Lents neighbors voice issues over Foster lane adjustments usa local information
PBOT’s plan is a performed deal
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Some folks within the Lents neighborhood are annoyed with town plans to transform 2 lanes on Foster Road into motorbike lanes and walkways.
The challenge has been within the works for years and has already been licensed by means of town council. The plan will have an effect on lanes between SE 50th and SE 90th.
“There [were] a number of terrible crashes and deaths along the roadway and priorities in the neighborhood shifted to truly safer streets,” challenge supervisor Rich Newlands stated.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation stated the challenge can even assist companies within the space by means of developing extra foot visitors. But some locally don’t like the theory and whilst this can be a performed deal, they made their voices heard at a gathering on October 12.
“It’s going to increase the rent,” Char Pennie with Lents Livability Association. “Cause right now, a lot of it is smaller businesses are in these older buildings and I’m guessing the rents are a lot lower.”
“The city’s got this thing in their brains about bicycle lanes everywhere…people aren’t going to have places to park,” neighbor Neola Larson stated. “It’s not fair.”
Some suppose fewer automobile lanes will imply extra visitors and extra threat.
“It’s not going to make it any safer, as far as the people who drive and get angry,” Pennie stated.
The town might nonetheless make amendments to the plan, but it surely’s not going. Groundbreaking will occur in spring 2018.