June 12, 2014 | portlandtribune.com--Foster Road in Southeast Portland is going to be safer and slower, though it’ll take a couple of years.
Portland City Council voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve a new “road diet” for Foster, which will shrink the number of vehicle lanes to one in each direction, from Foster’s juncture with Powell Boulevard east to 89th Avenue. The $5.3 million project is aimed at reducing accidents on Foster and making it more of an inviting place to walk, bicycle and shop.
Two of the four vehicle lanes on Foster will be eliminated, replaced by a middle refuge and left-turning lane and bike lanes. Sidewalks will be widened in some places and lights and street trees will be added.
Neighborhoods on the western part of Foster lobbied for the project, hoping the gritty thoroughfare can become an inviting “Main Street.” Residents living in East Portland weren’t so keen on the idea, because it will slow their commutes to and from downtown. READ FULL ARTICLE