PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sidewalks along Northeast Prescott, where they don't have them now. And marked crosswalks, flashing yellow beacons and other improvements on other parts of the project. It’s all part of a deal struck with TriMet to get more bus service to a busy but underserved area.
Thanks to a better budget outlook and the voter approved gas tax, it is happening.
About 6 million dollars in improvements for Northeast Prescott and Southeast Foster Road and 122nd Avenue. Commissioner Steve Novick walked with other officials along a stretch of Prescott with no sidewalk. Then he told us the upgrades are thanks to of a lot of community input, and several years of work.
“It's nice to be able to come up with an idea on a Wednesday and have it done by Tuesday but in a way it's more satisfying-- although sorry the people of east Portland had to wait, but it's really satisfying if there's something you've been working on for four years and finally see it come to fruition,” said Novick.
Good for this area, but a little further in, at NE 87th and Prescott Noreen Joynt says she's been trying to get the city to do something about her dangerous intersection.
Noreen's seen too many crashes. She'd like something to stop or slow down traffic. She says she's told the city, but sees no action.
“Until somebody gets killed and it might be me because I'm the one who has to cross all the time- and the city's attitude it just won't work—try it,” said Joynt.
Commissioner Novick told KGW the Bureau of Transportation will take another look at Joynt’s concerns.
In the meantime, the improvements on the east side project begin soon and run into next year. And TriMet has already started service of its brand new 73 Line, to compliment 71 line bus service for 122nd Avenue.