The lack of a board quorum at October’s Roseway Neighborhood Association meeting forced Association President Britt Conroy to delay elections until the November 14 meeting. Treasurer and secretary positions are slated for the election, along with a vacant vice-president slot.
During the October session, Portland Bureau of Transportation public involvement specialist Francesca Patricolo spoke about moving the city’s transportation planning forward to accommodate over 200,000 residents expected to move to town in the next 20 years. The mayor and city council have placed emphasis on eliminating traffic fatalities.
Patricolo’s presentation was pointed at prompting residents to formulate traffic improvement priorities to move projects onto the bureau’s list of things to do. Those attending brought up the intersection of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Fremont Street and 72nd Avenue, where a flashing amber light for 72nd Avenue traffic is ambiguous, leading to hesitation and many close calls.
Residents also gave low marks to the condition of the pavement on Northeast 82nd Avenue.
Reports on unsafe traffic conditions can be made at 503-823-SAFE (7233). Information received would be subject to a study and may get the problem area included in the bureau’s list. Questions were also raised about the effectiveness of red light cameras at Northeast Cesar Chavez and Sandy boulevards.
On November 7, neighborhood representatives and bureau officials met to discuss traffic conditions along Northeast Sandy Boulevard between Hollywood and Roseway. Neighbors noted that next year’s planned shuffling of area schools may result in additional younger students having to cross streets with high traffic volumes like Fremont and Sandy.
The meeting was requested by Central Northeast Neighbors’ Land Use, Transportation and Open Space Committee. According to Dylan Rivera at the bureau, “There is no approved planning process for Sandy Boulevard at this time. As with all major corridors in the city, there are several concepts of potential projects in the city’s transportation system plan, which is our long-term transportation plan.” Rivera also said the bureau understands that some neighborhood associations have expressed concern about safety and other transportation issues in the Sandy Boulevard area, so Zef Wagner, a Bureau transportation planner, will visit with the committee to gather specific issues and concerns.
“This input may be used in the future to help make the case for a corridor planning process,” Rivera added, “but that would likely require the bureau to request a summer 2018 state grant to fund the planning process.” If applied for in 2018 and awarded a year later, transportation planners would lead a process with “robust” public involvement and engagement of many stakeholders over the course of two or more years, potentially developing a plan to be incorporated in the next transportation planning update, making the project eligible for federal, state and, potentially, local capital improvement funds.