Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 12)

1) Overlook Summer Social
2) Movie in the Park returns to Overlook Park
3) Water your trees
4) OKNA objects to proposed developer notification rules
5) Would you like to run for the OKNA board?
6) Adidas Employee Store pass


1) Overlook Summer Social

Mark your calendar for the Overlook Neighborhood Summer Social on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will gather at Atomic Pizza (1936 N Killingsworth St.). Atomic has generously agreed to offer residents pizza and salad special pricing. The social is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and to catch up with friends.

Members of the OKNA board will be present to discuss neighborhood issues with residents informally. We want to hear what’s on your mind.

The summer social will be held instead of an August OKNA general meeting.

2) Movie in the Park returns to Overlook Park

Don’t want to wait until Halloween to express your inner superhero?  Have kids who love dressing up as Batman or Stargirl? Then, Overlook Park is the perfect place for you and the kids on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. OKNA is partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation to show Wonder Woman as one of the last Summer Free for All movies of the season.

We’d like to see the park filled with adults and kids dressed as their favorite superheroes. Everyone in costume will receive a raffle ticket for prizes contributed by local businesses. They include gift certificates good for meals, ice cream, spa services and groceries; toys for the kids; and much more. Stop by the OKNA booth in costume to get your ticket.

Two face painters will be on hand 6-7:30 to put the final touches on kids’ decorations, and there will be music by Soul Vibrator (Power Funk and Yacht Rock) starting at 6:30. We’ll draw the first winning raffle tickets at 7. The movie will start at dusk. Runtime is about 2:20.

If you can’t walk, bike or take the Max to the park, make sure you park in Kaiser Permanente’s surface parking lots on the east side of N Interstate Avenue. We want to minimize cars parking in the neighborhood.

To enjoy watching the movie, come prepared with sand chairs, blankets, jackets, food and flashlights. We also ask that you pack out everything that you bring in. Remember, dogs in the park must be leashed.

We need a few volunteers to help before the movie starts. If you’re interested, contact Cynthia at info@overlookneighborhood.org.

See you on Sept. 2.

3) Water your trees

The meager sprinkles that passed over Portland on Saturday weren’t enough to quench the thirst of trees around Overlook. With forecast high temperatures in the 90s and even 100 over the next week, watering local trees is essential to their health. This is especially important for young trees planted in the past few years. They require a good soaking on a weekly basis throughout the summer to establish healthy root systems that will allow them to thrive for decades.

In addition, if you see a stressed tree on public land, call 503-823-TREE (8733) so they can send someone out to give it a drink.

4) OKNA objects to proposed development notification rules

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board last week unanimously agreed to submit testimony about proposed neighborhood notification rules for developers. The proposed rules would allow developers who want to avoid neighborhood engagement to hold meetings far from the neighborhood at inconvenient times and would allow some neighborhood residential projects to skip a public airing entirely.

Read OKNA’s written testimony. Residents can submit their own comments through Friday at 5 p.m. online.

5) Would you like to run for the OKNA board?

The Sept. 18 Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting will be our annual meeting at which we elect 15 board members. Anyone interested in running for the board should send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org by 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 to appear on the ballot. Residents may also declare a write-in candidacy at the meeting.

6) Adidas Employee Store pass

Adidas has invited all Overlook residents to visit the company’s employee store, where merchandise is discounted. The store no longer is on the adidas campus in Overlook but has moved to the Montgomery Park Building in Northwest. Click on the image below for details.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 2)

1) OKNA Board meeting on Tuesday
2) Filming in Overlook
3) Adidas update
4) Ice cream social on Sunday


1) OKNA Board meeting on Tuesday

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at Atomic Pizza (1936 N Killingsworth St.), 6:30-8:30 p.m. On the agenda are revisions to the city’s neighborhood notification requirements for developers, upcoming board elections and more. Meetings are open to the public to observe.

Amended 8/5/18: Consideration of funding for the North Portland Transportation Summit has been added to the agenda.

2) Filming in Overlook

Crews from the Disney production Timmy Failure will be in the Overlook Neighborhood on several days in August. The first shoot will be on Friday, Aug. 3, near the painted intersection at Melrose-Concord-Failing-Overlook. It will involve a drone, and flaggers will hold traffic for short periods of time. If possible, drivers and bicyclists should choose an alternate route. Filming will occur starting as early as 5 a.m. and continue to noon.

Another shoot will occur on Wednesday-Thursday (Aug. 8-9) around N Gay Street between Willamette and Sumner. Parking restrictions will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday and end at 11 p.m. Thursday. Gay will be closed to all traffic except local traffic on Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3) Adidas update

Adidas recently shared an update on its interactions and plans with the Overlook Neighborhood. The letter addresses employee-neighbor interactions and communications opportunities. From the letter:

It’s incredibly important to us that we continue to be a valued member of the Overlook community. We understand there are concerns from neighbors, and we want you to know we’re listening and doing a number of things to make this better for the community.

We’ve established a dedicated team that works directly with the Overlook community to listen, learn and regularly attend Overlook Neighborhood Association meetings.

Read the entire letter here.

Please also note that the adidas village  will host a Gridiron Girls/Jen Welter event on Wednesday, Aug. 8. It will include amplified sound.

4) Ice cream social on Sunday

The forecast for Sunday is a high of 88 degrees. Why not cool off at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social?

Join your neighbors from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Overlook House back rose garden for games, music, a raffle with amazing prizes and delicious ice cream sundaes.

Raffle tickets and ice cream purchases help benefit the Overlook House and your favorite free events throughout the year.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 27)

1) Patton Square Park community party – Saturday
2) Ice cream social next Sunday
3) Reminder I-5 northbound closed this weekend
4) Spirit of Portland Awards – Call for nominations
5) Learn about Portland’s traffic and transportation


1) Patton Square Park community party – Saturday

Come party with your neighbors at Patton Square Park (5727 N Interstate Ave.) on Saturday, 11-2 p.m. Temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s during the event. That’s comfortable enough to collaborate on an art piece, enjoy group yoga, go on a scavenger hunt to win a raffle prize, listen to local musicians and learn about community plans for playground improvements at the park.

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center will be open, providing an opportunity to tour an valuable historical resource for North and Northeast Portland. Food from Gracie’s Pizza and snow cones from Hana’s PDX will be available for purchase, and there will be some free snacks and cool refreshments, too.

Stop by the Friends of Patton Square Park and Overlook Neighborhood Association booth for a free button and a chat to learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Many thanks to event sponsors: Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, Firelight Yoga, Frank’s 76, the Overlook Neighborhood Association and Sensory Kids. Thanks also to our business raffle donors: adidas, Atomic Pizza, Blend, Firelight Yoga, Garagiste, New Seasons Market and Old Gold.

This event is free and open to the public with fun for all ages.

Program schedule:
11:15-11:45 – Yoga in the Park by Firelight Yoga
11:45-12:15 – Brody Gray (Contemporary Torchy/ Acoustic Pop)
12:45-1:15  – Forrest Myers-Power (Rock/Pop)
1:15-1:30 – Raffle
1:30-2:00 – Mel Zuch (Alt-country /Pop)

2) Ice cream social next Sunday

Beat the heat at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social on Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. Join your neighbors at the Overlook House back rose garden for games, music, a raffle with amazing prizes and delicious ice cream sundaes.

Raffle tickets and ice cream purchases help benefit the Overlook House and your favorite free events throughout the year.

3) Reminder I-5 northbound closed this weekend

Don’t forget that Interstate 5 northbound will close between I-84 and the Fremont Bridge starting Friday night at 10 p.m. and re-opening Monday morning at 5 a.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation will be paving and repairing the highway during that time.

Expect some traffic detours into Overlook as people get back on the highway at N Going Street or N Alberta Street. Most travelers should use I-405 as a detour.

4) Spirit of Portland Awards – Call for nominations

Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of local heroes and the impact of their work on creating a shared future in a city we all share.  Each year Portland City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards to individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to our community.

Nomination forms are available online or by contacting Marco Mejia at 503-823-3093 or email spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov.

Nominate someone or some group that you think has made a difference in Portland or even just in one neighborhood.

