After going silent on the project over the last couple months, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has now announced (provided below) that the repaving of N Denver from N Lombard to N Watts has been delayed until next summer due to unspecified neighborhood concerns.
PBOT had intended to re-configure this stretch of N Denver with a protected bike lane after it was repaved, as was done on N Rosa Parks, and submitted a completed design at the KNA meeting in April that showed about a 40% reduction in parking.
In communications with the KNA, PBOT claimed that neighbors, especially those along N Denver, were largely positive about the project through their direct engagement research and that the only concern that could halt the project would be safety.
The KNA, which hasn’t taken a formal stance on the project, has reached out to PBOT for clarification on what exactly caused them to delay the project.
Dear Community Members,
In 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to paving maintenance and projects to improve safety for travelling throughout the city. N. Denver Ave between N. Lombard St. and N. Watts St. needs paving maintenance and PBOT has dedicated funding to repave the street.
When PBOT repaves a roadway, we often leverage the opportunity to improve safety at the same time and review the lane configuration, bike facilities, and crossings. We initially proposed repaving N Denver Avenue this summer, including protected bike lanes, transit stops and crossing medians.
We have received positive support, but also some concerns about the design as proposed and are placing a temporary hold on this project to continue our outreach with the neighborhood to better understand concerns, community needs and preferences related to this project. We now intend to deliver this project in the summer of 2019, with a design that reflects the additional public input.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we gather additional public input on this project.
Feel free to contact me with any questions and you can expect additional opportunities to provide input in the coming months.