October Street Closures and Traffic Impacts

Davis Graveyard 2014

A few events taking place in October will close or restrict access to some of the neighborhood streets in Ardenwald neighborhood.

The Sunday Parkway on Sunday, October 2nd, will close SE 29th Ave., SE Olsen St., and SE 40th Ave. to motor vehicles between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Restricted access will be allowed for residents on the route and for residents on the dead-end streets west of SE 29th Ave.

SE 43rd Ave. between SE Johnson Creek Blvd. and SE Roswell St. will close for Davis Graveyard events on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again on Monday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.

Public Forum for SAFE Oct. 10

The City of Milwaukie is proposing a monthly Safe Access For Everyone (SAFE) fee to cover the funding of ramps and sidewalk improvements to bring the community in compliance with the American Disability Act (ADA). The proposed fee would be imposed on both residential and commercial properties. A public forum will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 3200 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. To learn more about SAFE, visit City of Milwaukie’s SAFE webpage at www.milwaukieoregon.gov/citymanager/safe-access-everyone-safe-public-forum.

SAFE was mentioned briefly at the Ardenwald neighborhood meeting on Sep. 26, 2016.

McLoughlin Blvd Paving Project

Next year ODOT will repave 2.6 miles of McLoughlin Blvd from SE Harold St to SE Harrison St, replace the Crystal Springs Creek Bridge with a new culvert, improve sidewalks and ramps to be ADA compliant, and make repairs to the Johnson Creek Bridge. ODOT expects most of the construction to occur in the summer.

You can provide comments and learn more about the project, including information about closures and detours, at the online open house available here: www.99Epaving.org or by attending the in-person open house on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5-7 PM at SMILE Station at 8210 SE 13th Avenue, Portland 97202.

Sellwood Bridge Events This Weekend

Mark your calendars. The old Sellwood Bridge will be closed to traffic, beginning this Thursday, February 25th at 7 PM. From 7:30 to 8:30 PM, the public is invited to bring flashlights, electric candles or phone lights and walk across the old bridge for a final farewell ceremony marking the old bridge’s 90 years spanning the Willamette. Participants are asked to gather at SE Grand and Spokane no earlier than 7 PM.

Though the bridge will be closed to traffic until Tuesday, March 1st, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new bridge on Saturday, February 27th 12-4 PM. Parking is very limited in the neighborhood, so visitors are encouraged to walk or bike to the party, which will feature a parade, food carts, entertainment and “a few surprises.”

Learn more about what’s happening at the project’s website.