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The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced today that work to rebuild and repair the roadway, corners and sewer lines at NW 23rd Avenue was completed ahead of schedule. Local business and property owners were pleased with the timing of the news before what look to be a sunny weekend of shopping on the popular street in Northwest Portland.

“We really appreciate all the hard work to get the street project done ahead of schedule and in time for one of our busiest retail seasons,” said Kay Wolfe, vice president of the Nob Hill Business Association.

Blush Beauty Bar owner Deborah Haynes agreed. “My customers are thrilled to have the potholes gone and be back shopping on NW 23rd Ave,” she said.

The NW 23rd Avenue Reconstruction Project included digging out the street and old trolley tracks, reconstructing the roadway and repaving the surface by contractor Westech Construction, Inc. In addition to street reconstruction, crews rebuilt 30 corners with curb ramps to ADA standards and installed three new curb extensions to make pedestrian and bicycle crossings safer.

“My mother is disabled and it’s now easier for her to come in to see me and visit the street to shop,” Haynes said.

The Bureau of Environmental Services replaced 80-year-old sewer pipes in NW Glisan, Hoyt, Johnson and Kearney streets and NW 23rd Avenue. The contractor finished installing the new sewers in early April.

“I look back on this project and am proud of the work that both the city and contractor did on NW 23rd,” said Jean Senechal Biggs, project manager for PBOT. “We were fortunate to have better than expected weather and a local business community that worked closely with us to the end.”

The project extended from W Burnside to NW Lovejoy, cost $1.9 million and lasted from January 4 to May 14 – two weeks shorter than scheduled.

Roadway reconstruction and repair will result in a more than 20- year lifespan for the new pavement and save taxpayer money in the long-term through decreased maintenance costs.

For more information, please contact Dan Anderson at (503) 823-3723 or at


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