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East Glisan Street Update

Glisan pic

 Please click HERE to view our story map.


Please click HERE for our evaluation guide.

See bottom of webpage for pictures of crashes sent in by residents.

Renderings of East Glisan Street Update (released 5/24/19)

Click here to view the December 2019 project update


This street design factors in feedback from community members who voiced feedback about how merging can lead to road rage and frustration.  Thus, we are moving forward with a zipper merge street design as opposed to prioritizing one lane (i.e. "right lane ends, merge left" or "left lane ends, merge right").  With the zipper merge, drivers yield to each other and take turns merging into one lane.  In the other areas where this street design has been used it has been shown to reduce road rage and crashes.

Improvements will consist primarily of restriping sections in between the signals to achieve the project goals (described below). There will be a 3-lane cross section for most of NE Glisan except for the major intersections where PBOT will maintain the existing number of approaching travel lanes. There will be no changes to the number of motor vehicle lanes on NE Glisan west of NE 106th to maintain space for the I-205 approach.  This updated street design provides the space needed to install new rapid flashing beacons and pedestrian islands while still maintaining the center turn lane for left turns, which we heard as an important concern from neighbors along the corridor.

The total capacity (the number of people getting through the intersection) at the intersections is expected to increase with the installation of new bike lanes along the corridor.  PBOT also expects that the motor vehicle capacity of the intersections and driving times along the corridor will not be significantly affected during hours outside of peak travel time.  During the PM peak, our modeling predicts eastbound driving times on the Glisan corridor between NE 102nd-162nd will change from 7.0 min to 8.4 min.  For westbound, the predicted change in corridor driving times is from 6.5 minutes to 7.0 minutes in the PM peak.  


Here are other things we heard from the community involvement phase of this project that took place summer 2018

What we heard

What we are doing

Ability to use center turn lane for left turns identified as an important feature by residents

Design treatments maintain center turn lane

Difficulty crossing the street with fast moving traffic

Pedestrian crossings either feature yellow rapid flashing beacons or red “STOP” signal indication for drivers (also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon).  Crosswalk locations have been prioritized in front of schools.

Merging into one lane creates frustration and road rage

Our street design doesn’t prioritize a specific lane for merging (ex. “right lane ends”).  Instead, drivers will take turns merging in what is known as a zipper merge.  This has been shown to reduce road rage and improve safety in places where it has been used.

Concerns that driving times will be impacted beyond what PBOT expects

PBOT has released a “East Glisan Street Update Evaluation Guide” to provide transparent information for how we intend to measure success on the corridor.

Concerns about cut-through traffic on local streets

PBOT will be collecting data and monitoring traffic on side streets.  PBOT also has several traffic calming projects forthcoming in surrounding neighborhoods.


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Project Background:

The aim of the East Glisan Street Update project is to achieve goals articulated by the community and city council relating to improving street safety, providing multimodal options, and improving access to opportunity (access to jobs, parks, libraries, transit, etc.).

This project covers Outer Glisan from I-205 to NE 162nd.  This project includes a number of elements including updating the street design and how space is allocated on NE Glisan (street reconfiguration), new marked crosswalks, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps in select locations, and wider sidewalks in some locations.

This project stems from two larger efforts: Vision Zero & Gateway to Opportunity.  

Vision Zero is the understanding that all traffic related deaths and serious injuries are preventable and that city government can take proven, data-driven steps to mitigate the likelihood and severity of crashes.  Through unanimous city council action in 2016, the City of Portland adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on Portland streets.  For more information about the PBOT’s Vision Zero efforts, please visit our website.

Making Glisan safer is also part of our effort to improve multimodal options and ensure streets act as ladders of opportunity through a project known as “Gateway to Opportunity”.  This three-year project, which began in 2017, is geared toward implementing an integrated bicycle network, creating safer crossings to transit, capitalizing on new park investments, and improving access to jobs in Gateway.  More information and a map of our Gateway to Opportunity project area can be found on our website.

