By David Krogh

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is undertaking a project which will impact SE Hawthorne Blvd. from SE 24th Ave to SE 50th Ave. 

The SE Hawthorne Boulevard Pave and Paint Project will involve repaving, re-striping and curb reconstructions to comply with ADA standards.  

Although too early to be known, this project could entail changing lane configurations and adding new crosswalks, as has occurred with other streets involved with Vision Zero upgrades. 

PBOT staff have indicated the project may involve lane reductions so the area west of Cesar E. Chavez (SE 39th) would take on the same configuration as has already been implemented east of Cesar E. Chavez, consisting of two travel lanes and one center turn lane. 

This project is underway because SE Hawthorne Blvd. is one of 30 “high crash corridors” within Portland as identified by PBOT’s Vision Zero program. 

Hawthorne Blvd. is also one of the streets under consideration as part of the Rose Lane Project (see January’s Painting the Streets Red). 

The Pave and Paint Project commenced in the fall of 2019 with PBOT identifying existing conditions within this corridor. 

Analysis of potential improvements is occurring with alternatives to be identified through September of 2020. Engineering will commence through the end of 2020 with road work scheduled for Spring and Summer of 2021 (corresponding with sewer repair work at the same time, prior to the paving).

A business-oriented workshop hosted by the Hawthorne Blvd Business Association (HBBA) was held February 18 at Bread and Ink Café where PBOT and other city staff summarized the overall project, including sewer work, and solicited input from business operators within the project area. 

Additional meetings have been scheduled for residents and businesses Saturday, March 7, 1-4 pm at SEUL, 3534 SE Main, and Tuesday, March 10, 5:30-8:30 pm at Western Seminary Chapel, 5511 SE Hawthorne.

The City Council adopted the Rose Lane Project concept plan February 13 and, as a result, the Pave and Paint and Rose Lane projects will work concurrently. 

Vision Zero is all about improving safety and both Rose Lane and Pave and Paint are intended to improve transit timing and access. 

The community is encouraged to take a survey and provide input on specific improvements at portlandoregon.gov/transportation/hawthorne-repave. 

PBOT project manager Karla Kingsley can be reached at Karla.kingsley@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.5141.