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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: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

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 www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/eastglisan.

Learn more about Portland’s Vision Zero mission at www.visionzeroportland.com

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 trimet.org/alerts.

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 portlandoregon.gov/transportation/columbia/lombard

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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: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

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 andrew.aebi@portlandoregon.gov.

PBOT Traffic Advisory: Intersection of SW Main St & SW First Ave to close this weekend for street improvements

SW Main St progress 10-12-17

As of Thursday Oct. 12, crews have made progress on rebuilding SW Main Street between SW First Ave and SW Second Ave. A complete rebuild of the pavement and realignment of the bike lane are in progress, thanks to the voter-approved Fixing Our Streets Program. (Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.)

(Oct. 12, 2017) Southwest Main Street, a key entrance into downtown Portland for people biking, walking and driving, is getting a facelift that will require the closure of the intersection of SW Main St and SW First Ave this weekend.

The intersection will be closed from 7 p.m. on Friday Oct. 13 to midnight Sunday night. 

Fixing Our Streets logo

Westbound traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge will be directed to make a left turn, going south in the slip lane at SW First Ave. 

The public is advised to use alternate routes and expect delays in the area this weekend. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all signage and directions by reader boards and flaggers.

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

Intermittent daytime lane closures resume after 9 a.m. on Monday Oct. 16, through Oct. 27 on SW Main St, between SW First Ave and SW Second Ave.

The project will greatly improve a section of failing roadway that serves as a main entrance to downtown Portland from the Hawthorne Bridge. The pavement is cracked, buckling and sagging. The roadway is being completely rebuilt.

People riding bicycles westbound on the bridge, one of the busiest bike routes in North America, find it difficult to navigate the road surface. A new bikeway design will provide a bike box to increase visibility of people on bicycles at SW Main St and SW First Ave.

Funding for the reconstruction and bicycle safety improvements comes from the Fixing Our Streets program, which results from the voter approved Measure 26-173. In May 2016, Portland voters approved the measure, which provides a 10-cent tax on motor vehicle fuels and Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to street repair and traffic safety projects.

The Multnomah County Courthouse, Multnomah County Morrison Bridge Closure, and PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets Program have been coordinating through the Get Portland Moving effort to limit the effects of construction projects in the right-of-way on the general public.

Before image of SW Main St at First Ave

This image from early September shows the intersection of SW Main St and SW First Ave, where pavement has been buckling and failing. A Fixing Our Streets project started to rebuild SW Main St on Sept. 18. The intersection will be closed this weekend for repaving. (Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.)

 Get Portland Moving logo

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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 

News Blog: Youth-designed bike lane art hits the streets of Portland

Four winning designs, chosen from almost 200 entries, installed in bike lanes around the city.

Brooklyn Kavanagh

Brooklyn Kavanagh, winner of the 3rd-5th grade category, sees his bike lane art design on the street for the first time. Photos by Kelsey Kavanagh. 

(October 5, 2017) Portland’s bike lanes just got a little more colorful, thanks the hard work of PBOT’s striping crews who prepared and installed the winning designs from the Bikes to Books coloring contest in bike lanes around the city.

This past May, PBOT and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, invited students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade to design bike lane art for Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. For years Portlanders have enjoyed the smile-inducing bike lane art designed by PBOT’s striping crews. The designs are created by crew members and can be found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city.

Singing Bicycle in Progress

Bike lane art in progress. Each design is hand cut from scraps of thermoplastic from other projects that would otherwise go in the trash. Photo by Kirstin Byer, Portland Bureau of Transportation

 

In June, staff from PBOT's Active Transportation, Maintenance and Communications teams reviewed the approximately 200 entries received and named the firstsecond and third place winners of each age division as well as honorable mentions from each group. The final step was for PBOT’s striping crews to prepare and install the designs on Portland streets. Final design locations were chosen based on their proximity to the winning artist’s local Multnomah County Library branch.

Chloe Unflat

Wilson High School sophomore Chloe Unflat smiles next to her winning bike lane art design on SW Sunset at Dewitt, adjacent to the Hillsdale Library. Photo provided by Chloe Unflat.

We asked contest winner Chloe Unflat, a sophomore at Wilson High School, Hillsdale Library volunteer and first place winner in the high school category, about her experience participating in the Bike to Books contest:

Why did you enter the contest?

I entered the contest because I volunteer at the Multnomah County Library each summer for the summer reading program and heard about the contest through there! I thought it would be a fun thing to do, and took an afternoon working on the design. 

What was the inspiration for your design?

I chose to use the Portland flag in my design because whenever I think about biking, the Portland culture is at the heart of it. Many if my friends bike to school and work, and I love to go on bike rides with my family to explore our city. The Portland flag summed that all up for me.

Do you bike?

I love to bike, even though I don't do it too often. During the summer, I love going on rides over the bridges and sometimes to Sunday Parkways with our family friends. It's super fun and I wish I had more opportunities to get out and ride.

What does Portland’s bike lane art mean to you?

I really had no idea that Portland bike lane art was something to think about until this contest. But after looking a previous designs that others have done, and the winners of this year, I think that it's a great way to get people to be aware of our love of biking and enjoy something special in their ride.

All the designs are now installed and ready to be discovered on your next ride to the library! Enjoy!

 

“Ride Portland” by Chloe Unflat, Hillsdale Library
Design location: SW Sunset and Dewitt

Ride Portland


“Winning” by Vinhson Nguyen, Woodstock Library
Design location: SE 52nd (northbound) at Woodstock

Winning


“Cyclist in Space” by Brooklyn Kavanagh, Belmont Library
Design location: SE Taylor (westbound) at Cesar Chavez

Cyclist in Space


“Singing Bicycle”by Vivian Jacobsen, Midland Library
Design location: SE 122nd (southbound) and Morrison

Singing Bicycle


About the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

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

About Multnomah County Library:

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house nearly 900 computer stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. 

Learn more at www.multcolib.org

About Metro:

Metro works with communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metropolitan area to chart a wise course for the future while protecting the things we love about this place. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov