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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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West Burnside Safety Improvements

map of w burnside projectsOn November 9th, 2016 PBOT held a Public Open House on W Burnside Safety Projects at SCRAP


Originally named B Street, Burnside has played an important role in Portland’s transportation network since 1912, when it was established as the city’s east-west axis.

A designated High Crash Corridor, PBOT evaluated existing conditions on E/W Burnside in 2012/2013 finding in an alarming rate of crashes involving pedestrians. The incidence of pedestrian crashes on Burnside is about three times higher than citywide; 76% of these pedestrian crashes are west of the Burnside Bridge.

As a component of PBOT’s Vision Zero effort, the Bureau is in the process of improving safety on West Burnside Street with an array of safety projects, including:

  1. W Burnside Sidewalk Infill from NW 24th Place to NW Uptown Terrace
    This project will install new sidewalk and an accompanying retaining wall on the north side of W Burnside from NW 24th to Uptown Terrace. ADA ramps at W Burnside and 24th will also be improved. Construction is planned for the summer of 2017.

  2. W Burnside and 20th Place Crossing Improvement
    This project will install a new traffic signal at the existing marked crosswalk at 20th Place, improving pedestrian safety. The project will close the 25ft section of 20th Place between Burnside and Morrison, creating a larger plaza and combined TriMet stop. Construction is anticipated in 2018.

  3. W Burnside Multimodal Project at 18th/19th Avenue
    This project will implement the Preferred Alternative Design developed in the West Burnside Multimodal Study, improving pedestrian and bicycle access across W Burnside at 18th & 19th, as well as access to TriMet. New crosswalks, bike lanes, and vehicle turn lanes will be installed on NW 18th & 19th. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018. Please note that a NW Examiner article unfortunately included a design that we have discarded that requiring eastbound drivers headed for SW Alder to loop around the Fireman’s Memorial. See the correct current design here.

  4. I-405 Crossing Improvements on W Burnside and NW Couch
    Pedestrian crossings improvements across I-405 on W Burnside and NW Couch are funded via the Downtown I-405 Pedestrian Safety and Operational Improvements project. The projects involve new marked crossings, curb extensions, and traffic signal upgrades. Construction is anticipated 2018/2019.

For more information, contact:

Gabe Graff, Project Manager
phone: 503-823-5291


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See also East Burnside Street safety improvements.