Some East Portland residents might call ODOTs new safety improvements along outer east Powell Boulevard less than half a loaf, perhaps a few slices at best.
But the state has agreed to spend an additional $3 million in 2018 for new sidewalks along Powell, says David Hampsten, a transportation activist from the Hazelwood neighborhood.
And the Oregon Legislature came through in the eleventh-hour of its 2013 session with an additional $5 million for future sidewalk and related improvements on Powell. Hampsten predicts that will be used to leverage more federal funds to make a bigger dent on that endeavor. You need to build up enough money to do a proper project, he says.
The Legislature also granted another $3.6 million to add sidewalks on Southeast 136th Avenue. That will supplement $1.2 million being spent by the city, in part a response to community outcry after the recent tragic death of 5-year-old Morgan Maynard-Cook while walking along 136th. Combined with the new state money, that should allow enough to put a sidewalk on one side of 136th between Division and Foster, Hampsten says.