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"Struck" safety campaign returns to the airwaves on Monday
By Katie MacDougall, PBOT
(July 3, 2019) – As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) reminds the public to prioritize safety and minimize risk-taking behavior to prevent traffic deaths.
There are a variety of factors which contribute to deadly collisions on Portland streets. Most deadly crashes occur as a result of speeding, driving impaired, or other dangerous behaviors on wide, fast streets.
Speed: The chance of surviving a crash improves dramatically at lower speeds compared to higher speeds. At lower speeds, drivers can stop faster to avoid a collision. When collisions do occur at lower speeds, there is a lower risk of injury and death.
Driving under the influence: In Portland, 56 percent of traffic deaths involve impairment. In the United States, there were 10,874 deaths tied to alcohol-impaired driving, comprising roughly 30 percent of total traffic fatalities in 2017.
Distracted driving: The use of phones while driving takes eyes and attention off the road, which increases the likelihood of injuring others. Oregon has strict laws against using an electronic device while driving and strict enforcement along with it. In Oregon in 2018 alone, 13,086 drivers were cited for mobile phone use.
Seatbelt use: At least five people who died in Portland crashes this year were not wearing seatbelts. Nationwide, 47 percent of vehicle occupants killed in 2017 were not using seatbelts.
Each of these risk factors are easily eliminated by being aware and making the conscious decision to travel safe. Make plans ahead of time for how you are going to get home this holiday weekend, especially if you plan on drinking alcohol.
PBOT is also committed to building safety improvements that can reduce the instances of traffic crashes and reduce the severity of crashes when they do occur. View a map of safety improvements planned to be built in 2019. Read more about lessons learned during Portland's first two years as a Vision Zero city, or download our two-year report presented in June to City Council.
The importance of slowing down while driving is highlighted in the Struck public service announcement, which PBOT unveiled last year. The 30-second video puts the emphasis on how high-speed traffic collisions affect the lives of both the victim and the driver, whose lives are irreparably changed by a deadly crash. The video depicts a car crash without the car, illustrating the direct impact on the two people involved.
Almost 60 percent of Portlanders who saw the campaign say Struck changed their driving behavior.
The Struck public service announcement will return to television, Facebook and Instagram on Monday, July 8.
It will air on four television stations: KGW, KOIN, KPTV, and Univision. This is the first year that the Struck ad campaign will be running in Spanish on Univision TV. Struck will also appear on dozens of billboards, starting the week of July 22, concentrated in East Portland, where 28 of Portland’s 30 high crash intersections are located.
About Vision Zero
Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.
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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
(July 8, 2019) – Street improvements begin today on N Trenton Street from N Fiske Avenue to N Alaska Street. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will work on the street starting today through July 15 from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each business day - and possibly weekends - with periodic lane closures during that time.
The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 0.71 lane miles of pavement to create a new, smoother street for travel.
Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.
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.
This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.
Coming soon: A smoother, safer and more accessible street for all.
(July 10, 2019) – Paving for the first section of the SW Capitol Highway Paving Projectbegins on Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m. on SW Capitol Highway from SW 36th Avenue to SW 35th Avenue. The road will reopen on Monday, July 15 at 7 a.m.
This one-block section of SW Capitol Highway which runs one-way eastward through the heart of Multnomah Village has some of the oldest (100 years) and most deteriorated pavement along the corridor and will require a full street rebuild. As a result, the road will be closed to ALL traffic during the construction period to allow crews to remove approximately 18 inches of damaged pavement to the dirt base and rebuild the street from the bottom up.
Sidewalks will be open along the full length of the project area and business access will be maintained. During construction, motor vehicles and TriMet bus line 44 heading eastbound will be detoured to SW Multnomah Boulevard via SW 40th Avenue and reconnect to SW Capitol Highway at SW 35th Avenue. Westbound traffic will continue straight on SW Troy Street to SW 40th Avenue to reconnect with SW Capitol Highway.
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: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE
Multnomah Village is open for business during construction! Thanks for your patience while we make SW Capitol Highway a smoother, safer and more accessible street for all. Join PBOT to celebrate the project’s completion at Multnomah Days on Saturday, August 17.
The SW Capitol Highway Paving project is funded by Fixing Our Streets. Learn more about Fixing Our Streets at www.fixingourstreets.com
Learn more about the project at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/caphwypaving
This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.
The signal and other improvements will help move traffic more easily and safely
(July 10, 2019) Work has begun on a series of safety improvements at NE 122nd Avenue and Marine Drive, including a new traffic signal. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Parks & Recreation are partnering on the improvements, which will make the intersection safer and improve access to the nearby multiuse path.
