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Tour gives public close look at SE Powell transportation projects

A Saturday morning walking tour will give people a chance to look at sections of Southeast Powell Boulevard to be improved under the state’s Outer Powell Boulevard Transportation Safety Project.

The walking tour is from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 7. Representatives of Oregon’s Department of Transportation will be at three locations along Powell Boulevard, at 111th, 122nd and 145th avenues, to talk about the project with area residents.

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the Safeway at Southeast 122nd Avenue. Members of the public can join ODOT Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer, City Commissioner Steve Novick and members of the project’s Community Advisory Group for a walk along a portion of the corridor and discuss potential improvements.

ODOT has improved Outer Powell Boulevard in the past two years by better delineating lanes of traffic for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians, adding traffic separators, pedestrian crosswalks with rapid flashing beacons and other road safety features. The new project will determine the location of potential corridor design details such as sidewalks, bike lanes, center turn lanes, medians, pedestrian crossings and bus stops.

For more information, check the website www.outerpowellsafety.org.

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