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East Glisan Street Update

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Project Survey:


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

Increase ease and safety of neighbors crossing the street & accessing transit

Improve comfort and safety for neighbors bicycling




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

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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

Picture of 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

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


Video showing collision between two vehicles submitted from local resident.  Intersection of NE 104th & Glisan.


East Portland Transportation and Safety Open House Invite

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