Currently, the T-intersection at NE 122nd Avenue and Marine Drive has a stop sign with a flashing red light for traffic turning onto Marine Drive. Traffic on NE Marine Drive does not have to stop, often causing long backups during peak travel hours for people wanting to turn from 122nd. The new signal will help drivers on 122nd Avenue to turn onto Marine Drive. It will also include a protected left turn for people turning from westbound Marine Drive onto southbound 122nd Avenue. Additional features include a bike signal to help people on bikes cross Marine Drive from the southeast corner of the intersection, allowing them to connect to the westbound bike lane on Marine Drive. The traffic signal is located on a flood control levee for the Columbia River, so PBOT coordinated with Multnomah County Drainage District and obtained permits from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“This traffic signal is an important step towards a safer Marine Drive and achieving our Vision Zero goals,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “I am thankful to our Parks & Recreation bureau partners for supporting this important infrastructure investment.”
The project is part of a series on Marine Drive between NE 33rd and 185th avenues, one of Portland’s high-crash streets. PBOT will install new rapid-flashing beacons and streetlights at NE 138th and NE 185th avenues, upgrade an existing yellow-flashing beacon at NE 112th Avenue to a rapid-flashing beacon, and add buffered bike lanes from NE 112th to 122nd avenues.
PBOT will also be installing shoulder and centerline rumble strips from NE 33rd to 185th Avenues. On Marine Drive, 19% of crashes are lane-departure crashes where a person drives out of their travel lane. On average, centerline rumble strips reduce all crash types by 9% and head-on or sideswipe crashes (which are often serious) by 44%. On average, shoulder rumble strips reduce crashes by 36%.
From 2012 to 2016 on Marine Drive between NE 33rd and NE 185th avenues, there were 189 total crashes including 4 fatalities and 144 injuries. Since January 2017, six more fatalities have occurred along this segment. In May 2019, the speed limit on this stretch of road was reduced from 45 to 40 mph. There are fixed speed safety cameras located in two locations on the corridor – westbound near NE 138th Avenue and eastbound near NE 33rd Avenue.
“This critical safety investment has been a long time coming, we’re grateful to Portland Parks & Recreation for helping us obtain the funding for this new signal,” said Transportation Director Chris Warner. “The new intersection will be safer for everyone – whether they are walking, biking, or driving.”
With support from Portland Parks & Recreation, the project will also fill in gaps in the multiuse path adjacent to the road between NE 112th and NE 185th Avenues. The two-way multiuse path is part of the 40-Mile Loop.
“Thanks to our PBOT partners for working with Parks on improvements to the Marine Drive path,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “The new trail will be safer and easier to access for all users.”
Project funding comes from $1,077,000 through a Regional Flexible Funds Grant from the federal government obtained by Portland Parks & Recreation and administered through Metro. Other project funding includes $589,000 in Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) and $50,000 from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)’s Vision Zero. Portland Parks & Recreation obtained the grant and did preliminary design work with PBOT finishing out the project for the City.
“Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to have secured the grant for substantial work on the Marine Drive Trail project,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “Better safety and increased accessibility will help all trail users, and we look forward to the project’s completion.”
Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the cost of providing specific types of public infrastructure required as a result of this development. Park SDCs help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.
Construction will be ongoing through the summer with all elements scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. For more information, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/59283.
The project is another example of Fixing Our Streets funding in action
(July 11, 2019) On Monday, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will begin work on the NE 102nd Avenue Safety Project. Informed by extensive conversations with neighbors and community stakeholders, the project will add better pedestrian crossings, new bike lanes with more separation between people driving and people biking and make it easier for residents to get to transit stops. The project is funded by the Fixing Our Streets Program.
NE 102nd Avenue is a high crash street for people walking, meaning it is one of Portland’s most dangerous streets for pedestrians. Between 2012-2016 there were 258 total crashes, including nine pedestrian crashes, six bicycle crashes. Since 2014, there have been three fatalities on NE 102nd Avenue.
To make the street safer, especially for people walking, PBOT crews will install a center turn lane, a motor vehicle lane in each direction of travel, a parking lane on each side of the street, a buffered bike lane on each side of the street and modifications to the striping on the street. Construction will take approximately two weeks, between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m., with periodic lane closures during that time. During construction, please 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: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE
PBOT will monitor the results of these safety improvements and collect data on safety, vehicle speeds, vehicle and transit delay, and traffic on nearby streets. The bureau will also collect feedback from the community.
If the initial changes show positive results, PBOT will add more safety measures to the street. These could include converting temporary pedestrian refuge islands to permanent concrete installations, adding a new sidewalk at Fremont and 102nd and building new ADA accessible curb ramps along the street, among others.
To inform the planning and design process the project team held two open houses, in April 2018 and January 2019, to collect feedback and answer questions from the community, and present project designs. The project team collected additional feedback via an online survey and coordinated with numerous local organizations, including the City of Maywood Park, Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Association, Parkrose Neighborhood Association, Mount Hood Community College, Parkrose Business Association, and East Portland Chamber of Commerce. Resident support for the project has been largely positive.
The total project budget is $697,000, including $331,000 from Fixing our Streets, with additional funding from Transportation System Development Charges and the Cannabis Tax.
For more information, visit the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project website or contact the project manager:
Christopher Sun, 503-823-5391, Christopher.Sun@portlandoregon.gov