1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
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:
WEST & EAST BURNSIDE OPEN HOUSE (FEBRUARY 27, 2013)
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.
EAST BURNSIDE (14TH-32ND) SAFETY PROJECT
Safety Improvements Coming to East Burnside
By Doug Lovelace, member of the East Burnside Safety Project Working Group
Residents and business owners in Kerns and Buckman are working with Portland Bureau of Transportation’s High Crash Corridor team to improve traffic safety on East Burnside between 14th and 32nd. This part of East Burnside has been identified by PBOT as a High Crash Corridor, a segment that has more crashes than other similar roadways in the city. Members of the community and the Burnside East Business Association (BEBA) have long expressed a strong desire for PBOT to address the safety issues along this section and in early 2013 a formal working group was formed.
The working group met with PBOT personnel on three occasions to develop goals and discuss different measures that might improve the overall experience and safety of all users of East Burnside. Following these discussions, PBOT staff tested various models to determine if new configurations would support current and projected traffic volumes. In September, a public meeting was held to present the working group’s findings and solicit input from the community. These meetings found significant interest in the business and residential community for a roadway configuration that would re-align East Burnside as one lane westbound (inbound), two lanes east/outbound (as is) with one center two-way turn lane. There’s also significant support for pedestrian improvements and an overall posted speed reduction to 30 MPH.
This realignment is expected to reduce crashes by 20%, provide space for left turning vehicles to pull out of the travel lane, provide space at intersections for right turn lanes, provide space for pedestrian islands and provide overall improvement for all users.
Unfortunately, PBOT’s modeling data does not conclusively determine that a single westbound lane would support traffic volume without increased queuing, travel times or traffic diversion to adjacent streets.
In order to determine if this reconfiguration is feasible, PBOT will test the single westbound lane model this spring by constructing temporary barriers restricting access to one westbound lane at the signalized intersections of 28th (20th was also originally proposed but is now not likely). PBOT will collect data before and during the test to assess impacts on travel times, delay at the signal, queuing at the signal and vehicles diverting onto other roadways. The duration of the test period will be a couple of weeks. If the test indicates adequate capacity, re-striping of East Burnside could begin in early autumn.
For more information, to share your ideas, or to get involved, please contact Clay.Veka@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4998.
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.
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.
Summary of East Burnside (14th-32nd) Safety Project to date, including three Working Group meetings and one public meeting.
Report includes trends, roadway data and crash data for W/E Burnside (SW Barnes to E 67th Ave)