(October 16, 2018) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that it has received the Notice to Proceed from the Federal Highway Administration to begin Phase 2 of the St. Johns Truck Strategy. With this go-ahead in place, PBOT was able to put the Phase 2 projects out to bid earlier this fall and expects to choose a contractor by early November. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2019.
The $5 million Phase 2 will provide a variety of traffic calming tools to discourage cut-through truck traffic and improve safety for people walking and biking on N. St. Louis-Fessenden in the St Johns neighborhood. Phase 2 includes a High Intensity Activated crosswalk beacon (HAWK) at the intersection of N. Fessenden and Charleston. Installation of this signal is a high priority for the surrounding neighborhoods. To meet this community need, PBOT worked closely with state transportation officials to include the HAWK signal as part of Phase 2.
The St. Johns Truck Strategy aims to encourage the use of designated freight routes around the St. Johns neighborhood and discourage use of neighborhood streets as cut-through routes. As funding has become available, PBOT has completed design elements of the strategy. In 2012, PBOT completed three design elements as part of Phase 1.