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Safer Outer Stark

Safer Outer Stark LogoThe 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

  • 6th highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people walking

  • 9th highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people bicycling


 During the Spring and Summer of 2019, PBOT wants to hear from you how to improve the safety on SE Stark Street.

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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, SE Stark Street will also be resurfaced between SE 139th Ave. and SE 162nd Ave. 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 and opportunities 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. We are currently developing an online map that will allow participants to highlight specific safety issues along the corridor. Interviews are being scheduled with stakeholder groups along the corridor (let us know if you want to help organize one of these events!). City staff and project consultants will be canvassing the street and asking thoughts about issues and desires for the corridor. An open house is being scheduled for late Spring.

Once we learn more about specific issues and conduct an analysis of existing travel and safety conditions, recommendations for proposed improvements will be developed and shared for comment. Additional interviews, open houses, and public events will be held to receive comments. This feedback will be used to make revisions and refinements to the plan before the project moves into design.

 

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 SE Stark Street between SE 139th Avenue and SE 162nd Avenue, 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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