By Laura Smith

Proposed traffic diverters generated a lot of conversation at the September meeting of the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA). After hearing feedback from attendees at the July MTNA meeting and receiving communication from concerned neighbors, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) offered another option for proposed barriers at SE 50th Avenue and SE Lincoln, as part of the SE Ladd/Harrison/Lincoln, Clay to 64th Neighborhood Greenway Projects.

Sheila Parrott, Program Specialist at PBOT, provided a diagram of a “slightly different diversion device” at SE 50th/Lincoln that is like the diverter at SE Cesar  E.Chavez/Lincoln.

Neighbors suggest the need for traffic studies to be done at SE 50th and Lincoln. Another idea was leaving the intersection as is, but changing the light cycles so bikes go first. PBOT will be holding an open house on this project during the second week of November. A date for the meeting hasn’t been set yet. In the meantime, send questions, suggestions and comments to Sheila.Parrott@portlandoregon.gov.

Mt. Tabor Reservoirs Preservation Project has started preparations for replacing the fence along the dam face in Mt. Tabor Park between Reservoirs 5 and 6. The contract is currently being written for the restoration of Reservoir 1, with work to begin in late fall/early winter. A website for the reservoirs preservation project will soon go live. For now, get info at portlandoregon.gov/water/64097.

Tar ‘n’ Trail Benefit Run takes place in Mt. Tabor Park on October 1, with all proceeds going to Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. The grand staircase railing project is on hold because there are budget issues that need resolution. The new bathrooms are now open at the summit of the park. Check the FMTP website for more info:.taborfriends.org.

Mark your calendars: MTNA’s annual neighborhood cleanup will be a joint event with the North Tabor Neighborhood Association and will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The next meeting of the MTNA will be Wednesday, October 18, 7 pm at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont, with social time and homemade cookies starting 6:50 pm. For more information, see mttaborpdx.org.