5) Learn about Portland’s traffic and transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland State University again this year will conduct a 2018 PSU Traffic and Transportation Class that offers Portland residents the opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect the community.

Participants will work with decision- and policy-makers, planners, scholars, and engineers to get their neighborhood transportation projects moving.

This interactive PSU class is open to Portland residents. Full scholarships are available for the 10-week course, which begins Sept. 27 meets Thursday nights 6:40-8:40.  The classes are live-streamed for participants who might otherwise not be able to attend in person on the PSU campus in downtown Portland.

Learn more and register here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 22)

1) Patton Square Park community party on Saturday
2) Public hearing about development of Overlook heritage tree property
3) Keep cool during the heat wave


1) Patton Square Park community party on Saturday

Friends of Patton Square Park will host a free community party on July 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy music provided by the Friends of Noise Youth Showcase (Brody Gray – Contemporary Torchy/ Acoustic Pop, Forrest Myers-Power – Rock/Pop, and Mel Zuch – Alt-Country /Pop), collaborate on an art piece, enjoy group yoga in the park, go on a scavenger hunt to win a raffle prize, meet MAX Station artists and learn about community plans for playground improvements.  There will be fun for all ages.

Patton Square Community Park is located in Overlook at 5727 N Interstate Ave., next to the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC).

The IFCC will be open, providing an opportunity to tour a valuable historical resource for North and Northeast Portland. Food from Gracie’s Pizza and snow cones from Hana’s PDX will be available for purchase.

Many thanks to event sponsors, Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, Firelight Yoga, Frank’s 76, and the Overlook Neighborhood Association. Thanks also to adidas, Atomic Pizza, Blend, Garagiste, New Seasons Market, and Ruby Jewel Ice Cream for donating raffle items.

2) Public hearing about development of Overlook heritage tree property

The owners of property on N Overlook Terrace that includes a designated heritage tree (#259) have proposed subdividing the property. If approved, the property would be split into six buildable lots and two conservation tracts, one of which is intended to protect the oak. The Overlook Neighborhood Association submitted written testimony on the proposal asking for maximum protection of the iconic neighborhood tree as set out by the city Urban Forestry Department.

The staff report recommends allowing the subdivision with restrictions. It now goes before a hearings officer, and the public will have a chance to weigh in at a public hearing on Monday. Anyone who would like to testify for or against the proposal or who would just like to listen in should attend. A representative of OKNA will testify as will representatives of Friends of Overlook Bluff, which has raised concerns about the proposal.

The hearing will take place July 23 starting at 9 a.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 3000.

 3) Keep cool during the heat wave

Today is the start of a heat wave in Portland. Afternoon high temperatures are forecast to reach the 90s through next Sunday. Extreme heat can be dangerous. Follow these tips to stay healthy and cool.

  • Check on your Overlook neighbors who might be at risk of heat-related illnesses to make sure they are OK.
  • Find an interactive map of all public places to stay cool.
  • Visit public facilities with air conditioning such as libraries and community centers. The nearest to Overlook are North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St.) and Matt Dishman Community Center (77 N.E. Knott St.).
  • Multnomah County will open a cooling shelter at the East County building in Gresham (600 NE 8th St.) for seniors, people with disabilities and others at high risk for heat-related illnesses. The shelter will open Sunday (4-9 p.m.) and Monday (5-9 p.m.). If you need transportation, call Ride Connection at 503-226-0700.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy or heart or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high – even with the windows open.
  • Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.
  • Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.
  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
  • Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions.
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 20)

1) Overlook yard sale & free share this weekend
2) Sustainable water use in the home
3) Highway closures
4) Save the date: Ice cream social


1) Overlook yard sale & free share this weekend

Overlook’s annual yard sale returns this weekend. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., households throughout the neighborhood will have bargains available. This year 36 households signed up to participate, and a few more are likely. Throw on your sneakers or hop on your bike and find some deals.

View an interactive map that shows all of the sale locations in the neighborhood.

On Sunday, we’ll have the free share in which anyone can put items curbside, such as the stuff that didn’t sell the day before, and offer it up free to neighbors. With clear weather ahead, it should be a great day to casually part with unused items, or perhaps find a few scores of your own and spare them from the landfill.

