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Safety Action Plan for Outer SE Division Street

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Why Division?

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.

Outer Division needs help

  • 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)

PBOT must act now

  • 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

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How can we make Division safer?

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
    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.

Making outer Division Street safe means making tradeoffs:

  • 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.

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When will the work happen?

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
City projects
(see map above for locations)

TriMet
  2017 completion 2018 2019-21 2021
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

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Get Involved

 

Contact us with questions and feedback:

Call: 503.823.5811

Emaildivisionstreet@portlandoregon.gov

Sign up for project updates:


Talk with PBOT staff at upcoming community events:

  • Jade Night Market - August 19 and 26, 5-10pm - PCC Southeast (2305 SE 82nd Ave)
  • Office Hours for Businesses on Division
    • September 7, 7-9am - Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (8114 SE Division St)
    • September 8, 11-1pm - Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (8114 SE Division St)
    • September 12, 1-3pm - Division-Midway Alliance (11721 SE Division St)
    • September 14, 11-1pm - Division-Midway Alliance (11721 SE Division St)
    • September 15, 8-10am - Division-Midway Alliance (11721 SE Division St)
  • September 25, 6:30-7pm - Mill Park Neighborhood Association (11560 SE Market St)

Do you have a neighborhood meeting or event that you'd like us to attend? Please call or email us using the info above to discuss.

Fill out our online survey:

Businesses on Division between 82nd and 174th, fill out our online business-focused survey to help us better understand parking and delivery needs.

Not a business? We want to hear from you too! Please use contact methods listed above. 

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Project Library

Outer Division Safety Action Plan print brochure:

Non-signalized intersection crash diagrams - 82nd to 87th

Traffic safety outreach and education on outer SE Division Street

Details about street light additions

Raised center medians: An effective street safety tool

June 29 Open House Materials

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