Neighborhood briefs



Sewer work coming

Sewer construction around parts of Northwest 23rd Avenue will cause street shutdowns and reduce parking this spring.

Century-old sewer lines beneath Northwest Irving and Flanders streets have ruptured and will be replaced, with construction expected to start in May or June and lasting three or four months, according to city engineers.

Work on Irving Street will run from Westover Road down to 22nd Avenue. Work on Flanders will take place between 24th and 23rd avenues. Both will include replacing sewer pipe underneath 23rd Avenue, which will mean the shopping street will have one-way traffic and flaggers for short periods.

The lines crisscrossing under 23rd Avenue were cited by city officials earlier this year as part of the reason for canceling a planned reconstruction of that street. City engineers felt that the street work would cause the lines to rupture, thus making the street reconstruction project, originally expected to last six months, a yearlong project.

Some business owners along 23rd Avenue petitioned city Commissioner Sam Adams to call off the reconstruction, fearing a year's worth of construction could cause some businesses to fail.


Cyclists set to gather

Bike geeks from around the state will gather April 4 and April 5 at the 2008 Oregon Bike Summit, set for the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach.

Anyone interested in the bike industry will have the opportunity to talk with their peers, learn from their case studies and study bike-related public policy issues including transportation, recreation, tourism and event planning.

Keynote speakers will include U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; Tim Blumenthal, executive director of the nonprofit Bikes Belong, which promotes ridership; and Gail Achterman, chairwoman of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The last day to register online is March 28, at . For information, call Tara Corbin at Cycle Oregon, 503-287-0405 ext. 100.


Street fix input sought

The Portland Office of Transportation hosts its first open house tonight to solicit input on a plan to make long-sought improvements to Northeast Cully Boulevard between Prescott and Killingsworth streets.

Conditions on and surrounding the busy road are a problem now. The road lacks sidewalks and has narrow shoulders that leave little room for bicyclists or pedestrians. Neighborhood residents and others also say the road lacks safe pedestrian crossings.

Preliminary plans for improvements include new sidewalks, trees, bike lanes and on-street parking on both sides of the street. Officials also plan a study to find ways to make the five-way stop intersection safer at Northeast Prescott Street, 60th Avenue and Cully Boulevard.

The open house runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 6025 N.E. Prescott St.


Argay neighbors alerted

The Argay Neighborhood Association invites residents to attend a meeting tonight to discuss the plans of a special city interbureau task force that intends to tackle livability issues in the neighborhood, including complaints about crime, drugs, prostitution, code violations and trash.

At the meeting, representatives of Mayor Tom Potter as well as the Office of Neighborhood Involvement will brief residents on their plans as well as ask the community for help. Coffee will be served.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at Fire Station 2, 4800 N.E. 122nd Ave., just north of Sandy Boulevard. For information, call 503-256-5579, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Tabor's future assessed

The Mount Tabor Central Yard and Nursery Planning Group meets 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 7 in the annex room at Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 S.E. Belmont St.

The group's focus is to update the 1999 Mount Tabor Park Master Plan to include a future vision for Mount Tabor Park's central maintenance yard, nursery and other parts of the park.

The updated master plan will incorporate sustainable practices, honor the park's history and provide a safe and sensible work environment for employees and volunteers in the Portland Parks and Recreation department.

Mount Tabor's yard serves the maintenance and horticulture needs for all of the city's parks. Portland Parks and Recreation has been requesting funds to make improvements to maintenance operations for more than 10 years.

The Portland City Council authorized the planning process in September.


Traffic changes plotted

The boards of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association and the South Portland Neighborhood Association are working toward a joint agreement on their goals for the South Portland Improvements Project, intended to ease traffic congestion and improve pedestrian access in the area of Southwest Naito Parkway and the west-side entrance to the Ross Island Bridge.

Among other things, the agreement calls for traffic speeds to be reduced on Naito, in large part to help pedestrians cross the busy thoroughfare. The agreement also calls for entry ramps to the bridge to be built to take traffic off neighborhood streets.

The project is in the planning stage as part of traffic improvements the city wants to make in the growing South Waterfront urban renewal area.

- Tribune staff