians and people biking to cross Hawthorne?

  • Yes. We’ve consistently heard from the community how dangerous it can be crossing Hawthorne. This project will address some of these challenges. Safe crossings might look different in different locations along the street, depending on the condition (how many lanes, traffic speed, etc.).

Will you make the sidewalks wider?

  • No. Sidewalk expansion is costly andnot included in the narrow scope and budget of this project. However, we will continue to document what is needed and what can be funded through a project down the line.

Will you change the lane configuration on Hawthorne?

  • Yes. After repaving SE 24th to 50th avenues, PBOT crews will restripe all the lanes, crossings, and other markings on the street. You can learn about the different alternatives we considered and the decision-making process here:

Any changes west of SE 24th Avenue?

  • Yes and no. A Central City in Motion project will make improvements from the Hawthorne Bridge to SE 12th Avenue along both Hawthorne and SE Madison Street, but nothing yet is planned between SE 12th and 24th avenues. As with future sidewalk expansion, we will continue to document what is needed and what can be funded through a project down the line.

Will this project impact on-street parking?

  • Yes. Some on-street parking blocks the line of sight for people approaching from side streets, and will be set back. In other situations, we may make adjustments to bike parking corrals, on-street spaces, or loading zones, as needed. Businesses may also apply to convert on-street parking spaces into outdoor seating/retail areas through PBOT’s Healthy Businesses program. It’s important to note that Hawthorne Boulevard has a great deal of “curb extensions” where the sidewalk area extends into the street at corners and bus stops. These will remain in place, meaning we can’t repurpose on-street parking spaces for any kind of continuous travel lane.

Planning Documents, Materials & Information

Project reports

A report summarizing the evaluation of street design alternatives is available below. The evaluation, developed based on community feedback, considers the benefits and impacts of each alternative related to the project’s goals of improving safety, supporting Hawthorne’s Main Street function and helping people get to destinations there, and connecting people to other parts of the city. 

You can view the report here:

Thanks to everyone that took the online survey about the evaluation report. We are reviewing the feedback and will share the results and a final recommendation in the near future.

The Mid-Project Report provides a summary of background information, existing conditions, and results from community input. It also describes the alternatives we evaluated:

Review the Safety Summary:

View the informational boards that were displayed at the March 2020 open houses:

Check out suggestions that PBOT has heard from the community during our Jan/Feb/Mar 2020 outreach events:

Scroll through the presentation about Hawthorne's Pave and Paint project from the March 2020 open houses