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Traffic Advisory: Safety improvements at intersection of Highway 30, NW Vaughn Street and NW 23rd Avenue begin today

23rd Street and Vaughn Street intersection

The current intersection at NW 23rd Avenue and Vaughn Street looking east. Courtesy of Google Streetview

(July 12, 2019) – Construction begins today at the intersection of NW 23rd Avenue and Vaughn Street and U.S. Highway 30 as part of the NW 20th Avenue Local Improvement District which will reconnect the Slabtown neighborhood and Northwest Portland by extending NW 20th Avenue and NW Thurman Street.  

This project will adjust the location of the pedestrian refuge island on the north side of the intersection and will create a new pedestrian refuge island at the south side. In addition, the new design opens the eastern crosswalk to pedestrians and adds a pedestrian signal to the crosswalk between the NE corner and the pedestrian island on that corner. All corners and curb ramps will be upgraded to current ADA accessibility standards.

The new intersection geometry is designed to accommodate a WB-67 design vehicle (a 53’ semi truck and trailer). The existing design does not fully accommodate those large vehicles. Other intersection changes include creating a turn lane for northbound traffic from NW 23rd Avenue heading onto the U.S. 30 ramp toward I-405 and reconfiguring the two eastbound travel lanes on NW Vaughn St to one thru lane and one right turn only lane. All of these changes will improve safety as well as help traffic flow much better through the intersection and improve transit operations for TriMet buses - frequent service line 15 as well as lines 24 and 77 travel through this intersection.

Overhead view of 23rd Ave. and Vaughn St

Construction starts today, Friday, July 12, and will be completed by August 13. During construction, at least one thru lane in each direction will be kept open for use. During morning and evening rush hour, before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m., all lanes at the intersection will be open.  

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video:

The project paves the way for build out of the Con-way Master Plan, unlocking more than $500 million in mixed-use housing development for an area comprised mostly of surface parking lots adjacent to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic Church in the Portland area.

Property owners XPO, Esco and Cairn Pacific own a half-dozen city blocks surrounding NW Thurman and 19th Avenue. They are paying a combined $7.6 million for the street improvements, which give the properties more development potential. They worked with PBOT to form a Local Improvement District to organize the funding needed for the improvements.

PBOT is contributing $1 million in system development charges, which are fees paid by developers to help offset the impact of population growth on the transportation system. The Bureau of Environmental Services is investing about $1 million for sewer construction, which will be coordinated with road construction so the roads don't have to be torn up twice.

Corpac Construction won the contract to build the road improvements. The project has 82 percent participation of MWESB contracting, more than double the city's goal for contracting with minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses.

PBOT's Local Improvement District program works with property owners of all sizes, all across Portland, to build new roads, streetcar lines, drainage improvements and other transportation infrastructure that improve quality of life, the economy and transportation access.

Questions? Please contact the Local Improvement District Administrator and Project Manager, Andrew Aebi, at 503.823.5648 or

Traffic Advisory: PBOT closes NE 42nd Avenue bridge July 17 to 24 for repairs

Map of NE 42nd Avenue Bridge

The NE 42nd Avenue Bridge will be closed for repairs June 17-24. Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Katie MacDougall, PBOT

(July 15, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that work on the NE 42nd Avenue Bridge over NE Lombard Street will keep the bridge closed to all traffic for one week, starting Wednesday. NE Lombard Street and NE Portland Highway (Route 30 Bypass) will not be affected. The closure is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on July 17 and go through 3 p.m. on July 24.

Local access will be maintained between the bridge and the intersection of NE 42nd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard, to the north, but through traffic over the bridge will not be allowed.

A biennial bridge inspection revealed a need for maintenance on the 42nd Avenue Bridge. Two of the four grout pads were worn out and the bridge had sunk 2 inches. The maintenance repairs will raise the bridge to its original height above Lombard Street and replace the grout pads. This is a short-term repair to maintain the bridge’s service condition.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service, check

NE 42nd Avenue Bridge Aerial View

Safer crossings like this example at NE 102nd Avenue and Knott Street will be installed as part of the Phase I improvements.

PBOT crews are posting a detour route for people driving vehicles.

Detour for northbound 42nd Avenue travelers:

Traffic will be detoured east at 42nd Avenue onto NE Lombard Street (Route 30 Bypass) to northbound on 60th Avenue to westbound on NE Columbia Blvd to reach NE 47th Avenue.

Detour for southbound 47nd Avenue travelers:

Traffic will be detoured east on NE Columbia Blvd to southbound on NE 60th Avenue to westbound on NE Portland Highway to reach NE Lombard St and NE 42nd Avenue.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

With two large freight corridors and freight rail lines, the area has limited street connectivity. People walking and biking in the area are advised to plan ahead for an alternative route, and consider NE 33rd Avenue as a potential route for bicycle access.

The work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

NE 42nd Avenue Bridge Detour Map


Bridge replacement planned for 2021

PBOT has funding to replace the bridge, with a project anticipated to start construction in 2021. The 42nd Avenue Bridge and Corridor Project will add a bike lane and multi-use path to improve connections between the Holman neighborhood greenway and the upcoming protected bikeway on NE 47th Avenue. This $17 million project will provide better access for freight that uses NE Lombard and NE Portland Highway (Route 30 Bypass), improving traffic. Learn more about the 42nd Avenue Bridge and Corridor Project at the project website.


Columbia/ Lombard study looks at the future of safety, mobility in the area


The 42nd Avenue Bridge is a part of the Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor. Columbia and Lombard have been identified as High Crash Network streets by PBOT’s Vision Zero program, with high rates of fatal and injury crashes, as well as major gaps in bicycling and walking routes. 

