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'Better Naito' returns for waterfront festival season

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The city is reviving its 'Better Naito' plan to turn one lane of the busy street into a pedestrian-bike path during the waterfront festival season.Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is bringing back “Better Naito,” a pedestrian and bike path along the busy waterfront street during the summer’s festival season.

From May 2 to July 31, one northbound traffic lane from Southwest Main Street to Northwest Davis Street will be converted to a multi-use path for two-way walking and bicycling.

This is the second time the city and Better Block PDX have set aside one traffic lane so people can walk or bike around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project began in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival.

From July 1 to 4, the lane conversion will extend from Southwest Clay Street to Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park.

Each year, festivals in Tom McCall Waterfront Park draw almost 700,000 people between April and November.

For more information, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/NaitoParkway