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The report goes through measures defined in the Pilot Evaluation Guide to determines changes to safety and traffic conditions on NE 102nd Avenue and in nearby neighborhoods.
The data collected shows an overall improvement in safety measures. Vehicle speeds on NE 102nd Avenue are lower, and the street better meets guidelines for pedestrians and people biking. The data does not show significant changes to travel times for TriMet buses or other vehicles, nor does it show significant changes to volumes or speeds on nearby neighborhood streets. The survey responses included over a thousand comments and suggestions. The public input section offers responses and follow-ups for the most common comments.
The report also outlines next steps, including Phase 2 construction coming in summer 2020 and other efforts that PBOT is pursuing to make improvements on NE 102nd Avenue.
Check out the NE 102nd Evaluation Report Appendix to see the data used for the report.
If you have any other comments or questions, please contact the project manager.
The NE 102nd Ave Safety Project improves safety for pedestrians as well as people biking, taking transit, and driving on NE 102nd Ave between Weidler and Sandy.
This nearly two-mile corridor is on Portland’s High Crash Network, which means it is one of the top 30 streets for crashes in the city. This corridor is surrounded by homes, businesses, community centers, and schools, including Prescott Elementary School and Mt. Hood Community College.
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To learn more about the community engagement process and findings, please read the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project Community Engagement Summary
Thursday, April 12 2018 5-7 PM Mt Hood Community College 10100 NE Prescott St
Wednesday, May 16 2018 4:30-7:30 PM Midland Library 805 SE 122nd Ave
Tuesday, June 5 2018 6-8 PM Rosewood Initiative 16126 SE Stark St
Wednesday, January 9th 2019 5-7 PM Crossroads Church Community Room 2505 NE 102nd Ave
View the January Open House information boards (NOTE: updated design is not reflected in this file)
The project also maintained direct communication with the Parkrose neighborhood association board the City of Maywood Park council members. The team has also responded to many phone calls, emails, and letters from interested community members.
Some facts about NE 102nd Ave from Weidler to Sandy before the project:
Vision Zero is Portland’s goal to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. In order to do this, Vision Zero has identified the streets with the highest number of road fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes with bicycles and pedestrians. These streets make up the High Crash Network.
NE 102nd Ave from Burnside to Sandy is part of the pedestrian high crash network.
EPAP is a guide for improving livability in outer East Portland, developed in 2009. The EPAP committee is a community led effort to implement this plan.In 2012, PBOT and EPAP developed the East Portland In Motion (EPIM), which is an implementation strategy for active transportation projects and programs east of 82nd Ave. EPIM identified 102nd as high priority for walking, transit, and biking improvements.
In 2016, Portland voters passed the city’s first local funding source dedicated to street improvements and safety projects across the city. The measure, in addition to a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, will generate an estimated $74 million over four years.
Using the information we have about NE 102nd Ave, the Vision Zero designation a pedestrian high crash street, and input through EPAP and EPIM, NE 102nd Ave from Weidler to Sandy was selected to receive funding from Fixing Our Streets to do pedestrian and crossing improvements.
NE 102nd Avenue had five lanes: two vehicle lanes in each direction plus a turning lane, and space for parking on both sides of the street.
This configuration is difficult for crossings because:
-People crossing the street have to cross a long distance at once. Even crossings at traffic signals can be difficult, which is evident on NE 102nd where many of the crashes happen at the intersections with traffic signals.
-The only crossings that PBOT considers to be safe when crossing five lane are traffic signals or pedestrian hybrid beacons. It was not possible to install as many traffic signals or pedestrians hybrid beacons because of the way they affect traffic flow and because of cost.
An alternative is to change the number of lanes.
Volumes on NE 102nd Avenue are low enough that adjusting to one vehicle lane each direction, making it a three-lane corridor, was projected to cause very little delay. This option also allows for buffered bike lanes to be added to the street.
With only three vehicle lanes, PBOT was able to add safe enhanced crossings with a pedestrian island and signage. Some of the specific advantages include:
-More intersections were treated because of a lower impact on traffic flow and lower cost.
-Safer crossings at some signalized intersections where there are fewer lanes to cross.
-A traffic calming effect lowers speeds.
-Bike lanes are added to the corridor.
Weighing these two options, PBOT determined that the most effective way to improve safety and eliminate pedestrian crashes and traffic related deaths and injuries, is to adopt the three lane solution.
For the majority of the 1.75 mile corridor, the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project offers a configuration with three vehicle lanes, buffered bikes lanes, and on-street parking. Customized modifications were made at key areas to address a variety of issues and opportunities, including at NE Weidler Street, NE Tillamook Street, the overpass over I-84 and the railroad, NE Fremont Street, NE Prescott Street, and NE Sandy Boulevard.
Click here to see the NE 102nd Avenue corridor designs with annotations explaining different changes.
Click here to see the full corridor design.
Note: Some minor changes have been made to the design, including moving the NE Sacramento Street crossing about 100 feet south to NE Thompson Street, and maintaining two vehicles lanes south bound on the bridge for a longer stretch.
The project team has heard many concerns that the project will lead to increased congestion and diversion onto neighborhood streets. Modelling and engineering studies suggested that was unlikely to happen except in extraordinary circumstances. To address the concerns, PBOT installed this project as a pilot in summer 2019. The pilot allowed people who live in the neighborhood to see how the new facilities function and respond to what works well and what doesn’t. It also gave PBOT an opportunity to collect data on project impacts.
Phase 1 of the pilot included changing the road striping and installing flexible plastic posts for the segments of two-way protected bike lanes and to mark the pedestrian refuge islands.
PBOT collected data on on NE 102nd Avenue and on neighborhood streets and conducted a month long survey in October 2019. The data collected shows an overall improvement in safety measures. Vehicle speeds on NE 102nd Avenue are lower, and the street better meets guidelines for pedestrians and people biking. The data does not show significant changes to travel times for TriMet buses or other vehicles, nor does it show significant changes to volumes or speeds on nearby neighborhood streets. The survey responses included over a thousand comments and suggestions.
The NE 102nd Avenue Evaluation Report Appendix includes the data used for the evaluation report.
Now that the evaluation is complete, PBOT is preparing to complete the project with Phase 2.
Phase 2, coming in summer 2020, will add two new crossings and will build out concrete elements like the the permanent pedestrian islands, curb extensions, and curb ramps.
PBOT is also pursuing funding for other efforts such as adding lighting along the street and adding a protected left turn at NE Prescott Street.
To learn more about the pilot evaluation strategy, please read through the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project Pilot Evaluation Guide.
Construction Date: Phase 1 - Summer 2019; Phase 2 - Summer 2020
Current Project Phase: Construction/ Evaluation
Total Project Budget: $331,000 from Fixing our Streets as well as additional funding from related projects including sidewalk infill on NE 102nd Ave from I-84 to Sandy and the Bell and Tillamook Greenway, and the Cannabis Tax.
Last updated: 28 January 2020
Report with the evaluation results for the NE 102nd Avenue Safety Project
Appendix for the evaluation report including the data used for the evaluation
Community engagement summary for the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project
two pages summarizing the project and current progress