Powell Pedestrian Safety Meeting Recap
February 12, 2014
Hopworks Urban Brewery
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Nate Young, Hopworks
Tyler King, Creston-Kenilworth N.A.
Rich Newlands, PBOT 20’s Bikeway Project
Clay Veka, PBOT High Crash Corridor Program
Marilee Hilstrom, Hosford-Abernathy N.A.
Sue Pearce, Hosford-Abernathy N.A.
Shelli Romero, ODOT
Rachel Davies, Creston-Kenilworth N.A.
April Bertelsen, PBOT Powell/Division Transit and Development Project
Trell Anderson, Catholic Charities
20s Bikeway Project:
Rich from PBOT discussed future plans for the 20’s Bikeway Project. The project will ultimately connect a ‘neighborhood greenway’ from SE to NE, somewhere between 20th and 30th, ideally around 26-28th Aves. Currently there are two options being discussed for crossing Powell Blvd:
1. Remove remaining parking on SE 26th, making room for full-width bike lanes on both sides of the street.
2. Remove the northbound bike lane on 26th, widen the southbound lane, and create a ‘bike couplet with northbound traffic using 28th.
Option 2 is currently preferred, and would create a signalized intersection at 28th Ave. (the current crosswalk is at 28th Pl.)
Earliest completion is likely to be 2015, with design, engineering and construction set to take the intervening year.
High Crash Corridor Program:
Shelli from ODOT and Clay from PBOT discussed the High Crash Corridor (HCC) program, which includes Powell from the Ross Island Bridge to 92nd. With the designation of Powell as a HCC, there have been increased “traffic enforcement actions” to encourage improved driver, pedestrian, and cyclist behavior, most recently at the crosswalk at 28th Pl in January.
ODOT is currently finalizing their Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) plan for 2015-2018. The current draft plan includes the following:
- $3.4 million in the Fix-It Program that would make safety improvements on Powell Blvd. from 20th to 33rd Aves (listed as S8 – US26: SE 20th Ave – 33rd Ave. on the 100% Proposed Safety Projects list). These improvements would include things from tree-trimming to signalized crosswalks. See website for details.
- $3.0 million in the Enhance Program that would improve transit access along the Powell and Division corridors (listed as E87 – TriMet – Powell-Division Corridor Safety & Access to Transit). This could include further safety modifications to improve access for those reliant on public transportation.
Shelli encouraged everyone to comment on projects that should be funded by the STIP plan, including the two listed above.
Discussion then moved to identify the timelines of these various projects, which were grouped into three broad buckets:
- Short-term (9 months – 2 years) – tree-trimming, sign-cleaning along Powell could be expected to happen starting the end of 2014
- Mid-term (2016-18 STIP) – curb ramps, signals, ODOT Fix-It projects could begin in 2016
- Long-term (5-10+ years) – High-capacity transit for Powell-Division Corridor, additional STIP plan and funding
The group discussed a number of additional topics briefly:
- Can Portland Police Department (PPD) run more visible enforcement along Powell during morning and evening rush hours? Could the officer that parks at Cleveland High School (at 26th and Franklin) park closer to Powell to encourage appropriate behavior?
- Does Cleveland High School discuss traffic safety? Numerous students cross Powell to attend school in the morning and evening, as well as to get lunch at Wendy’s and Hopworks each day. Many of these crossings are made at locations other than the crosswalks which is frighteningly dangerous.
- Could the median at 28th St. be signed as not for use by pedestrians?
- What concrete steps can be taken prior to 2016 to improve pedestrian safety? Could funding be allocated for a Rapid-Flash signal at the current crosswalk location at 28th Pl.?
Bottom line: Current conditions present a real and present health and safety issue at this location and MUST be addressed sooner than 2016.
- Hopworks and Creston-Kenilworth and Hosford-Abernathy N.A. representatives will request a letter from their respective boards to ODOT supporting the STIP funds as well to PBOT supporting the 20s Bikeway Project.
- Creston-Kenilworth and Hosford-Abernathy N.A. representatives will reach out to their PPD liaisons regarding increased policing along Powell.
- Hopworks will contact Cleveland High School regarding student training and behavior.
A second meeting will be scheduled in mid- to late-March to reconvene and discuss progress and additional information.
Reminder: SE Area ARTWalk (www.seportlandartwalk.com) is being held this year on Saturday 3/1 and Sunday 3/2.
The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is a community-based effort to bring a new regional transit investment to Southeast Portland, East Portland and Gresham. The public conversation, through spring 2015, will center on transit alternatives – the vehicle type, its route and station locations – as well as strategies for community development at future station areas.
Thursday, February 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Powell-Division Transit and Development Project: Steering committee and community gathering
Portland Community College’s Southeast Center, Community Hall – 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland
(Please park in the designated PCC parking areas only. For this event, no parking permits will be required. Also note, PCC Southeast Center is located directly on the number 4 bus line.)
