Roads & Infrastructure

EV Charging Coming to Glisan Fred Meyer

A recent permit application reveals that the Fred Meyer grocery store on NE Glisan Street plans to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The proposed project would create four charging stations along the parking lot’s southern edge. Fred Meyer stores frequently offer Blink branded EV charges.  Permit application 21-002507 seeks to install the four EV charging stations and supporting infrastructure at 6615 NE…

Another Postal Collection Box Vandalized

Over the weekend, vandals forcibly opened a USPS mail collection box located at 1231 SE 92nd Ave. This postal dropbox is the second location in Montavilla to see this type of destruction. It is unknown if the perpetrators successfully stole mail in this latest incident. At the end of 2020, miscreants targeted the collection box at…

Lower Speeds on NE Glisan

This week crews posted new speed limit signs along NE Glisan Street east of 82nd Ave. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) reduced the speed on this heavily traveled roadway as part of Portland’s Vision Zero goal. A program established to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. The change follows a year full of collisions in this…

Continued work on NE 80th Curb Ramps

The corner reconstruction of NE Couch Street and NE 80th Ave is nearing completion. The work underway is the final portion of a project designed to improve curb ramps at this intersection. Construction on this last section is technically challenging, requiring the relocation of a stormwater catch basin. The catch basin’s previous location placed it…

Second Postal Collection Box Replaced

Not long after being replaced late last year, the USPS collection box at the corner of SE 76th and Salmon Street went missing again. First removed after vandals damaged the unit on November 30th, postal crews installed a replacement box within a week. However, by December 23rd, the new collection box again went missing from…

Repaving NE Pacific Street

Tomorrow, roadwork begins that will disrupt local traffic on NE Pacific Street east of 82nd Ave. Crews will resurface parts of the roadway to repair damage caused by open trench sewer work. That work began in November of 2020 and is near complete. This recent work is part of an extensive sewer repair and modernization effort in…

Sidewalk Changes at SE 85th and Division

This week, construction crews are working on a portion of SE Division Street as part of the Division Transit Project. Currently, reconstruction of the northwest corner of SE Divisions Street and 85th Ave is underway. The work will remove a none compliment driveway curb cut and create new ADA curb ramps. For a year, construction on…

Vandalized USPS Mailbox Replaced

UPDATE – The replacement collection box is now missing. USPS representatives did not respond to inquiries regarding this most recent removal. Original article from December 3rd, 2020 USPS installed a new collection box at the corner of SE 76th and SE Salmon Street. It replaces one removed due to vandalism earlier this week. On Monday,…

New Curb Ramps Completed on 92nd

Construction on updated curb ramps along SE 92nd Ave is nearing completion. The project replaced existing ramps in three areas near the Creative Science School. These ramps provide crosswalk access for SE Main Street and SE 92nd Ave. Although the intersection had existing ramps, they did not have modern accessibility features. The old corners used a…

TriMet Tech Retrofit

TriMet recently installed a tablet-sized electronic screen into the bus shelter at NE 82nd Ave and E Burnside Street. Displaying regularly updated bus departure times, the solar-powered device is an upgrade to the older infrastructure at this stop. TriMet installed this 13-inch ePaper display as part of their digital information display project. This bus shelter is…

NE 80th Curb Ramp Construction

UPDATE – Concrete is poured and finished on two of the three sidewalk ramps being built. Original story from December 13th , 2020 Curb ramp construction is underway at the intersection of NE Couch Street on NE 80th Ave. For the better part of a year, painted marks on the street outlined the project’s footprint. Recently…

Cell Tower Upgrade Along I205

Permit application 20-222655 is under review for a wireless tower located at 2248 SE 92nd Ave. The site, situated in the parking lot of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, is adjacent to the I205 Multi-use Path. Work will provide upgraded radio and transmission equipment. The project will add three antennas and three remote radio units to the tower. One…

