N Willis Sidewalk Infill: N Newman Avenue to Chautauqua Boulevard

Engineering And Design
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will oversee construction of new concrete sidewalk and ADA curb ramps on the south side of N Willis Boulevard between N Newman Avenue and N Chautauqua Boulevard, an essential connection for students, families and neighbors in the Portsmouth neighborhood.
A graphic drawing showing how the new sidewalk project will look. A young child on a scooter and their adult walk casually across a zebra-striped crosswalk. They are headed towards new curb ramps and sidewalk infill adjacent to homes along N Willis Blvd.
Construction expected in 2024

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What's Happening Now?

Project plans have been finalized and we are preparing documents to start the bidding process, which can take several weeks to months. PBOT Right of Way staff are connecting with several property owners adjacent to the project. 

Project Background and Description

This segment of N Willis Blvd was identified as an important connection for students and families attending César Chávez K-8 School in the Roosevelt cluster of Portland Public Schools (PPS) District. Walking routes and challenging connections were highlighted by school communities during a Safe Routes to School outreach process held throughout 2017.

You can read more about the planning process and see a map of citywide project locations and routes on this webpage. 

Here are the planned project elements: 

  • 6-foot concrete sidewalk on the south side of N Willis Boulevard, filling gaps between existing sidewalk
  • 4 new curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the southwest and southeast corners of N Dwight and N Dana Avenues 
  • 11 updated curb ramps to the latest ADA-compliant standards on the southeast corner of N Woolsey Avenue, all corners of N Wayland Avenue, southwest and southeast corners of N Foss Avenue, and all corners of N Chautauqua Boulevard
  • Upgrade traffic signal and street light luminaire at N Wayland Avenue pedestrian crossing
  • 14 new or refreshed marked crosswalks
  • 18 new street trees
  • Relocate N Woolsey Boulevard TriMet stop from southwest corner to southeast and pour new concrete bus pad
A map of the project area with bright icons in pink and blue showing new ADA curb ramp and marked crosswalk locations. All project improvements are listed on the webpage.

Project Outreach

April 2024 Project Postcard mailed to 1,050 residents living near the project area. 

Project Funding

The Fixing Our Streets 10-cent citywide gas tax was approved by voters in May 2016 and again in May 2020. Safe Routes to School was allocated funding by Fixing Our Streets for school access improvements across Portland. 

Project paid for by Fixing Our Streets: Your dime at work.