Across the state of Oregon, the intersection of Powell Boulevard and 122nd is known for being in the top 5% of frequent and severe crashes. In response, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), who owns Powell Boulevard as part of Highway 26, is participating in the “Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project,” a project designed to create a safer experience for all who traverse Powell Boulevard.
It is ODOT’s plan to re-work a four-mile stretch of Powell Boulevard, linking East Portland to Gresham, using the funds it obtained ($5.3 Billion) through the 2017 Transportation Package that was passed by the State.
Currently, ODOT has completed its design portion of the project for the stretch that runs from Southeast 122nd to Southeast 136th Ave. While the Safety Project began in the winter of 2018, it is not expected to be completed until sometime in 2020. Some of the improvements that are to be implemented in the course of this project are: new signaled crosswalks, sidewalks where there currently are none, six-feet wide bike lanes, street lights, storm drains, and center turn lanes for traffic and public transportation. ODOT will also be constructing a “cycle track,” consisting of an elevated concrete path that will be used solely for cyclists. This will be the first ever “cycle track” constructed through ODOT. A “curb separator” will also go in to buffer the bike lane between Southeast 132nd and Southeast 136th Avenues.
To sign up for more updates about the Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project, click HERE.