Safe Route to School on 30th Avenue between Wilbard & Maricara Streets.

The goal of this project is to provide children and walkers a safe route to walk to Jackson Middle School.

Currently, the majority of children in Markham Neighborhood that walk to Jackson Middle School walk along the 35 m.p.h. 35th Avenue & Huber Street and must cross the busy intersection at 35th & Huber Street. Much of the road does not contain an adequate shoulder for children to walk safely when vehicles pass them.

By using the City of Portland unimproved right-of-way, children bypass the 35 m.p.h. streets on Huber and 35th Avenue and approach Jackson Middle School at 35th & Maricara Street where there is a school crossing with flashers and 20 m.p.h. speed limit.

Currently, at the entrance to this route is blocked at Wilbard Street due to a private fence that encroaches the right-of-way. Therefore, children are not able to access this safer route to school. Markham Neighborhood Association has communicated with the homeowner (who does not live at the residence) as well as the renters of the property. After emailing a detailed explanation of the project purpose and request to move the fence back enough for children to be able to use the right-of-way, the homeowner has not responded.

It is hoped the encroachment will be moved back so work can begin on the trail over the summer months thereby allowing children walking to Jackson Middle School in the Fall of 2017 an opportunity to get to school safely.

What needs to be done:

Fence moved back at SW 30th & Wilbard.

Urban Trails Program permit granted

Volunteers to help prepare the trail and lay gravel along trail. (Grindings from ODOT road construction will be donated for this project. Purchase of clean gravel may be needed to cross culvert pipe at an approximate cost of $400.)

BOONES FERRY CULVERT PROJECT will divert traffic onto Stephenson and 35th Avenue thereby increasing the traffic in front of Jackson Middle School and the busy 4-way stop at Huber & 35th Avenue in a 35 mph zone compounding an already dangerous route for children walking to school. The project is expected to begin in the Spring of 2018 and last about 9 months. More information can be obtained by visiting BES (Bureau of Environmental Services) webpage for the Boones Ferry Project description and Boones Ferry Culvert Project Map.