Traffic crash statistics on east Glisan from I-205 to 162nd indicate that on average one person dies every other year.  Further, between 2006-2015, forty-six people suffered serious injuries while travelling on this section of NE Glisan (I-205-162nd).  Of the 46 serious injuries, 41 have been people in cars, 2 have been people biking, and 3 have been people walking.  Of the 5 fatalities in the past decade, 3 people were in cars and 2 were people walking.

In order to address the parts of Glisan with the highest need, PBOT is proposing a 3-lane cross section between 105th-119th, 125th-145th, and 150th-160th.  PBOT is not proposing to change the existing number of lanes within 3 blocks of the 102nd and 122nd intersection.  Thus, there would continue to be a left turn lane and two through lanes on the intersection approaches.  Finally, facilities for residents bicycling would be provided between 102nd and 162nd.


Project Goals:

  • Reduce top end speeding (speeding more than 9 mph over speed limit)

  • Reduce crash severity in support of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries

  • Increase ease and safety of neighbors crossing the street and getting to their bus stop

  • Improve comfort and safety for neighbors bicycling

  • Make the separation of walking, biking and driving clearer for all users



Project Description & Frequently Asked Questions 



Community Involvement Process: March-Sept 2018

Design: May 2018-Jan 2019

Implementation: Spring 2019-Fall 2020

 East Glisan Safety Improvements Map


For questions about this project, please feel free to contact Timur Ender at



Anatomy of an Unsafe Street

Vision Zero logo


Pictures of crashes and property damage along NE Glisan submitted by neighbors & property owners living along the street:


Picture of a 2017 crash on NE Glisan submitted by a property owner along the street

Pictured above is a 2017 crash on NE Glisan submitted by a property owner along the street

Picture of a 2015 crash on NE Glisan submitted by a property owner along the street

Pictured above is a 2015 crash submitted by property owner along the street.  Bus stop pole and City streetlight were destroyed as a result of this crash.


Below are pictures of a single driver crash that occurred at 6:50 pm on 4/25/19 at NE 103rd and IRCO.  The crash caused power to go out at 3,600 households plus, a rapid flashing beacon on NE 102nd and the traffic signal at NE 102nd and Glisan.  Hundreds are drivers were detoured into local streets as all of Glisan was completely closed for hours between 102nd and 104th.

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The pictures below are from 5:15 pm on 4/26/19.  This incident at NE 104th & Glisan required police, fire, and medical response.  The City of Portland's police and fire services are funded from the city's general fund - the most flexible source of funding the city has.  The frequency to which police and fire respond to crashes directly impacts the amount of other municipal services the city is able to provide to residents.

Glisan crash

Glisan crash

Glisan crash

Pictured below, on May 6, 2019 - One of PBOT's rapid flashing beacons was knocked down by a someone's negligent operation of a vehicle.  When safety devices are inoperable, the risk to neighbors walking increases.  Also, it costs thousands of dollars of PBOT's maintenance funding to repair these safety devices.  This internal funding could otherwise be used for safety improvements throughout the city in line with PBOT's policy goals.  Location: NE Glisan & 141st.

Glisan crash  


This pictures below are from a crash on 5/21/19 at 6:55am that required police and medical response.  The injuries sustained in the incident required at least one person to be transported to the hospital.


Glisan crash


Glisan crash

Glisan crash


The pictures below are from a crash that occurred at 4:30p on 5/22/19 at NE 104th & Glisan.  According to a witness, a driver travelling a fast speed in the center lane collided the silvercar shown in the picture which was turning eastbound onto Glisan from 104th/IRCO entrance.  The silver car spun 180 degrees and collided with the tow truck.

Glisan crash

Glisan crash


The following crash occurred at 3:15 P.M. on 6/13/19 at 105th & NE Glisan.  The crash required response from police, fire, and EMS.

Glisan crash

Glisan crash


Pictured below: PBOT maintenance crews repair a rapid flashing beacon that was hit by a driver during the week of Sept. 9, 2019.  This is the same site where a Hazelwood resident was killed crossing Glisan a few years ago.

Picture taken 9/13/2019

 Glisan crash

East Portland Transportation and Safety Open House Invite

Come share your input about projects in your neighborhood: May 16 or June 5