If you have any questions or suggestions, let Josh know at sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.

2) Sustainable water use in the home

On July 29 the Overlook Goal Zero Energy Meetup will welcome Penny Milton, residential water efficiency coordinator at the Portland Water Bureau. Milton will share ways to save water in our homes.

All residents are welcome to attend the meeting 6-8 p.m. at 1712 N Sumner St. The group will talk about where Portland’s water comes from, the treatment process, understanding water bills, and why and how people should conserve. Milton also will bring free goodies (shower heads, aerators, etc.) to help us use water better.

The Goal Zero Energy Meetup is a group of Overlook residents inspired by the CO2 problem (and the hotter summers and bigger fires) to make their homes more sustainable in every way possible. Every month the group chooses a theme and tries to bring in experts to help learn how people can live more efficiently and with less impact on the planet. It’s a neighbor to neighbor learning network for finding and sharing ways to save resources and get off fossil fuels. The goal is to create community, have fun and answer the problem of our time from the ground up.

3) Highway closures

Remember that southbound I-5 will be closed this weekend from the Fremont Bridge to I-84. The closure begins at 10 p.m. Friday and continues until 5 a.m. Monday.  Through traffic should take the Fremont Bridge to I-405 and reconnect with I-5 to the south of the city.

The Oregon Department of Transportation also will wrap up work on the ramp from southbound I-5 to I-84 by Monday. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the ramp from westbound I-84 to northbound I-5 will close. It will re-open on Aug. 6.

4) Save the date: Ice cream social

The annual Overlook Ice Cream Social will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. Mark your calendar now for this family-friendly neighborhood gathering.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 13)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting
2) I-5 South closed this weekend
3) I-5 tolling plans
4) Noise variance for construction project at Alberta and Interstate


1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Town Hall for the monthly OKNA general meeting. Topping the agenda is selection of a new neighborhood logo. The old tree logo is overdue for an update, and we have some excellent contenders submitted by residents. Help select Overlook’s logo for the coming years.

Also on the agenda, we’ll hear about a proposed new voting system for Portland and an update about the Greeley garden.

2) I-5 South closed this weekend

Southbound I-5 will be closed this weekend and next from the Fremont Bridge to I-84. The closure begins at 10 p.m. Friday and continues until 5 a.m. Monday.  Through traffic should take the Fremont Bridge to I-405 and reconnect with I-5 to the south of the city.

As part of the closure, the N Going Street onramp to I-5 southbound will be closed. Vehicles trying to use that ramp will be detoured north on I-5 to the N Rosa Parks Way exit, then back onto southbound I-5.

There could be long delays at traffic signals along the detour routes, and I-5 will likely be severely congested at times as it narrows to two lanes approaching the Fremont Bridge.  Drivers may want to continue north on I-5 to Lombard where they can get on the interstate using the un-signaled cloverleaf.

The N Greeley Avenue onramp to I-5 southbound also will be closed. Expect delays on Greeley and N Interstate Avenue in the areas a result.

Adding to the traffic volume in North Portland, the Mississippi Street Fair is happening on Saturday.  While the heat and the freeway construction might keep the crowds down, using N Skidmore Street to head east across I-5 will not be easy.  N Alberta Street to the north and N Russell Street to the south might be better options to cross I-5.

Be extra careful and patient in Overlook the next two weekends.

3) I-5 tolling plans

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Transportation Commission are continuing to refine plans for tolling on I-5 and I-205. The current recommendation is to toll I-5 from Going/Alberta at the north to south of downtown. Those wishing to avoid paying the toll coming from the north could divert into North Portland and Overlook particularly.

OKNA board chair Chris Trejbal testified at the Transportation Commission public hearing last week. The full hearing is available on youtube. Watch Trejbal’s testimony below.

4) Noise variance for construction project at Alberta and Interstate

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (soon to be officially renamed) heard loud and clear from Overlook residents that expanded work hours for a development project at Interstate and Alberta was not an acceptable option. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with city officials on this proposal.

