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Safer Outer Stark

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is planning to make 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. Of all Portland streets, SE Stark St has the 6th highest number of deadly and serious injury crashes for people in cars and for people walking and the 9th highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people bicycling. In addition, SE Stark Street and SE 122nd Ave has been identified as the least safe intersection in the city. 


 

Current News: Public Involvement Summary and Corridor Crash Analysis Now Available!

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Thanks to everyone who provided input about issues and needs along the corridor. You can view the summary of our Spring public involvement activities here or by clicking the image of the document above.

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

These findings will help develop proposed improvements that will be shared with the public later in the fall.

 

Overarching Plan 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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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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Project Timeline

  • Spring 2019 – Identification of Needs, Existing Conditions and Safety Analysis
  • Summer 2019 – Development of Safety Countermeasures and Concepts
  • Fall 2019 – Public Engagement on Possible Concepts/Projects
  • 2020 – Design
  • 2021 – Construction

 

Public Involvement Plan

There are many ways to be involved with the Safer Outer Stark project. The best way to be informed of these opportunities is to sign up for email updates. Between April and June 2019, the public was invited to share about issues and needs. We will share the findings from this round of public engagement soon. The identified issues and needs, along with an analysis of existing travel and safety conditions, are being used to develop recommendations for proposed improvements. In the fall, these recommended improvements will be shared with the public for input. The comments received will be used to make revisions and refinements before the project moves into design in early 2020.

 

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.* In addition to these concerns, the Safer Outer Stark project will be asking residents for feedback on specific safety issues and desires, and analyzing existing conditions, prior to proposing recommendations.

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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