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News Release: Safer, more accessible crossings and smoother pavement coming to N Williams Avenue thanks to Fixing Our Streets

N Williams Avenue under construction

PBOT-contracted crews have begun updating curb ramps on N Williams Avenue between Stanton and Cook to meet modern ADA requirements. These improvements will increase access and provide safety for people crossing N Williams Avenue and traveling along the corridor. Photo by Briana Orr, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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(Sept. 13, 2019) Smooth streets and safer crossings are coming to North Portland as crews with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begin work on the N Williams Avenue (Stanton to Cook) paving project, funded by Fixing Our Streets, a voter-approved 10-cent gas tax for fixing streets and making them safer. 

PBOT crews have already begun work on N Williams Avenue and will wrap up by the end of the year, weather permitting.

N Williams paving map

The Project

PBOT-contracted crews will grind down existing pavement and replace it, improve pedestrian crossings, and upgrade nine curb ramps to meet modern ADA requirements. These improvements will increase access and provide safety for people crossing N Williams Avenue and traveling along the corridor. 

PBOT’s work will require partial, intermittent closures at intersections as well as a full weekend closure this fall. During the weekend closure, people driving will be detoured to N Kerby Avenue and people biking will be detoured to NE Rodney Avenue. Lane closures allow crews to safely and efficiently grind and pave the four blocks of this important corridor.

Sidewalks will remain open throughout construction. PBOT crews will also ensure that residents and area businesses have access to their homes and properties throughout construction.

PBOT encourages Portlanders who live, work, or travel on N Williams Avenue in this area to sign up for updates on all detours and closures. Go to: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/williams

During construction, PBOT asks the public to travel with caution, observe all detours and directions provided by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes whenever possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

Project Budget

The total budget for the N Williams Avenue paving project is $620,000. Funding for this project was made possible by Fixing Our Streets, a voter-approved 10-cent gas tax for fixing streets and making them safer. Fixing Our Streets is the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to transportation needs. To learn about the wide range of projects funded through Fixing Our Streets and benefitting all of Portland go to: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/fixingourstreets

For more information, go to our project website and sign up for email or text updates:

www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/williams

Or contact:

Briana Orr, Capital Projects Planner

(503) 823-7566  |   briana.orr@portlandoregon.gov

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