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Jackson School Road Improvements Project: Quarterly Update

Post Date:08/29/2019 10:16 am

3 Jackson School Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project Updates to Keep You in the Know 

  1. The project is on schedule to start construction in winter 2019, and be complete by winter 2022. Final design documents are substantially complete, and the City is currently negotiating with property owners to acquire the final portions of land needed to construct the project.

  2. A licensed tree service will be removing previously identified trees and vegetation along the project corridor beginning this October. A certified arborist will oversee the work.
    • This process will take approximately two months, weather permitting.
    • Minimal disruption to traffic may be expected.
    • Affected property owners and current residents will be notified prior to the start of the work in mid-September with a mailing.
    • Affected property owners and residents will need to remove any personal belongings within the public right-of-way before work begins in October.
    • During construction, more than 60 established, healthy trees will be preserved and protected in the corridor; 364 new trees will be planted along Jackson School Road later in the project.
    • Prior to this work, PGE may mobilize to trim vegetation near powerlines.

  3. A small strip along the east side of the Harold Eastman Memorial Rose Garden – located at NE 5th Avenue and NE Grant Street - will be removed as part of the project. The rose garden will then be expanded to the west, where displaced roses from the east side will be relocated.

More About Planned Improvements
Currently, Jackson School Road is a two-lane roadway with an intermittent center turn lane, intermittent sidewalks, limited roadway lighting, and no bicycle facilities. On average, approximately 7,000 vehicles travel on NE Jackson School Road each day. This is projected to increase to approximately 10,000 vehicles per day in the next 20 years.

Improving the Jackson School Road corridor has been part of the area's Transportation System Plan for more than four decades.

The key goals of the project are to:

  • Improve access to and from NE Jackson School Road and adjacent residential neighborhoods for all modes of travel
  • Encourage active transportation by providing enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Construct a roadway to meet current and future demands

The project will include constructing sidewalks, and installing street lighting over the roadways’ entire length of 1.54 miles.

Please keep an eye out for the next project update online and by email in December 2019. You can always find additional project details on the Jackson School Road project webpage or by contacting the City directly:

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