The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is improving safety and freight traffic movement through the intersection with a dedicated right turn lane and building new sidewalk.
What’s happening now?
The project is nearly completed. The contractor continue doing plant establishment on the new trees planted in the area. Other minor work will continue through Summer 2020.
The westbound right turn movement at the intersection of NE Columbia Boulevard and NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard moves a significant amount of freight traffic. Congestion at this intersection makes it difficult for freight traffic to travel efficiently. This project was identified in the 2006 Freight Master Plan as a high priority project.
The project is constructing a dedicated westbound right turn lane on NE Columbia Boulevard at the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and NE Columbia Boulevard. In addition, a 12-foot sidewalk adjacent to the new right turn lane and a new traffic signal will be constructed. Just Bucket Construction will complete the project.
Funded through the Surface Transportation Program, a federal grant, this project’s total budget is $3.4 million.