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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Project Background

 

Photo: View of 162nd Avenue with bike lane, street parking and Line 74 bus stop

 

Why are safety improvements needed on SE 162nd?

  • In March 2018, TriMet added new north-south bus route on 162nd Avenue, Line 74, between Powell Boulevard and Airport Way. The new transit service highlights the need for improved pedestrian crossings.

  • The average distance between marked crossings in the project area is about 2,900 feet. That’s the length of over 150 parked cars.

  • 162nd Ave. lacks features that make accessing transit stops safe and comfortable, such as places to cross the street for people of all ages and abilities, street lighting, and complete sidewalks.

  • We know that between 2007 and 2016 on 162nd Ave between Alder St and Powell Blvd, 11 people were injured while walking, 5 people were injured while biking, 8 people were seriously injured while in a vehicle, and 1 person died in a vehicle.

  • Safe speeds lower the risk of crashes, and when crashes occur, safe speeds make it less likely that people are killed or seriously injured. The speed limit is 35 MPH on SE 162nd, but the design of the street can encourage people to drive much faster.