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North Williams Safety Project

*Drawing will be held on Oct. 15, 2014


The N Williams Traffic Safety Project:

Ready for Construction - September 2014


(August 2014) - Safety improvements are coming this fall to N. Williams Avenue  - a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.  The project was developed in 2012 after a 16 month public involvement process to identify how to make N. Williams Avenue a safer place for all travelers and to address longstanding community concerns over pedestrian safety in particular.

Safety improvements will benefit all travelers, and changes will affect the look of the street and traffic flow for all travelers. 

View the changes coming on this map.  Or view the brochure.  Or see highlights below:

 Improved pedestrian crossings:

* 5 crossings will be upgraded with curb extensions and painted crosswalk markings.  The crosswalks are at N Tillamook, Page, Stanton, Failing and Going streets.

* A new traffic signal will be installed at N. Cook Street

Traffic calming:

* Speeds are being reduced from 30 to 25 mph and 20 mph in the main commercial section between Fremont and Skidmore.

* Two lanes of motor vehicle travel will be changed into one lane of motor vehicle travel and one left-side bicycle lane on most of the corridor, with the exception of the section between Fremont and Skidmore where travelers will share the road.  

This change will accommodate growing bicycle travel, eliminate conflicts with transit, and improve safety for pedestrians, who no longer will be faced with the "double threat" of crossing two lanes of traffic.

Enhanced transit and bike travel:

* Transit and bicycle traffic will both flow more smoothly as the bicycle lane moves from the right side of the street to the left, eliminating conflict with buses which make frequent right-side stops

* The bicycle lane also will be widened from five feet to 12 feet to accommodate the only roadway in Portland that has reached capacity for bicycle users.  N Williams is Portland's busiest bicycle corridor with 4,000 cyclists at peak hour

Driving - what's new, what remains the same:

• Improving the environment for transit, biking and walking gives people choices and increases the capacity of the street to handle more travelers in this rapidly developing urban neighborhood.

* Turn lanes will be maintained for drivers, to miniimize congestion from turning vehicles.  Drivers will need to look out for bicycles on the left as they turn.

* The new traffic signal at N. Cook will make that crossing safer and more predictable for drivers and all travelers.

Public Art:

A public art installation being developed by the community is being funded and will honor the rich history of the neighborhood as a center for Portland's African-American community

For More Information

For more information on the North Williams project, or to be added to the email list to receive updates contact Rich Newlands at or by phone at 503-823-7780.

N Rodney/ Ivy Diagonal diverter test

NE Rodney Traffic Calming

N Williams brochure - See what changes are coming Fall 2014

two page brochure highlighting the new street design for N Williams

Engaging the Community: public involvement in planning the N. Williams Safety Project

A 16 month public involvement process delved into the history of the neighborhood to shape improvements

NE Rodney Bikeway Project Open House Presentation

April 9, '14 Open House presentation

Design Engineering Plans

Link to 30% design engineering plans