New Sidewalks and Bike Lanes on Market Street

Continuous sidewalks and bike lanes are coming to SE Market street as part of a Greenway expansion program. Starting at SE 92nd Ave, improvements on Market street will extend east to 130th Ave. This work includes Curb Extensions and new Curb Ramps along the project’s path. The East Portland Access to Employment and Education project is principally…

Bus Shelter at 82nd and Burnside Replaced

TriMet installed a new bus shelter on E Burnside Street near 82nd Ave. It replaces one destroyed by a car crash in late June of this year. The new structure is no longer on the corner, moving a few feet away from 82nd Ave and closer to the bus stop.  Vehicle collisions with these shelters along…

TriMet Testing New Bus Shelters on Division

This week, TriMet tested a prototype bus shelter for the Division Transit Project. This installation validated the real-world functionality ahead of construction. Permanent deployments along the 15-mile project route will begin in 2021. Engineered for space-constrained stops along SE Division Street, the new shelter’s versatile design can expand into larger spaces while maintaining a constant appearance.…

82nd Rooftop Cell Equipment Upgrades

Rooftop communication equipment mounted atop 1441 SE 82nd Ave will receive minor upgrades. Application 20-219020 seeks to replace six antennas and six remote radio units with new equipment. Part of this project is the removal of two tower-mounted amplifiers. New Unistrut mounting rails will connect to an existing frame and support the new remote radio units. Smartlink, a communications infrastructure services…

Crosswalk Signal Repair at 82nd

Repairs are underway replacing damaged crosswalk signaling equipment at the corner of 82nd Ave and NE Glisan Street. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) workers are onsite replacing equipment damaged by a vehicle collision. The nearby TriMet sign still lays flat, bent to the ground at its base. This intersection continues to be hazardous with several recent…

Police Calm Stark Street Traffic

A parked Portland Police van showed commuters on SE Stark Street their vehicle’s speed. Parked in front of Mr. Plywood, the van is near the corner of 78th Ave. The police vehicle contains equipment to capture vehicle speed and display it on a reader-board cut into the driver side rear door. Thursday morning, vehicles slowed…

PCC Cellphone Tower Upgrade

Upgrades are coming to a cellphone tower located on the main building’s rooftop at Portland Community College (PCC). Permit application 20-211707 describes the replacement of existing cellular communication equipment. This project is part of a batch of permits performing similar enhancements at other tower sites. The permit seeks to remove eight antennas and replace them with six…

New Greenway Survey

Dubbed the 70s Greenway, Portland’s newest bicycle and pedestrian path will run through Montavilla. Before finalizing plans, PBOT needs input from residents to help shape the project’s design. The Greenway will travel parallel to 82nd Ave, but contrary to its name, for the vast majority of its path through Montavilla will run on 80th Avenue.…

Curb Ramp Work at SE 91st and Burnside

UPDATE – New curb ramps are completed at SE 91st Ave and E Burnside Frontage Road. Update from October 11th, 2020. UPDATE – New curb ramps are under construction at SE 91st Ave and E Burnside Frontage Road. The old curbs and sidewalk are now removed. The ground is prepared with crushed rock for reconstruction.…

Replaced Bus Shelter at 82nd and Glisan

A new bus shelter on NE Glisan Street replaces the one damaged last month. On September 25th, a vehicle collided with the previous weather enclosure. At the time, TriMet did not have replacement shelters available. The new unit is brighter colored than the damaged shelter. Painted blue, it matches colors used on TriMet busses and trains.…

NE Pacific Street Sewer Repair

A two-year-long sewer repair project in Montavilla is coming to an end. One of the last segments needing completion is near Montavilla Park, on Pacific Street, east of 82nd Ave. Work begins Monday and could continue for up to two months. The Montavilla North and South Sewer Repair project started July 12, 2018. The project…

