The sidewalk infill project for Sandy Blvd — from NE 85th to the I-205 overpass — will begin with improvements to the south side of Sandy Blvd and an upgrade of the fire station signal at NE 87th Avenue into a pedestrian sidewalk.
Sarah Figliozzi of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) told the Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) general meeting on Feb 21 that no dates have yet been slated for the project, though they expect to complete the whole project this calendar year. Sarah said PBOT would hold an open house for this and other nearby projects in March or April. PBOT expects to have firmer dates plotted by then.
The north side of Sandy requires more design and engineering work, and so that part of the project will be done after the south Sandy sidewalk is complete.
The three photos below show the map Sarah presented at the meeting on Feb 21. The pink segments show where PBOT expects to fill sidewalk gaps. Click a photo to see a larger version.
Sandy Blvd, NE 85th to NE 87th
Sandy Blvd, NE 87th to NE Prescott
Sandy Blvd, NE Prescott to NE 92nd
The signal on Sandy Blvd at NE 87th is currently only for use by emergency vehicles entering Sandy from NE 87th. No details were avaiable yet about the upgrade for pedestrian crossing.
Sandy Blvd: Updates on other crossings
We have two more updates:
- Crosswalk at NE 91st: Thank you to everyone who provided comments to PBOT back around Halloween time for the East Portland in Motion project! The crosswalk included in that plan was moved from NE 87th to NE 91st based on your comments.
According to Ellen Vanderslice, PBOT project manager for EPIM, they have a tentative date to present the EPIM project to the city council on April 19. The September 2011 draft EPIM Action Plan shows the crosswalk slated for 2012-2013, whereas Sandy Blvd Crash Corridor improvements for 2013-2014. Given the budget cuts proposed for PBOT, the later date seems more likely.
- Signal upgrade at NE Prescott: Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) land use and transportation intern Chase Ballew reports that the changes at NE Sandy & Prescott is separate from signal updates underway at 52nd & 72nd. The new left turn signals (onto Sandy from Prescott) was a request by TriMet to reduce delay for the Prescott buses. No word yet on when the left-turn signals will be unveiled or how much it cost.