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W/E Burnside Street

East Burnside (14th-32nd) Transportation Safety Project update 


With letters of support from the Buckman, Kerns and Laurelhurst neighborhood associations and the Burnside East Business Association, the Portland High Crash Corridor program is moving forward with the East Burnside (14th-32nd) Transportation Safety Project. 


Click on the project brochure to learn about the project and upcoming construction timeline.

Project elements include:

  • Converting one westbound lane to a center two-way turn lane
  • Add pedestrian islands and marked crosswalks at 18th, 22nd, and 24th avenues (new crossings on west side of intersection only)
  • Reduce the posted speed from 35 to 30 MPH
  • Add 15-20 on-street parking spaces
  • Potential traffic calming on NE Couch St


Parallel projects (related upcoming safety projects):

  • Ankeny bikeway improvements
  • 20s Bikeway project: hybrid signal crossng of E Burnside at 30th Ave


Two-Phase Schedule

The project will be implemented in two phases, due to the expected change of weather in mid-October.  Lane striping needs to be done in relatively dry conditions and concrete work can be done most times of the year.

  • Phase I -- Early-October 2014:  Restriping the existing lanes from two westbound lanes to one westbound lane and an center turn lane is scheduled for early October.  The restriping will stretch from 15th Ave to Laurelhurst Pl (just west of Cesar Chavez Blvd)
  • Phase II -- March 2015:  This phase includes marked crossings, pedestrian islands on Burnside, bikeway treatments on Ankeny, and possible traffic calming on Couch.


Below are aerial images with the new lane configuration, as well as sketches of the intersections with the new roadway design (courtesy of Anthony Buczek). 


Click here to see aerial images of proposed lane restriping, on-street parking additions, and bus stop location changes.

Proposed pedestrian islands and marked crosswalks are not included in the aerials but sketched below.



E Burnside at 18th


E Burnside at 20th


E Burnside at 22nd


E Burnside at 24th


E Burnside at 28th



SEE THE FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED on location and type of crossing to include based on available funding


Project Background

OPEN HOUSE MATERIALS 9/30/13 -- Click here for posters, survey, and a summary of survey results.

PROJECT PRESENTATION 7/1/14 -- Click here to learn more about the project background and proposal.



Entire W/E Burnside St (SW Barnes Rd to E 67th Ave) High Crash Corridor 






E/W Burnside is one ofPortland’s ten high crash corridors.  The High Crash Corridor program addresses traffic safety on three corridors each year.  The process includes:

  • Analyzing crash data
  • Collecting feedback from people using the roadway
  • Developing a set of recommended roadway improvements
  • Partnering with the Portland Police to enforce traffic safety laws
  • Offering pedestrian and driver safety education programs to community groups.


Click here for open house materials including posters, survey, and a summary of survey results.


The E/W Burnside High Crash Corridor analysis kicked off with a pulic open house on February 27, 2013.  About 25 people attended the open house to review crash data, ask questions and provide feedback to PBOT. 

At the open house, Kerns and Buckman neighbors, and Burnside East Business Association representatives, asked High Crash Corridor staff to form an East Burnside Working Group to develop a safety plan specific to E Burnside,14th Ave to 32nd Ave.


For more information, to share your ideas, or to get involved, please contact or 503-823-4998.

East Burnside (14th-32nd) Safety Project -- 6/5/14 Presentation

Presentation of the project development, recommendation, and timeline.

East Burnside (14th-Laurelhurst Pl) Safety Project -- 9/18/14 Project Brochure

Construction begins early-October 2014. This brochure explains ths why, what, when and how long.

Aerial images of striping changes to E Burnside, 14th to Chavez

View aerial images that include proposed striping changes, on-street parking gains, and bus stop location changes. Images do not show new crosswalks and pedestrian islands planned at 18th, 22nd and 24th.

East Burnside (14th-32nd) Design Feedback Form RESULTS

See what crossing treatments and locations community members have prioritizied to date.

Burnside 2/27/13 Open House - Posters, Survey, Summary of Survey Results

The first E/W Burnside High Crash Corridor Open House was held on Feb 27, 2013. This document includes the posters presented at the open house, as well as the survey participants filled out and a summary of the survey results.

East Burnside (14th-32nd) Safety Project Goals & Meeting Summaries

Summary of East Burnside (14th-32nd) Safety Project to date, including three Working Group meetings and one public meeting.

East Burnside (14th-32nd) Safety Project -- 9/30/13 Public Meeting Materials

The first E Burnside St (14th - 32nd) Transportation Safety Public Meeting was held on Sept 30, 2013. This document includes the materials presented at the meeting and a summary of group discussion, feedback, and evaluation.

Burnside Existing Conditions Report

Report includes trends, roadway data and crash data for W/E Burnside (SW Barnes to E 67th Ave)