Countdown to School Changes

Portland Public Schools (PPS) has one year to redraw school boundaries across Southeast Portland. With a new middle school opening and the depreciation of k-8 schools in the district, the countdown to student reorganization is underway. This month, PPS released the first draft proposal for grade configuration changes, boundary adjustments, and program movement. Under the proposed plans, Harrison Park…

End to Expanded Walkway Program

The Expanded Walkway Program in Montavilla has come to an end with less than successful results. Introduced this summer, it is part of the Busy Streets program. A Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) representative confirmed the early end of the area’s walkway program.  Expanded Walkways was just one of three programs designed to aid in social…

What Measure 26-218 Could Bring to Montavilla

This November, voters will have an opportunity to approve ballot measure 26-218. Among other transportation-related projects, Metro created this ballot measure to seek funding for ten significant initiatives. A winning yes vote on 26-218 would create a new payroll tax on businesses with more than 25 employees. A pro Measure 26-218 website, Let’s Get Moving, states that…

NE Glisan Bus Shelter Destroyed and Removed

An automobile destroyed another prominent Montavilla bus stop late last week. Friday, September 25th, crews removed the broken bus shelter along NE Glisan near 82nd Ave. The shelter served the number 19 Bus stop in front of the Montavilla Community Center. Tia York, Public Information Officer for TriMet, confirmed the reason for its removal. “The…

Cellphone Tower Upgrade Second Attempt

The T-Mobile Cellphone Tower, located on the Public Storage property at 1621 NE 71st Ave, will receive an upgrade. Work proposed in permit application 20-194224 will encompass some of the work proposed in February of this year. Permit 20-120469 issued to towers managed Crown Castle on March 4th. However, the online records for the old permit are no longer accessible. Now, 20-194224…

BIKETOWN’s Electric Bike Eastside Expansion

The BIKETOWN bike-share program expanded into Montavilla this month, for the first time making bikes available for riders to rent in the area. With the program’s expansion, Portland is replacing the older bikes that first arrived in 2016. The new bicycles are all new pedal-assist electric bikes. These bikes will help average riders make the…

Montavilla Public Trash Can Survey

Below is a survey regarding public trash can placement in Montavilla. It is being conducted in cooperation with the Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA). The trash can expansion program will use many factors when selecting locations, including input from MNA. Public input through MNA will help direct can placement to areas that need them. Thanks for…

Tree Limb Blocking SE 70th

A tree limb has fallen across SE 70th Ave, blocking traffic and cutting power for local residents. As high winds continue in the Portland area, a large branch has blown loose, bringing down power lines and striking the house at 6934 E Burnside Street. Crews are on-site, removing the tree and working to restore power.…

Expanded Corners Come to 92nd

Expanded corners are now present at the intersection of SE 92nd Ave and Washington street. First appearing on 76th Ave, these are part of the Busy Streets program seeking to provide more space at heavily used intersections. Portland Bureau of Transportation installed these temporary sidewalk expansions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These street crossings often…

Expanded Corners Come to 80th

Expanded corners are now present along SE 80th Ave on both Stark and Washington streets. First appearing on 76th Ave, these are part of the Busy Streets program seeking to provide more space at busy intersections. Portland Bureau of Transportation installed these temporary sidewalk expansions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These street crossings often become…

Expanded Corners Come to 76th

The first Expanded corner of the Busy Streets program came to the corner of SE 76th Ave and SE Washington Street. Composed of paint and white plastic delineators, it extends the corner space out beyond the curb. Strictly speaking, this corner is on the other side of the street from Montavilla. SE 76th Ave is the west…

Busy Streets Program Walkability Improvements

The new Busy Streets program has already made Montavilla more walkable and will extend through the neighborhood. The program seeks to expand pedestrian space in busy areas by reusing parts of the roadway not used for travel lanes. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has launched the Busy Streets program as part of its response to COVID-19. The…

Curb Extension on Washinton

East of SE 80th on Washington Street, Portland Bureau of Transportation has installed a temporary Curb Extension for the bus stop. Constructed out of asphalt and rubber tire stops, it is a none permanent installation. The bus stop serves both the 15 and 272 bus lines. Before this upgrade, the stop had limited sidewalk space…

