1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
PBOT is proposing changes to SE Morrison between Grand and 11th.
In the inner eastside, SE Morrison and SE Belmont Street function as a couplet (a pair of one-way streets). Between Grand and 11th, however, Morrison has one opposing eastbound travel lane. PBOT is proposing to remove this one eastbound lane and restripe SE Morrison as a one-way, west-bound only consistently from SE 25th to the river. The proposed configuration would maintain existing parking on both sides of the street and allow for a protected bike lane to be installed. The project would have the benefit of separating automobile and bicycle traffic, ease pedestrian crossings, and would improve freight access to the Morrison Bridge off of 7th Avenue.
The current configuration in this section of SE Morrison is unusual and PBOT engineers are concerned about traffic safety. State records document over three hundred crashes in a ten-year period between Grand and 11th. Forty-four of these crashes were directly related to the eastbound lane, seventeen of them caused injuries, and four of them involved cyclists.
In addition to these safety concerns, this section of Morrison is difficult for pedestrians to cross as they must watch for vehicles in both directions. There is currently no bike lane, so people biking to the bridge can be found in any of the westbound travel lanes, making the road less predictable for everyone. Finally, the one east bound travel lane gets very little use. Over 96% of the eastbound traffic uses SE Belmont instead. Recent private construction projects on SE Morrison have resulted in permits closing several blocks of this eastbound lane. PBOT has noted little impact from this closure.
PBOT is currently analyzing public feedback collected on this proposal.
If you have questions about the proposal, feel free to contact Project Manager Gabe Graff directly at 503-823-5291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
View an overhead diagram of the proposed new configuration of SE Morrison and SE Belmont
PBOT mailed this letter out to 1,200 residents, businesses, and property owners near SE Morrison to request their feedback on the proposal