PORTLAND, Ore. — A huge stretch of Southeast Division is getting a huge upgrade in safety improvements.
Crews are working between Southeast 101st and Southeast 143rd making bus stop access easier for everyone.
Crews were ripping out sidewalks and replacing them with new ones. In some sections along the high crash corridor, sidewalks were missing altogether and caused pedestrians to walk on the side of the street. The work will connect those missing sections.
Two new crosswalks and flashing beacons will also be installed throughout the summer.
For years residents in East Portland have voiced their concerns about the need for safer sidewalks on the east side.
Hannah Schafer, a spokesperson for the Portland Bureau of Transportation said they have heard those concerns too.
"We're very aware of the need. We are a vision zero city, we are working actively as much as we can to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities that we have, but we know that we have a long way to go,” Schafer said. “So, yes this is a drop in the bucket, we have many drops in the bucket that are going to construction this year especially in East Portland."
In that same area and funded by the same dollars, a neighborhood greenway corridor is being installed.
The 13-mile shared stretch of road will run between the Springwater Corridor and the I-84 multi-use path.
The project should wrap up in the fall.
The $6.2 million project was made possible by Metro’s regional flexible funding program, PBOT Transportation System Development Charges and PBOT’s share of the state gas tax.
Click here to learn more about the project and see where it takes place.