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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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SE Powell Boulevard

Inner SE Powell Blvd (SE 6th to 92nd) is one of the

Portland Bureau of Transportation's ten High Crash Corridors.


The HCC program is addressing safety needs on SE Powell Blvd in 2013 and 2014.






Our High Crash Corridor team, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), has been examining existing conditions on SE Powell Blvd, speaking with community members about problem areas, hearing about their traffic safety concerns, reviewing community surveys, working with Police on targeted enforcement efforts, conducting outreach and education, and developing possible ideas for safety enhancements. 


The High Crash Corridor program employs engineering, enforcement and education solutions to address crash problems in a relatively short period of time.



In August 2013, PBOT partnered with ODOT to perform two Road Safety Audits on SE Powell Blvd; one SE Cesar Chavez to 42/43rd, the other SE 24th to 33rd.  Engineering teams from both PBOT and ODOT are reviewing the audit findings and will be developing a set of engineering recommendations based on those findings. SE Powell Blvd is an ODOT facility.



Our High Crash Corridor efforts also include increased enforcement and education/outreach efforts.  Portland Police have conducted several missions on SE Powell Blvd in the target area that have resulted in increasing awareness and compliance of Oregon traffic laws.  In addition, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police have collaborated and conducted crosswalk enforcement actions on SE Powell Blvd at the following locations:

  • June 29, 2011 at SE 31st Ave that resulted in citations for 32 violations and 8 warnings
  • February 9, 2012 at SE 54th Ave that resulted in citations for 40 violations and 5 warnings
  • March 19, 2013 at SE 28th Place that resulted in citations for 14 violations and 8 warnings
  • January 23, 2014 at SE 31st Ave that resulted in citations for 21 violations and 8 warnings



Our education efforts help to raise awareness of rights and responsibilities under Oregon law and strategies for making each of us safer when traveling on or across SE Powell Blvd.  Our education and outreach efforts have included the following: 

  • June 26, 2013 – Conducting an “Every Corner Is A Crosswalk” pedestrian and driver safety training about Oregon crosswalk laws at the SE Powell Blvd High Crash Corridor Open House
  • May 21, 2013 – Conducting a “Portland Walks – Be Safe!” pedestrian and driver safety training at Sacred Heart Villa
  • July 23, 2013 – Encouraging residents of Sacred Heart Villa to participate in a Senior Walking Challenge
  • August 1, 2013 – Hosted a transportation safety table at Brooklyn Park for a movies-in-the-park event
  • Posting transportation safety PSAs in the Cleveland High School newspaper with the following messages: “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” DUII prevention message, “I brake for people” pedestrian safety message, and “Hang up and drive” distracted driver prevention safety message


Please contact Clay Veka at or (503) 823-4998 if you would like to learn more about the High Crash Corridor Program or contact Sharon White at or (503) 823-7100 if you would like to discuss additional outreach and education efforts along SE Powell Blvd.

Related Plans:


Powell HCC Open House (6.26.13) Materials and Feedback

On June 26, 2013, the High Crash Corridor program held an open house to share data and collect feedback on inner-SE Powell Blvd

Powell Blvd High Crash Corridor -- Fill out this SURVEY!

If you want to provide feedback on inner-Powell Blvd, print off and fill out this survey. Tell us about the education, engineering, and enforcement strategies you would like to see to enhance transportation safety.

Inner-Powell Blvd Existing Conditions Report

Report includes trends, roadway data and crash data for inner-Powell Boulevard (SE 6th Ave to SE 92nd Ave)