You may have seen the flyer in your mailbox: The 5th Foster Road Open House is happening this Thursday evening.
According to the planners, this should the last one. The first 4 open houses were focused on gathering community input, sharing ideas and hearing responses and concerns. This open house is about what the city came up with. They’ll be taking comments I’m sure, but unless there is a torch and pitchfork mob in attendance they are only expecting to make small changes to the proposal before this goes to council. Think of it as an early warning of sorts – When you see the construction crews out on the ground over the coming years, this is what they are working on. (more…)
OK, well, it’s a DRAFT of the recommendation, but it’s a start. The Advisory Committee for the Foster Road Streetscape Plan has been meeting for over 10 months now to work with PBOT on an exploration designed to answer one question:
What will Foster Road look like in the future? (more…)
As Foster Road waits for its own traffic calming measures, the City is moving forward with help for our neighbors to the North.
Construction begins on NE Glisan Street near where Heather Fitzsimmons was killed last winter.
On the evening of January 29th, Heather Jean Fitzsimmons was crossing NE Glisan Street, using the marked crosswalk at 78th Avenue. She was hit and killed when a driver pulled around another car that had stopped to let her cross.
Heather was 29 years old and worked in the after-school program at nearby Vestal Elementary School. The driver was not charged.
Locals have been upset about reckless driving in this area for a long time, and following Heather’s death, resident Benjamin Kerensa began documenting the dangerous conditions and lax enforcement in the area. His video of the scene was picked up by the Oregonian and has more than 5000 hits on youtube.
After a series of public meetings and enforcement actions, this month PBOT began rebuilding the roadway on NE Glisan between 60th and 82nd Avenues.
When completed by this fall, the former four-lane configuration will be replaced by a single lane in each direction, with a center turn lane. This kind of street profile is considerably safer for pedestrians because it avoids the type of “multiple threat crash” that killed Heather Fitzsimmons. (more…)
Residents and dignitaries gathered Sunday morning to dedicate the new streetscape improvements in the Lents Town Center, improvements that should make the area more hospitable to pedestrians and businesses.
“Great cities are great places to walk, and the City has an obligation to make the whole city a great place to walk.” – Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick
The group included Portland City Councilmember Steve Novick, State Representative Jeff Reardon, PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton, and many city bureau staffers as well as many local businesspeople and representatives of the Lents Neighborhood Association and the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. (more…)
The Foster Road Streetscape Plan is almost done. The City has shown their official options and in a few months the vision of the New Foster Road, whatever it looks like, will be adopted by City Council.
But people won’t stop talking about the bike lanes.
Disclaimer: The decision between 4 and 3 lanes has not yet been made. The City held an open house in June to hear from the neighbors, and the ultimate call will only be made once that information is available.
The City of Portland is hosting a SUPER OPEN HOUSE tomorrow night to share and gather information about two major plans going on along Foster Road. We know these are kind of boring, and we know you have other things you’d rather do, but if one day you look out your window and see stuff you didn’t like, don’t tell us we didn’t warn you.
Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll talk about: (more…)
Last night, Metro held a public hearing that could have a big impact on funding for the long-delayed Streetscape improvements to Foster Road.
The 90-minute meeting of JPACT –the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation –was held to hear from the public on a proposed list of projects being considered for the upcoming round of federal transportation dollars –a.k.a the “Regional Flexible Funds” for fiscal years 2016-18. (more…)
Every year for the last 3 years, Portland has done something crazy: they open a loop of streets for everyone in the neighborhoods to enjoy. This Sunday (Mothers Day!) is the first one of the 2013 season, and it’s in our neck of the woods.
For this one day from 11 am – 4 pm, car access is blocked or controlled along the route, and the full street is available for neighbors to roll, walk, skate, bike and jog. The Loop goes from park to park on quiet streets and bikeways called Neighborhood Greenways. The east Portland loop is takes advantage of the awesome Springwater Corridor for about 1/4 of the route. Each park is filled with activities, vendors, food, and information. (more…)
It may be getting colder outside, but discussions of the future of Foster Road are heating up. Tomorrow (Thursday), the Citizen Advisory Committee will meet for the fourth time, 6 to 8 pm at SE Works, 7916 SE Foster. Foster United will post audio from the meeting here for those unable to attend.
The Amazing Migrating Project
Among the most discouraging recent developments is the complete abandonment of Foster Road from 50th to 52nd Avenues.
While looking at street profiles last time, PBOT Project Manager Mauricio Leclerc told the committee that the first two blocks “need a lot of capacity” and that “it’s going to be very hard to do much” because of the current 5-lane cross section. He also said that there wouldn’t be a need to extend the bikeway to 50th, since neither 50th nor Powell have bike routes currently.
According to the City’s Existing Conditions report, Foster between 54th and 64th is among the longest unsignaled stretches of roadway in the area. Home to many small businesses on both sides of the street, Foster runs 2225 feet without a signal, almost half a mile.
This areas’ multilane profile, lack of signalled crossings make it one of the classic pieces of unrestrained Foster Freeway. (more…)
The Portland Bureau of transportation has unveiled their list of options for the Foster Road Streetscape. Keep in mind that these are not final, and we are not limited to what is shown here. I wish it were a simpler task, but the given all of the factors at play we’re left with a fairly large set of 14 options. (Even beyond this list, each option can be tweaked and adjusted into more permutations, not to mention options not even included in their analysis.)
I’ve presented all of their options below for you to look at, but the bottom line is this: we don’t have enough information to decide. (more…)
This morning, Mayor Sam Adams will join the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and Transportation for America in a Walk of Remembrance on Foster Road. The walk is intended to memorialize those Portlanders killed because of unsafe traffic conditions.
The walk will include a stop in the area of Foster in the 70s near Red’s Bar, the site where Jason Grant was killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street last January 28. The driver of that vehicle was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Mayor Adams has a mixed record of support for traffic safety in this area. (more…)