If you ride the Line 75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard, you may have noticed a new place to relax and rest your legs while waiting for the bus.
Roughly 600 benches are being replaced as part of a program funded entirely by Lamar Advertising.
The new benches are more durable and easier to maintain, and they’re now bolted down to the sidewalk or concrete pad.
About 10 percent of the new benches will be “leaners,” similar to the leaning rails found at MAX stations. They provide an alternative to standing in locations where benches will not safely fit.
The shallower leaner allows for installation in areas where sidewalks are not wide enough to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and accommodate a traditional bench.
A local woman-owned business, Decorative Metal Services, Inc., out of Vancouver, is building the benches and leaners.
We’re currently installing benches in North Portland along the 4 and 44 bus lines. Line 77 will be next. Installation will continue through December 2014 around the metro area.
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