Rather than expanding work hours to 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., the project received a limited variance for one day in August when they will have a large concrete pour that’s going to take about 12 hours. As they firm up the date, the neighborhood will receive a heads up, and we’ll share through the neighborhood update. The developer has also asked for two monthly early truck deliveries from August to November, which will probably be granted as a reasonable accommodation.

 

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Special neighborhood update: A movie crew and noise variance

A couple of late-breaking items have come up for the Overlook Neighborhood. A film shoot could cause minor delays on Tuesday afternoon, and a construction project is seeking a noise variance.

Expect delays at the Going Street pedestrian overpass on Tuesday

A film crew making a Disney movie entitled “Timmy Failure” will shoot drone footage in Overlook on Tuesday, 2-8 p.m. They will set up around the N Going Street pedestrian overpass and the nearby water tower.

During filming, vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be held for short durations on nearby streets. This will include holding traffic from crossing the pedestrian bridge. If you wish to avoid delays, you should choose another route to your destination for one day.

Please welcome the film crew to our neighborhood and be respectful around them while they work. This is an opportunity to showcase the Overlook charm and beauty that neighbors get to enjoy every day.

The film crew will return to Overlook later in the summer for additional shooting. We’ll keep you informed as we learn more about when and where.

Work hours extension sought for N Maryland project

The developer of Aniva Apartments project located at 5009 N Interstate Ave. is seeking a noise variance to extend work hours for the project to 5 a.m.-7 p.m.  This is the project underway on the Northwest corner of Interstate and Alberta. Any neighbors who wish to support or oppose this request can do so by emailing noise@portlandoregon.gov. The city will make a decision soon, so don’t delay.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 8)

1) Patton Square Park Community Party (July 28)
2) Heritage tree on Overlook Bluff
3) What’s your small project idea for Overlook?
4) Neighborhood notification requirements for developers
5) I-5 tolling


1) Patton Square Park Community Party (July 28)

Friends of Patton Square Park  (5272 N Interstate Ave.) will host a community party at the park on July 28, 11-2, and you’re invited. Join your neighbors as we to enjoy music provided by Friends of Noise Youth Showcase, collaborate on an art piece, go on a scavenger hunt to win a prize, meet MAX Station artists and learn about community plans for playground improvements.

In addition, the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center will be open, providing an opportunity to tour a valuable historical resource for North and Northeast Portland. Food from Gracie’s Pizza and other vendors will be available for purchase.

Many thanks to sponsors Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, Firelight Yoga, Frank’s 76, and the Overlook Neighborhood Association as well as to adidas, New Seasons Market and Ruby Jewel Ice Cream for donating raffle items.

This event is free, open to the public and fun for all ages.  Contact Cynthia at info@overlookneighborhood.org with questions.

2) Heritage tree on Overlook Bluff

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board voted on Tuesday to comment on a proposed subdivision of property on N Overlook Terrace. The land includes a well-known heritage oak tree. OKNA is urging the city to require maximum protection for the tree as set out by the city Urban Forestry Department so that it survives building of residences around it.

Read the full letter to the city.

3) What’s your small project idea for Overlook?

The Overlook Neighborhood Association seeks ideas for neighborhood projects that could be partially funded with small grants from OKNA. What would you do to make Overlook better? Send your ideas to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

You don’t need a fully fleshed out idea now. If the grants committee likes what it sees, you’ll have a chance to submit more details later.

Also, if you’re interested in helping choose the projects that receive funding, we still have room for a few residents on the grants committee. Send an email expressing your interest and sharing some information about yourself to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

4) Neighborhood notification requirements for developers

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed new neighborhood notification rules for developers. Under the new system, developers no longer would be required to present at neighborhood meetings but instead may hold their own meetings within two miles of the development site. For Overlook, that means the meeting could be on the west side of the river.

We’ll have a fuller presentation of what the rules mean for Overlook at OKNA’s July 17 General Meeting. In the meantime, you can read the new rules and comment online. BPS will hold a public hearing on the rules on Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m.

5) I-5 tolling

The committee studying tolling on Portland-area highways has sent its formal recommendations to the state. The committee recommended that the first phase of tolls include I-5 starting somewhere in North Portland, though Going/Alberta is the top contender. Although several committee members noted concerns about safety when traffic diverts onto neighborhood streets, the full report minimizes the concerns and offers no mitigation plans.

