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Working closely with the community, the City of Portland is making outer SE Division Street (82nd to the city limit) safer for everyone who uses the street. This project is part of Portland’s Vision Zero strategy to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.
Since 2009, the City of Portland has been working with the community on outer Division Street to develop projects that improve safety, including sidewalks, safer crossings and bike lanes. Safety for people walking is a special focus because outer Division is one of Portland’s most deadly streets for walking.
Division is one of the most dangerous corridors in the city for all modes, ranking #2 for total bicycle crashes and #1 for pedestrian serious injuries and deaths (see the High Crash Network map for details)
18 people have been killed and 117 have been seriously injured on Division in the last decade
Last year alone, five people died in crashes (four walking and one person driving)
Since 2011, PBOT has invested $2.9 million and is currently working to install an additional $7 million in safety fixes proven to prevent deaths and serious injuries between 82nd and city limits
Focus on urgency means that most of PBOT’s safety projects will be completed in 2017 and 2018
The City of Portland has a responsibility to design streets that help keep people safe, even when people make poor decisions or mistakes.
This plan uses tools proven to prevent crashes and save lives:
Stop lights at crosswalks, 69 percent crash reduction
(2013), Toolbox of countermeasures and their potential effectiveness for pedestrian crashes, pedestrian hybrid beacons
Safer speed limit (35 to 30 mph), 35 percent reduced risk of death
(2011), Impact speed and a pedestrian’s risk of severe injury or death
Raised median, 47 percent crash reduction [more info >>]
Bureau of Transportation crash data (2017)
Speed safety cameras, 49 percent crash reduction
(2010), Do speed cameras reduce road traffic crashes, injuries and deaths?
Buffered bike lanes (protected from auto travel lane), 11 percent crash reduction
Oregon Department of Transportation, All Roads Transportation System Program
Image is for illustrative purposes only; the location and design of specific street safety elements may change. PBOT is paying for these changes in part through Fixing Our Streets, the gas tax increase that Portland voters approved in 2016. Other sources include federal funding and state gas taxes.
PBOT thanks the community for their leadership in identifying needed safety changes on outer Division Street. Special thanks to the Jade District, the Division Midway Alliance, the East Portland Land Use and Transportation Committee, and others who contributed to the East Portland Action Plan and East Portland In Motion, planning efforts that began in 2009.
Safety improvements may require removing parking on both sides of the street. Instead of parking cars on Division Street, people may need to park cars on side streets or private property.
People may need to use a different driveway when driving to or from a location directly on Division Street.
People driving may need to turn off or onto Division at different locations, because a center median will help people turn at the safest spots.
PBOT will work through these tradeoffs with the community through 2017.
The Outer Division Safety Action Plan includes all PBOT safety enhancements, most of which will be completed in 2017 and 2018.
In addition, a separate but complimentary project managed by TriMet will construct street safety improvements in 2019-21 to support a new rapid bus line. View more information about the Division Transit Project at trimet.org/division.
|Outer Division Street safety projects
(see map above for locations)
|Speed safety cameras||✓|
|Speed reader boards||✓|
|Speed limit reduction to 30 mph||✓|
|Signals coordinated for increased safety||✓|
|Sidewalk infill (all gaps filled)||✓|
|Additional lighting, particularly at crosswalks||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|More rapid flashing beacons with medians and signage||✓|
|Pedestrian hybrid beacons with medians and signage||✓||✓||✓|
|Protected bike lanes (temporary, with flexible posts)*||✓|
|Protected bike lanes (permanent, with hardscaping)*||✓|
|Safety education and outreach||✓|
|Raised center median for access management*||✓||✓|
|Shorter crossing distances at crosswalks||✓|
|Enhanced bus stations with shelters, accessible ramps, sidewalks, safer pedestrian crossings||✓|
|Transit signal priority for buses||✓|
|Bigger buses with multiple-door boarding||✓|
*Still in design phase, and can change based on public feedback
Contact us with questions and feedback:
Call: 503.823.5811 (David Backes, PBOT Capital Projects)
Sign up for project updates:
Open House #2 (November 9, 2017) Materials
Note: these are 15% draft plans and we are continuing to work with business and community members on conflict areas. Please contact David Backes if you have any questions or concerns: David.Backes@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-5811
Outer SE Division Street Near Term Safety Strategy (document submitted to City Council December 2016)
Outer Division Safety Action Plan print brochure:
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