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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Raised Crosswalks

Description:
 
Raised cross walks are cross walks constructed 3-4 inches above the elevation of the street. They typically have a profile similar to Portland's 22 foot speed bump, or larger.
 
Purpose:
 
Raised cross walks are intended to reduce vehicle speeds specifically where pedestrians will be crossing a street.
 
Effectiveness:
 
Raised cross walks are very effective at reducing vehicle speeds.
 
Cost:
 
Raised cross walks cost approximately $2,000-5,000 each.
 
Parking Impacts:
 
None.
 
Transit Service Impacts:
 
Experience shows that raised cross walks should not impede transit service or scheduling.
 
Emergency Services Impacts:
 
Raised cross walks selected for a street must take into consideration whether it is use as an emergency response route. The Portland Fire Bureau reviews all raised cross walks that are proposed on their primary response routes.
 
Noise Impacts:
 
Raised cross walks may generate noise from vehicle decelerating and accelerating.
 
Other Considerations:
 
Consideration for visually impaired persons dictates not placing the raised crosswalk at the same elevation as the sidewalk. Though the cross walk is raise from the street surface, a pedestrian should also be able to tell when they are entering an area shared with automobiles.
 
Examples In Portland:
 
SE 55th at Belmont and at Hawthorne    Picture
NW Westover at Cornell Rd
SW 58th near Westgate.