Open house on the major street project is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10 in downtown Portland.

KOIN 6 NEWS - One lane was closed for the Better Naito project last September.Portland has big plans to improve Southwest Naito Parkway.

Officials plan to repave and reconfigure the busy street on the south end from the I-405 overpass to the Hawthorne Bridge. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) said there will be safety improvements for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Currently there are no bike lanes on that section of Naito.

"We are going to add a two-way bike path and pedestrian path separated from car traffic it's going to make it safer and more comfortable for everyone to access the waterfront," PBOT spokesman Dylan Rivera said.

The changes will also allow for a connection to the "Better Naito" project in the summer, which closes down a lane for access to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

In addition to rebuilding the street, the section of Naito from Southwest Harrison to Jefferson foresees:

• New traffic signals, including a dedicated signal for vehicles accessing the Hawthorne Bridge and a pedestrian crossing signal to access Pettygrove Park, the Lovejoy Fountain, and the Halprin Blocks.

• New bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the east side of the street, including a new path and sidewalk. Currently, no bicycle or pedestrian facilities exist on the east side of SW Naito.

• Updated signal timing to improve traffic operations through the corridor.

Improved crossings at major intersections to improve safety.

According to PBOT, funding for the project comes from several sources, including: Transportation System Development Charges, which are fees paid by developers to help manage population growth; the Fixing Our Streets program, funded by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax; and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

There will be an open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10., at Portland Center University's Center for Executive and Professional Education, 1500 S.W, 1st Suite 100.

You can learn more about the project at

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

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