The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recently held two High Crash Corridor open houses to solicit public comment on the Burnside St. and Sandy Blvd. corridors. About 20 interested citizens attended each event. The project area for the Burnside St. corridor runs from SW Barnes Rd. to NE 67th Ave; the Sandy Corridor is between NE 12th Avenue and NE Killingsworth St.
Attendees at the February 27 open house expressed interest in pedestrian safety improvements on the Burnside corridor to reduce vehicle speeds (both enforcing the existing speed limit and reducing the posted speed limit) and enhance pedestrian crossings.
Participants also suggested other solutions to improving the pedestrian experience on inner W. Burnside St., such as using bollards, trees or other physical barriers to provide a buffer for pedestrians from auto traffic. Finally, there was strong interest in forming a community group to give feedback on near- and long-term corridor safety improvements.
The March 6th open house included attendees from throughout the Sandy Blvd. corridor. Participants expressed interest in a broad range of issues, including traffic flow, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and improved conditions for people riding bikes. A desire to educate drivers about Oregon Crosswalk Laws was also highlighted. Next steps will include developing a community group for the East/West Burnside St. corridor, performing a data analysis, and developing a guide for near- and long-term safety improvements along both corridors.
PBOT’s High Crash Corridor program aims to reduce severe crash rates by 50% by educating drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, enforcing traffic laws, and implementing safety improvements on the roadways. For more information, contact Clay Veka, (503) 823-4998.