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The NE 102nd Ave Safety Project will be improving safety for all people walking, 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.
Tuesday, June 5 2018 6-8 PM Rosewood Initiative 16126 SE Stark St
Completed open houses:
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
For more in depth information about the project, please look through the Project Information
Some facts about NE 102nd Ave from Weidler to Sandy:
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.
Opportunities for Improvement- number of lanes:
Currently NE 102nd has five lane: 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 we see at NE 102nd where many of the crashes happen at the intersections with traffic signals.
-Currently the only crossings that PBOT considers to be safe when crossing five lane are traffic signals or High intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) signals. It would not be possible to install as many traffic signals or HAWK signals because of the way they affect traffic flow and because of cost.
An alternative is to change the number of lanes. Volumes on 102nd are low enough that removing a travel lane in each direction, making it a three-lane corridor, would cause very little delay. This option also allows for protected bike lanes to be added to the street.
With only three vehicle lanes, PBOT could add safe enhanced crossings with a pedestrian island and signage. Some of the specific advantages include:
-More intersections can be 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 will lower speeds.
-Bike facilities 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.
Next Step- remaining decisions:
There are still many decisions to make to ensure the roadway reorganization and pedestrian improvements are most effective.
Signalized intersections: One lane of roadway in each direction is plenty to handle current traffic patterns, even during the peak hour. However some of the signalized intersections cannot handle current volumes with a single lane in each direction. We are looking at a few options for the intersections at Fremont, Prescott, and Sandy, to mitigate back-ups and neighborhood cut through while still prioritizing safety.
Crossing locations: PBOT will be improving crossings but it has not yet decided where. We are currently collecting input to determine the intersections with the greatest need.
Lowering the speed limit: Slower speeds are safer. Roadway design has a significant impact on travel speed, but so does the posted speed limit. Lowering the speed limit to 30 MPH is one way of making walking along and crossing NE 102nd safer and more comfortable.
NE 102nd Ave Safety Project open house boards review the corridor challenges, project goals, proposed design concepts and project timeline