The SE 136th Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity project includes street paving, new sidewalks, protected bike lanes, and street lighting between SE Division and SE Foster. It provides new connections to community amenities in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood and surrounding areas.
What's happening now?
This project begins construction in June 2020. The news page below will be updated regularly.
Project background and description
This project will repave SE 136th Avenue between SE Division Street and SE Foster Road and improve access for Powell Butte Nature Park, Gilbert Hydro Park, Gilbert Primary Park, Leach Botanical Garden, Zenger Farm, Lincoln City Park, Lincoln Park Elementary School, Gilbert Heights City Park, Kingsley D. Bundy Park, and Gilbert Heights Elementary School.
SE 136th is served by TriMet bus lines 17 & 10. New improvements to street crossings will help everyone access the bus more safely.
The project includes:
- 1.8 miles of street repaving to provide smoother travel for residents
- 1.8 miles of continuous sidewalk on the west side of the street to support Safe Routes to School
- 3.6 miles of new protected bike lanes (1.8mi in each direction) in line with city’s bike master plan
- 48 new or upgraded ADA curb ramps to ensure people walking and rolling have convenient access to sidewalks.
- 52 new street trees which will provide shade and a buffer between the street and sidewalk
- 6 new bioswales to channel, treat, and contain stormwater runoff
- 1 rebuilt traffic signal at the intersection of SE Division St. and SE 136th Ave. to improve safety and traffic operations.
- 1.8 miles of upgraded street lighting to meet the city's most recent lighting standards and improve safety.
Community Involvement Process: Oct 2018 - July 2019
Design: Fall 2018 - Fall 2019
Construction begins: Summer 2020
Overview of construction
Given the scope and scale of this project, there will be noticeable impacts to the community during construction. Crews may need to close one vehicle travel lane at times and control traffic through flagging in order to install sidewalks or repave the street.
City policy requires contractors to install space for people walking when existing sidewalks are closed. We will do our best to limit disruption by setting appropriate work hours for the contractor.
SE 136th Avenue is a major emergency response route. PBOT is in close communication with all our subcontracting firms as well as public safety agencies to allow emergency vehicle use of the route at all times.
PBOT crews and our subcontractors will be following public health guidelines for the safety of our workforce and residents, including physical distancing and other precautions. Please give our crews the extra space they need to do their work safely. As always, obey flaggers and slow down when driving through work zones.
Special note regarding Covid-19 and construction work
PBOT has been in modified operations since March 17 and has implemented specific measures to ensure the safety of our crews and contractors. This includes modified shifts, social distancing, and other precautions based on current guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials. Thank you for giving our crews and contractors the space and time they need to keep our city moving.
Commitment to Racial Justice
PBOT’s delivery of projects in East Portland is a continuation of the bureau’s commitment to transportation justice and equity. PBOT continues to prioritize funding and delivery of infrastructure in marginalized areas. The neighborhoods along SE 136th Avenue are 45% non-white, one of the highest percentages of non-white populations in the city.
Building Economic Opportunity
In addition to building new infrastructure, this project will sustain approximately 100 private sector jobs for a calendar year. The prime contractor, Kodiak Pacific, is a woman-owned firm based in Sherwood, Oregon. This project will have 11 subcontractors to perform tasks such as paint striping, installing traffic signs, flagging traffic, and pouring concrete. Seven of the 11 subcontracting firms are certified by the state under the categories of disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned, emerging small businesses, or service-disabled veterans’ business enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE). Out of the total contract, 33% of work will go to these certified firms.
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Map of project area and street illustration
$4 million from the Fixing Our Streets program and Transportation System Development Charges funding, which are fees the City collects from developers to offset the cost of new construction and to improve Portland's transportation system.
Thanks to our partners
- The Bureau of Environmental Services provided funding for stormwater facilities to address historic stormwater deficiencies in the area. PBOT will deliver the stormwater improvements at the same time as the paving and transportation-related improvements.
- Portland Parks & Recreation and residents donated land to allow for construction of a wider, tree-lined sidewalk.