Please join us for a community gathering and meet the project’s Steering Committee on February 27 at Portland Community College, SE center, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The committee includes residents, transit riders, community organization leaders, business representatives, elected officials and agency directors.
The gathering is an opportunity for the Steering Committee to get to know each other and meet interested members of the public.
Over the next 15 months, the committee will meet 5 to 6 times to weigh public input and technical information and make decisions that shape a new transit project and development strategies for key places in Gresham, East Portland and Southeast Portland.
Powell-Division Transit and Development Project
Below is an invitation from the Bureau of Transportation to join an important conversation on the future of transportation maintenance in our city.
- Are there ways to use revenues more effectively?
- What parts of the transportation system should have highest claim on limited revenues?
- What parts of the transportation system need shoring up, here in Southeast and in other parts of the city?
- Are additional revenues needed? If yes, where should they come from?
- What system of oversight exists OR might be needed for maintenance expenditures?
The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to join Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, transportation staff and your neighbors at one of three upcoming town halls to discuss current unfunded transportation needs.
· Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Environmental School, 3421 SE Salmon St.
· Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 at Immigrant & Refuge Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St.
· Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway
The meetings will start with an opportunity to give input around desired transportation improvements in your area, followed by a presentation on transportation needs and possible solutions.
For more information and the opportunity to complete a Portland transportation needs online survey, please visit us at www.ourstreetspdx.com. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 email@example.com
Southeast Uplift’s Knock, Knock; It’s Your Neighbor is back,
NO COVER on February 20th at Ford food + Drink with:
Keepin’ Up with the Joneses + Neighbor to the Rescue
Join us at the warm and lovely Ford Food + Drink with our host for the evening, local comedian and improv actor, Jay Flewelling!
The show will kick off at 7:00. Do you have a short story that fits one of the themes? Put your name in the hat! If you get drawn you get to tell your
*3 minute story*, live, on stage. Our themes for the night are Keepin’ Up with the Joneses and Neighbor to the Rescue. Ever experienced a serious case of neighbor envy? Or have you ever saved your neighbor from a dire situation? We want to hear your stories.
Not interested in sharing a true story of neighborly interaction? Join us in the audience or participate in our Portland Pop Quiz. We need your cackle, applause and quirky Portland knowledge to make this show complete.
Your night will not only be filled with laughter you can also drink beer to help raise money for Southeast Uplift’s Creative Engagement Grant, which will fund original neighborhood projects. Beer has been generously been donated for this fundraiser by Lucky Labrador Brew Pub.
Check out itsyourneighbor.org for more information.
Bus Service Planning Related to the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
In anticipation of Portland-Milwaukie light rail service beginning in September 2015, TriMet is working with the community to re-assess bus service in the Portland-Milwaukie corridor with the intention of maximizing ridership and minimizing service duplication. These open houses provide an opportunity to discuss bus service planning related to Portland-Milwaukie with TriMet staff.
Learn more about the bus service planning process.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sacred Heart Villa
3925 SE Milwaukie Ave.
This location is served by bus line 19-Woodstock/Glisan.
Plan your trip on TriMet.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
CH2M HILL Lunch Room, 5th floor
2020 SW 4th Ave.
This location is served by bus line 17-Holgate/NW 21st.
Plan your trip on TriMet.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Milwaukie High School
11300 SE 23rd Ave.
This location is served by bus line 29-Lake/Webster Rd, 32-Oatfield.
Plan your trip on TriMet.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Community Center
615 5th St.
This location is served by bus line 33-McLoughlin.
Plan your trip on TriMet.
Seeking Committee Members for Division Design Initiative!
Attached is a notice describing how to get involved and nominate yourself or others for a new inter-neighborhood Division Design Committee. Additionally, below is a brief summary of the 2-fold committee mission, goals and potential activities, and how to get involved:
ABOUT THE DIVISION DESIGN INITIATIVE
The Division Design Initiative is an outgrowth of increasing community concerns regarding design and impacts of new development and limited ability for neighborhoods to have meaningful review and input. The initiative includes forming an inter-neighborhood Division Design Committee to 1) explore further implementation of the Division Main Street/Green Street Plan and 2) make recommendations about how to address design issues and concerns.
One goal for this effort is to improve the community notification and input process so that community members can engage more effectively with developers and projects earlier for more context sensitive design.
Another goal is to hopefully create a series of tools that other neighborhoods can benefit from – we’re calling this a toolbox for neighborhood design. It may include things like area-specific design guidelines (other neighborhoods such as Boise have started to use this strategy to help better clarify their design preferences, vision and goals for new development). This toolbox may also include special studies and other strategies for community engagement around shaping their neighborhood’s growth based on efforts we are starting as part of the Division Design Initiative (including visual preference surveys, mapping of key sites and special places, solar shading/buildout studies and involving local university design students, etc).
