PBOT project to re-stripe NE 20th/21st Avenues at NE Multnomah St.
SGNA Board concerns and questions on this project
Representatives from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) briefed the SGNA Board at its August 9th Board meeting about their plans to re-stripe the intersection of 21st and Multnomah and the overpass south to better accommodate bicycles and provide some improvement for cars at the intersection.
This was the third presentation PBOT has made to Sullivan’s Gulch about the proposals, but the first to the full Board — the previous times were to the Land Use and Transportation Committee, which expressed dissatisfaction about some of the aspects of the previous proposals. During the presentation the PBOT representatives indicated they had funding for the project and were ready to go forward with this proposal. They suggested the painting of the new lanes would take place almost immediately and other work would continue through September – the end of fiscal year 2016. The SGNA Board is considering how to respond to the apparent lack of willingness to incorporate suggestions made by the Board.
(Above) Intersection of NE Multnomah and 21st (north to the top of the photograph)
Below are some pictures of the proposal and below that is a summary of the issues that SGNA Board members raised with PBOT. What is shown is:
(Above) View of south end of the 21st Ave. bridge by the “Telegraph Building” showing treatment
of bike lanes and pedestrian crossing.
(Above) View looking north showing southbound bike lane (left) and separated two-way bike lane
on the right.
We list below the concerns raised by SGNA Board members and guests during the PBOT presentation. While the Board unanimously opposes the project, not all these concerns are shared by all Board members. Our consensus is that none of us like the project as is; but these are concerns raised by Board members individually, rather than by a vote of the Board.