Public Trash Can Expansion

In Montavilla Town, there are only two public trash cans. One sits next to the TriMet number 15 bus stop near McDonald’s. The other is a few blocks away on SE 79th. These two represent the highest density of public trash cans within Montavilla, but soon that could change. In 2016, Portland City Council expanded…

New Corner Ramps at NE Couch

The intersection of NE Couch Street and NE 80th Ave will receive much-needed updates. Reconstructed corners and new sidewalk ramps will replace the deteriorated curbs there today. At this intersection, current sidewalk corners do not have ramps, having been constructed in 1915 and 1928 before they were standard. As a T-intersection, only two corners exist,…

Bus Stop Destroyed in Crash

The TriMet bus stop on the northeast corner of Burnside and 82nd Ave was destroyed in a crash today. The bus stop shelter and crosswalk signal pole are knocked off their mounts. This bus stop serves the 20 bus line. Bus service has not been disrupted at this stop, although glass and other debris is…

76th and Division Crossing Upgrades

The southwest corner of Montavilla is receiving an intersection upgrade. New curb ramps and traffic light poles, are being constructed at the corner of SE 76th Ave and SE Division Street. The new traffic lights will open up the intersection with Mast Arm mounted lights. They can sit further back from the curb compared to…

SE 80th Improvements Complete

A large road project on SE 80th Ave has completed after six months of work. Crews replaced the existing road down to its base and filled in missing sidewalks. The project encompassed SE 80th Ave from SE Grant Street to SE Market Street. Additionally SE Mill Street, from SE 80th Avenue to SE 82nd Ave,…

Improved Crossing on Glisan

UPDATE – An overhead pedestrian crossing indication system has been installed. This is different than other pedestrian crossings that are on NE Glisan. The light are not yet active but most of the structure is in place. Originally posted April 17th 2020. A small bit of infrastructure improvement will be coming to NE Glisan Street…

Umbrella Power Outage

Yesterday Montavilla experienced a power outage that affected over 3,000 customers. Residents in all four zip-codes of Montavilla experienced the outage. The total time without power was little over and hour, from 12:43 to 1:51 PM. The Oregonian reported that an umbrella was the cause of the outage. Pacific Power spokesperson Tom Gauntt was quoted…

9000 Hoyt Street Subdivision

15 new homes are coming to Montavilla in a new subdivision. Only one street back from NE Glisan, this new project by 9000 Hoyt Street LLC and Todd Spencer, is in its early stages. Currently just basic infrastructure and a massive retaining wall are being constructed onsite. This stretch of Hoyt is an unimproved gravel…

Reporting Dumped Garbage

We have all seen piles of trash dumped on the street or sidewalk in our neighborhood. Perhaps it has been in front of your house or business. This can be frustrating and a blight on the public areas. Fortunately Portland cares about it as much as we do and they have a way of reporting…

Rejuvenation of 82nd Ave

As a neighborhood whose boundary is set by two freeways and is crisscrossed by major streets, Montavilla is defined by roads. 82nd Avenue has acted as an important bisecting line of the neighborhood for over 100 years. In 2019, 82nd Ave was the focus for both the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the…

Cellphone Tower Upgrade

Although not the most exciting addition to the neighborhood, infrastructure can be just as impactful as a new building. The Cellphone tower located on the Public Storage property at 1621 NE 71ST Ave is getting a $15,000 upgrade. The towers are managed by Crown Castle and service national and regional wireless carriers. The full text…

SE 80th Greenway

Work is well underway for the street and sidewalk improvements that are part of the SE 80th Avenue & Mill Street LID project. This project will stretch along SE 80th Avenue from 100 feet north of SE Grant Street to SE Market Street. The project will create sidewalks with modern pedestrian friendly intersections. Road improvements…