The full recommendation report is available online. You can submit comments to the Oregon Transportation Commission about the proposal online or at a public hearing on Thursday, July 12. Sign up to testify starting at 3 p.m. with the meeting running 4-8. More details are on the agenda.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 30)

1) OKNA Board meeting
2) I-5 tolling moves forward
3) Closures on I-5
4) Happy July 4!


1) OKNA Board meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Atomic Pizza (1936 N Killingsworth St.). Please note that this differs from our usual meeting place.

At the meeting, the board will discuss several neighborhood items including a request to oppose subdivision of property on the Overlook Bluff in order to secure greater protection for the heritage tree there. We also will receive updates on the upcoming movie in the park, I-5 tolling and Patton Square Park. The meeting is open for the public to attend and observe. View the full agenda online.

2) I-5 tolling moves forward

The Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Advisory Committee on Monday voted to recommend that the Oregon Department of Transportation implement a pilot tolling program on Interstate 5. The committee’s draft report had suggested beginning the tolling at the Alberta/Going exit in Overlook. Read more in this news story.

OKNA Board Chair Chris Trejbal testified at the committee meeting prior to the vote about neighborhood concerns with the plan including safety, cut-through traffic as cars divert off the highway to avoid the toll, and impacts on historically underrepresented communities in North Portland. In a concession to these concerns, the committee changed its recommendation to ask ODOT to study where the best location in North Portland to begin tolling would be. The committee also acknowledged that strategies to mitigate diversion traffic into neighborhoods are essential.

The recommendations now go to the Oregon Transportation Commission, which will hold a public hearing on July 12 beginning at 4 p.m. (sign up to comment 3-7 p.m.) at University Place Hotel (310 SW Lincoln St.). Residents who have thoughts on the tolling plan and its potential effects on North Portland are encouraged to attend. Speakers will be limited to three minutes. You can also submit written testimony online.

3) Closures on I-5

Beginning next weekend, travelers will experience the first major delays for the Interstate 84 at Interstate 5 Rehabilitation Project and the I-5 Interstate Bridge to Hassalo paving project. A detailed brochure shows all closures, detours and timelines. Highlights include:

Two week closure of I-5 southbound ramp to I-84 eastbound

The ramp that connects I-5 southbound to I-84 eastbound will close 24-hours a day for two-weeks from 10 p.m. Sunday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23.

During the closure, Hamilton Construction will replace 16 bridge joints that link  the ramps, remove the existing concrete, perform repairs to metal below the concrete surface and emplace new concrete. As the concrete cures, traffic cannot use the ramp.

I-5 southbound weekend closure

I-5 southbound will close for paving between the Fremont and the Marquam Bridges from 10 p.m. Friday, July 13 to 5 a.m. Monday July 16 and from 10 p.m. Friday, July 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23.

During these closures travelers will use the Fremont Bridge and Interstate 405.

More multi-day ramp and interstate closures and delays in July and August

Two-week, around-the-clock ramp closures will take place at I-84 and I-5 throughout July and August along with directional closures of I-5 between the Fremont and Marquam Bridges. Here is the schedule:

  • 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6: I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound is closed.
  • 10 p.m. Friday, July 27 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2: In addition to the I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound ramp closure, the center lane of I-84 westbound will close near Lloyd Boulevard. This will only leave the left lane open on I-84 westbound.
  • 10 p.m. Friday, July 27 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 30: I-5 northbound will close between the Marquam and Fremont Bridges.
  • 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 to 5 a.m. Aug. 6: I-5 northbound will close between the Marquam and Fremont Bridges.
  • 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27: I-84 westbound to I-5 southbound will close. This means only one lane, the right lane, of I-84 will remain open.

4) Happy July 4!

Wednesday is Independence Day.  OKNA hopes all residents have a fun, safe holiday.

As you celebrate America’s independence, please think twice before lighting fireworks. It’s very dry in Overlook and all of the region. One stray spark could start a terrible blaze. Remember, it was just a smoke bomb that started the fire in the Columbia Gorge last year.

