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PBOT is currently evaluating the project: collecting traffic data and public input.
Construction of Phase One of the project is mostly complete.This included the new roadway configuration with a turn lane, a vehicle lane in each direction, a buffered bike lane in each direction, and parking on both sides of the street. Phase One also included four new crossings with a marked crosswalk and a temporary pedestrian island and speed bumps and cushions on NE Sacramento Street, NE 105th Avenue, and NE Tillamook Street.
PBOT crews will finish Phase One over the next few weeks including adding a crossing at NE Thompson Street (originally planned at NE Sacramento Street). The timeline for this construction is dependent on dry weather.
PBOT has submitted and application to ODOT to lower the speed limit to 30 MPH
In winter and spring of 2020, PBOT will release a final design based on the project evaluation. If the new roadway configuration is maintained, the design will be implemented in Phase Two, including a crossing at NE Beech Street, converting the crossing islands to permanent concrete islands, adding curb extensions and upgrading curb ramps, adding several upgrades to the NE Fremont Street intersection, and adding any other project enhancements that are included in the permanent design.
PBOT is collecting public input through the NE 102nd Avenue online survey and will attend a number of public meetings in November (see below for details). If you have any other comments or questions, please contact the project manager.
The NE 102nd Ave Safety Project improves 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.
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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. Current modelling and engineering studies suggest that is unlikely to happen except in extraordinary circumstances. To address the concerns, PBOT installed this project as a pilot in summer 2019. The pilot allows people who live in the neighborhood to see how the new facilities function and respond to what works well and what doesn’t. It will also give PBOT an opportunity to collect data on project impacts.
Phase One of the pilot only includes 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 is now evaluating safety and operations on NE 102nd Avenue and neighborhood streets and looking at how effective the project is at meeting project goals. Using the data gathered during the pilot and the evaluation and public in feedback, PBOT will determine the final design for NE 102nd Ave and implement mitigation on neighborhood streets if necessary. If the recommendation includes maintaining the new roadway configuration, the final implementation will also include converting elements such as the pedestrian refuge islands to concrete and adding transit curb extensions at NE Fremont 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: 1 October 2019
Community engagement summary for the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project
two pages summarizing the project and current progress
The design for the pilot with annotations
The boards presented at the second open house with updated design