Essentially, we want to engage the community in some conversations about our vision and how we can create a more inclusive review and notification processes, provide strategies for neighborhoods to work with new development in a positive and proactive way and use our various tools to effect codes and other design approaches that better support both new economic vitality AND respect for existing character and context.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED – Join the inter-neighborhood Division Design Committee
Four positions total are available for each neighborhood (including a board alternate). Selection/voting for Design Committee representatives will be held at the next Hosford-Abenethy Neighborhood District Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 28 at the Paulist Center at St Philip Neri Church at SE 16th and Division.
Committee meetings will also be open to the public for interested community members.
For more information on how to get involved or learn more, see the attached notice for volunteer Design Committee members.
SE Ivon – Madison Green Street Project
February 10, 2014
Environmental Services is working on a project to construct 13 green street planters to remove stormwater from the public sewer system. This project also includes refurbishing two existing green street planters on SE 29th between SE Grant and Harrison (click here to see maps). Green streets are planters that collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and plants filter pollutants. Green streets keep stormwater out of the sewer system, reduce the risk of basement backups, replenish groundwater supplies and add green space to neighborhoods. Environmental Services builds green streets throughout the city.
A project map and up to date information is available on the project website,portlandoregon.gov/bes/ivonmadison.
Construction is ongoing. Crews have nearly completed the eight facilities on SE 41st near Clinton, Taggart and Ivon. Next, they will work on SE 43rd and Division before moving on to SE 58th and Madison and SE 29th and Grant. The project should be completed by April. The plants are expected to be installed this spring. Exact timing of the plantings is weather dependent.
WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU
-Traffic Control: Traffic controls will be in place when crews are working in the streets. When crews are working in your neighborhood, you can expect some traffic disruptions, including some temporary road closures, detours and parking removal. The contractor will maintain local access wherever possible.
-Work on SE 43rd and Division: When crews are working at SE 43rd and Division, the block along SE 43rd from Division to Windsor Ct will be closed. Access to the parking lot for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and other neighbors will be maintained from the SE Ivon/SE Windsor Court side rather than the SE Division side.
TABOR TO THE RIVER PROGRAM
This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards. More information about this program is available at portlandoregon.gov/bes/tabortoriver.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION
- Parking within and adjacent to the work site may be limited.
- Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
- Construction activities may create noise, vibration and dust, and may disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
- Equipment and materials may be secured and stored on nearby streets overnight.
- A city construction inspector is on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information or with questions, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To be added to an email update list, email Becky with “SE Ivon-Madison Green Street” in the subject line.
Thank you for your cooperation during this important green street project. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns, such business operations, medical issues or deliveries; we will be happy to work with you.
Community Outreach and Information
City of Portland Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: 503-823-2827 l Cell Phone: 803-823-6615
Working for clean rivers
Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Portlandcombines sewer improvements that replace or repair Portland’s aging sewer pipes with green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.
HOSFORD-ABERNETHY NEIGHBORHOOD DISTRICT
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
St. Philip Neri Church Paulist Center, St Paul Room
2408 SE 16th Avenue (and Division)
DRAFT AGENDA DRAFT
LANDUSE/TRANSPORTATION: 6:30PM Agenda TBA
BOARD MEETING: 7PM
- Call to order
- PPB Neighborhood Response Officer
- PMLR – Update on construction and process for feedback on TriMet bus routes
- HAND appointments to Division Design Initiative
- HAND contribution/donation Guidelines
- Communication Plan and Budget
- Creative Engagement Grant
- What has HAND accomplished for SEUL map
- Yearly Clean Up
- Powell Blvd Crash Corridor Committee
- Committee reports/updates
Board Meeting Tuesday, January 21, 2014
St. Philip Neri Church Paulist Center, St Paul Room 2408 SE 16th Avenue (and Division)
6:30: LAND USE MEETING: TBA
7:00: BOARD MEETING (order of agenda items may change)
7:00: Call to Order
7:05: Approval of minutes of previous meeting
- Approval of Treasurer’s report
7:10: PPB Neighborhood Response Team Officer (schedule-permitting)
7:15: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project update: Coral Egnew
7:20: Station Area/SE Quadrant Plans: OMSI District: Paul Carlson
7:50: Committee Reports/Announcements
- SEUL Board Meeting: Bill
- Ladd Circle Committee: Linda, Joanne
- Trees: Joanne
- Emergency Preparedness: Patrick
- NE/SE 20s Bike Route: Paul
- Parks: Amy
- SE Quadrant Stake-Holders: Susan, Linda
- Clinton Corners Better Block Pdx Concept: Bill, Patrick
8:20: Action Items:
- Good Neighbor Agreement with Baerlic Brewing
- Letter re Neighborhood guidelines
- Letter to Mayor re City assume responsibility for Powell Blvd
8:30: Contributions Plan: Dave
8:45:Communications Plan for use of $$ available from SEUL: Paul Coleman