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Safer Outer Stark

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is planning to make safety improvements along the three-mile section of SE Stark Street between SE 108th Avenue and SE 162nd Avenue.This corridor has been identified as a High Crash Corridor for all modes – people in motor vehicles, people walking, and people bicycling. We need your help in prioritizing what type of improvements should move into the next phase of project design.

An online survey on the proposed improvements is now available! It will be open until December 31st.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the open house November 18th!


 

Safer Outer Stark Project Goals:

  • Reduce deadly and serious crashes for all people using all modes

  • Reduce excess motor vehicle speeds

  • Provide safe access and crossings for people walking/ riding bicycles, and accessing transit

  • Support future development of enhanced transit along the corridor

In addition to improving safety for all road users, portions of SE Stark Street will also be resurfaced using Build Portland funds.

 

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Other News: View the Public Involvement Summary and Corridor Crash Analysis

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Thanks to everyone who provided input about issues and needs along the corridor. View the summary of public involvement activities so far here or by clicking the image of the document above.

In addition, a comprehensive crash analysis was conducted to better understand the issues along the corridor contributing to the high number of serious and fatal injury crashes.  You can view the summary document by clicking here or the map image above. To view the full report, click here.

 

 

Existing Conditions and Need:

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SE Stark Street is currently a difficult and stressful environment to walk, bike, cross the street and get to the bus, and does not adequately serve the many people who travel it.

As a Vision Zero city, Portland has committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. SE Stark Street has been identified as a High Crash Corridor for all modes – people in motor vehicles, people walking, and people bicycling. Of all Portland streets, SE Stark Street has the sixth highest number of deadly and serious injury crashes for people in cars, the sixth highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people walking, and the ninth highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people bicycling. There are no bicycle facilities, sidewalks are narrow and/or in poor condition, there is inadequate lighting, and the corridor does not meet the City's new guidelines for how often a crosswalk is placed throughout the corridor. The road in this section is five-lanes with on-street parking and no bicycle facilities. The sidewalks are narrow and/or in poor condition, there is inadequate lighting, and the corridor does not meet the City's new guidelines for how often a crosswalk is placed throughout the corridor. This corridor is one of the 30 most dangerous streets in Portland.

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Planning Context

The primary purpose of the Safer Outer Stark project is to improve the safety of the corridor. Previous outreach efforts in the area have identified safety as one of the main community concerns. Other concerns and desires for the area include improved lighting, slowing vehicle speeds and improving access to transit, concerns over personal safety, the need for improved sidewalks, and fear that road improvements will lead to displacement.*

Funding for the planning, design, and construction of these improvements is coming from taxes resulting from House Bill 2017, development fees, cannabis taxes, and Build Portland funds. The Build Portland funds will pay to repave a portion of SE Stark Street, with the remaining funds dedicated to safer crossing and corridor safety.

*Previous recent planning efforts in the area include the 122nd Avenue Safety Project (ongoing), 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit Project (ongoing), Stark Human Centered Design Pilot (2018), Transportation System Plan Update (2018), Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan (2018), Growing Transit Communities Plan (2017), and Vision Zero Action Plan (2016)
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