During the 2022 roadwork season, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) intends to reconstruct four corners at an intersection and repave a one-block segment of SE 90th Avenue. Crews will remove the existing curb ramps and sidewalk corners at SE Morrison Street and 90th, replacing them with new ADA compliant infrastructure. This updated path improves conditions for residents traveling to Berrydale Park and students commuting to the adjacent school.
Decades ago, road crews constructed SE 90th Avenue from Morrison Street to Taylor Street with gravel gutters in the parking lane at the road’s edge. Although the street has sidewalks, curbs, and paved travel lanes, it lacks the supportive road surface expected in modern streets. PBOT will address one block of this deteriorated infrastructure from SE Morrison Street to SE Yamhill Street this year, with the remaining roadway repair waiting for a future budget allocation.
Intersection reconstruction on these blocks takes a slightly different form from most Portland streets. This area of the City features six to eight-foot-wide planting zones between the sidewalk and curb. Most city streets only support four-foot green zones. Consequentially, these corners feature planting cutouts and long ramp approaches. At other nearby intersections with similar dimensions, PBOT removed the added planting zone and created sweeping corners at near double the size seen in other locations.
Expect work on SE 90th Avenue between Morrison and Yamhill Streets sometime this summer or early fall. Detours for both cars and pedestrians will occur during construction. When the work is complete, all community members should experience improved access through this section of the neighborhood.