Pet owners should be sure to keep their pets inside or leashed lest they panic at the sound of fireworks and run off.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 17)

1) Design OKNA’s new logo
2) OKNA’s June general meeting
3) Adidas opens Montgomery Park offices
4) Celebrate Juneteenth at the North Portland Library on Sunday
5) I-5 tolling and impacts on Overlook
6) Safe Routes to School projects selected


Do you have a love of graphic design and your neighborhood? The Overlook Neighborhood Association is considering changing its logo, and you can help. Join your neighbors who have already submitted some great ideas and maybe your design will grace our neighborhood newsletter, website and more. We are accepting submissions until July 1. Email your sketches, ideas or finished designs to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

2) OKNA’s June general meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, June 19, 6:30-8:20 p.m. at Kaiser Town Hall. Join your neighbors to learn more about what’s happening in Overlook. Topics on this month’s agenda include a development proposal for 4212 N Interstate Ave., the adidas expansion project and more.

3) Adidas opens Montgomery Park offices

While addias pursues its expansion plans at its Overlook campus, it has also opened new office space in the Montgomery Park building across the river. According to a story by the Portland Business Journal, the company has the entire sixth floor, with 80,000 square feet.

The move included relocating the company’s employee store from Overlook to Montgomery Park’s second floor. The Overlook store is now closed, and the company hopes that will reduce some of the spill-over parking onto neighborhood streets.

4) Celebrate Juneteenth at the North Portland Library on Sunday

June 19 marks the day – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation became effective – that Union soldiers read a general order announcing the end of slavery in Texas. We celebrate that day as Juneteenth, and events are underway in Portland.

The North Portland libraries will host two events this afternoon:

  • Free to Read: A Juneteenth Celebration. From 2 to 4 p.m. June 17 at the Kenton Library, Eva Abram of Rainwater Storytelling will share a story about Charles Mitchell – a story of slavery in the Northwest. There will be crafts, books, giveaways and light refreshments. For more information, visit the library’s website.
  • Juneteenth: Words Along the Way. North Portland Library will commemorate Juneteenth with words and music by PassinArt from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the library’s website.

5) I-5 tolling and impacts on Overlook

A representative from the Oregon Department of Transportation presented potential interstate tolling plans — which ODOT calls value pricing — for the Portland area at last month’s OKNA general meeting. One of the top contenders is to charge motorists on Interstate 5 between the Going Street/Alberta Street exits at the north end and the Multnomah Boulevard exit at the south end.

The Going Street/Alberta Street I-5 exits are in the Overlook neighborhood, and starting tolls there could create an incentive for motorists to divert onto neighborhood streets to avoiding paying them. A consultant’s report to the committee overseeing the tolling project noted, “Diversion from freeways in off-peak periods may increase the likelihood of motor vehicle crashes on the potentially impacted roadways and at intersections. Additionally, nonvehicular travel (e.g., bicyclists and pedestrians) on diversion routes could experience increased conflicts with motor vehicles during off-peak periods, which could increase crash frequency.”

Nevertheless, the consultant recommends using this option – called Concept B – as a test run of tolling in Portland. It did not, however, include any recommended mitigation to ensure Overlook and other nearby neighbors are kept safe from cut-through traffic.

OKNA is monitoring this situation, and the board welcomes residents’ input to info@overlookneighborhood.org. In the meantime, you can learn more about the proposal at the official website. You can comment on the proposals online or by email to valuepricingpac@odot.state.or.us. Finally, a public meeting of the committee will take place on June 25, 9-noon at the ODOT Region 1 Offices. It will include an opportunity for public comment if you’d like to speak to the committee in person.

6) Safe Routes to School projects selected

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has selected 88 safety and improvement projects to be funded by the voter-approved local gas tax. You can view a map of all of the selected projects online. None was of the projects proposed for the Overlook neighborhood was chosen.

Across Portland, the top concern heard by PBOT staff was unsafe crossings. Parents and students noted that major street crossings were the biggest barrier in walking to school. Missing sidewalks and traffic speed were also major safety concerns. Students and families confirmed that they prefer to take the shortest path and not to walk more than one or two blocks out of their way to use a better route or crossing.

Construction on the 88 projects will begin this year and should be completed by 2021.

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