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PORTLAND -- Sidewalks will be added in an area of Southeast Portland where a young girl was struck by a car and killed in February, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced Wednesday morning.

The project to create sidewalks on Southeast 136th Avenue, between Powell and Holgate boulevards, will get under way within months. Hales made the announcement at a press conference near 136th and Holgate.

The project is budgeted at $1.2 million and should begin in fall. It will stretch for .63 miles along 136th Avenue, spokesman Dana Haynes explained.

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An audit of Portland's street maintenance program last winter revealed a historic lack of funding for street paving, he said. Hales worked with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to increase funds for pavement projects.

Public safety remains the No. 1 factor for street maintenance programs, Haynes said. Paving, sidewalks, crosswalks and signage are all safety issues.

Members of the Oregon Legislature and Portland City Council joined Hales at the press conference.

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