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East Glisan Street Update

NE Glisan cross section


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 NE Glisan.  


Community Involvement Process: March-June 2018

Design: May-July 2018

Implementation: Fall 2018-Summer 2019



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



Anatomy of an Unsafe Street

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