The Columbia/ Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan is a plan to address safety, mobility, and access for freight, active transportation, and public transit both along the corridor (east/west) and across it (north/south). The project area runs from I-5 to I-205 with a buffer area to include parallel routes. The project began in January 2019 and is expected to go to City Council in summer 2020.

Learn more and sign up for email updates, including upcoming street design options, at the project website


The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.


News Release: Safety improvements coming to Portland’s fourth most dangerous street

The East Glisan Street Update project begins Monday

Before and after renderings (looking west) of the new intersection being installed at NE 128th and Glisan Street.

Before and after renderings (looking west) of the new intersection being installed at NE 128th and Glisan Street. These improvements will make it easier for Menlo Park Elementary School families to get to school and easier for pedestrians and people biking to cross from the new 130s Neighborhood Greenway.

(July 17, 2019) Work begins next week on NE Glisan Street between 122nd and 148th avenues to increase safety for pedestrians, people biking, and people driving along this High Crash Network street. This is the first of three segments of improvements planned for NE Glisan Street, with additional work between NE 148th and 162nd avenues scheduled this August. Additional safety improvements between NE 102nd and 122nd avenues are scheduled for installation next year. 

NE Glisan Street is the fourth most dangerous street in Portland for people traveling in motor vehicles and the ninth most dangerous street for pedestrians. In the last decade, five people have died on NE Glisan Street between I-205 and NE 162nd Avenue: Three people in cars and two pedestrians. From 2006 to 2015, 46 people suffered serious injuries while travelling on this same stretch of road. Of these serious injuries, 41 were sustained by people in cars, two were people biking, and three were pedestrians.

A single-driver crash that occurred at 6:50 p.m. on April 25, 2019 at NE 103rd Avenue and Glisan Street

A single-driver crash that occurred at 6:50 p.m. on April 25, 2019 at NE 103rd Avenue and Glisan Street. The crash caused power to go out at over 3,600 households. Hundreds of drivers were detoured onto local streets while NE Glisan Street was closed for hours between 102nd and 104th avenues. (Photo courtesy of a Glisan Street neighbor.)

Highway-style streets like NE Glisan Street divide neighborhoods and make it nerve-wracking for kids to walk or bike to school, or families to walk to parks or the store. Long stretches of road between signals mean people drive too fast, making it unsafe, and sometimes deadly, to cross the street.

Rendering of NE Glisan Street at 125th Avenue, looking west.

Rendering of NE Glisan Street at 125th Avenue, looking west. There will be no changes to the number of lanes within three blocks of major intersections in order to keep a left turn lane and two through lanes adjacent to these major intersections.

To address the most dangerous parts of NE Glisan Street, the street will be updated into three lanes from NE 106th to 119th, from 125th to 145th, and from 150th to 160th avenues. A signalized bicycle and pedestrian crossing will be installed at NE 128th Avenue as part of the 130s Neighborhood Greenway, a new north-south route for biking and walking. The number of lanes will remain the same within three blocks of major intersections to keep a left-turn lane and two through lanes open in each direction. Between NE 102nd and 122nd avenues, Glisan Street will also feature a buffered bike lane (eastbound) and a parking-protected bike lane (westbound). Parking-protected bike lanes will be installed in both directions from NE 122nd Avenue to the eastern city limit at NE 162nd Avenue.

PBOT crews will be begin work on NE Glisan Street between NE 122nd and 148th avenues starting July 22 and continuing through late August. Our crews work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All vehicle travel lanes will stay open at major intersections along NE Glisan Street from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Pedestrian and bicycle access will stay open at all hours, along with access to side streets. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video:

The aim of the East Glisan Street Update is to achieve the goals articulated by the community and Portland City Council to improve safety, provide more transportation options, and improve access to jobs, parks, libraries, transit, and more. Some of the safety goals outlined in the project include: reducing top-end speeding (more than 10 mph over the speed limit); reducing the severity of crashes in support of Portland’s Vision Zero mission to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries; making it easier and safer for neighbors to cross the street and connect to public transit; and making it clearer where pedestrians, people biking, and people driving are supposed to be so the road is safer for everyone. To see more details of the project, including photographs and renderings, see this interactive story map and project evaluation guide.

A crash at 6:55 a.m. on May 21, 2019 that required police and medical response.

A crash at 6:55 a.m. on May 21, 2019 that required police and medical response. One person was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. (Photo courtesy of a Glisan Street neighbor.)

For too long, East Portlanders have borne the brunt of the city’s traffic violence. East Portlanders are at greater risk to be injured or killed in a traffic crash and disproportionately represented in the city’s crash data. A pedestrian in East Portland is 2.3 times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle than a pedestrian in more central Portland neighborhoods. This is due to East Portland’s wide streets that have historically prioritized the speed of motor vehicles above everything else, including safety. PBOT’s Vision Zero mission has put motor vehicle speed within the context of larger community goals related to traffic safety, more transportation options, and better access to opportunity.

PBOT would like to acknowledge and thank the community partners who championed these safety improvements to NE Glisan Street. East Portland neighbors involved in the East Portland Action Plan and East Portland In Motion have for years highlighted the need and urgency for safer access to public transit, and biking and walking routes.

The total estimated cost for improvements to NE Glisan Street east of NE 122nd Avenue is $400,000.  Funding for this portion of the project comes from federal highway funds administered through Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation. PBOT applied for these grant funds after East Portland residents prioritized and articulated their goals so clearly through East Portland In Motion. Additional funding comes from PBOT's transportation system development charges and Portland’s cannabis tax.  

Vision Zero Portland logo

For more information about the East Glisan Street Update, visit

Learn more about Portland’s Vision Zero mission at