In short, because too many people are dying on NE Glisan Street. As a Vision Zero city, Portland has committed to eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries. Streets like Glisan have outdated designs that prioritize motor vehicle speed over safety and the result is that Glisan is the fourth most dangerous street for people in motor vehicles.
On average, one person dies travelling on NE Glisan every other year. Between 2006-2015, 2 people were killed while walking and 3 people were killed while driving on Outer Glisan.
It is the fourth most dangerous street for people driving, with 41 out of 46 total serious injuries on the corridor occurring to people in motor vehicles. Two of the people who suffered serious injuries were bicycling and three were walking.
To see a map of serious injuries and fatalities on Portland streets, view our Vision Zero crash map at map.visionzeroportland.com
Yes, it is possible that motor vehicle travel times will be affected. We expect the impact to be limited only to peak travel times and generally not more than a minute than what it takes today. We are also exploring opportunities to optimize traffic signals along NE Glisan.
We expect traveling by foot and bicycle will become more comfortable. Neighbors can also expect to be able to cross the street faster than they otherwise would because there will be fewer lanes to cross and more marked crossing opportunities.
The on-street parking supply should not change significantly from what is available today, but the location of the parking may shift. Currently, the corridor has low on street parking utilization.
The city of Portland does not have authority to change speed limits, even on streets that it owns. Given that the street design on East Glisan will be updated, PBOT will consider submitting a speed limit reduction request to the Oregon Department of Transportation after the project is complete.
Like most projects initiated by PBOT, funding comes from a variety of sources. Funding for this project comes from a grant from the Federal Highway Administration. PBOT applied for this grant partly because East Portland residents prioritized and articulated their goals through East Portland Action Plan (EPAP).
Additional funding comes from general transportation revenue, transportation system development charges, and the marijuana tax.
Yes, these projects are coordinated. The Outer Halsey Safety Project will install sidewalks and enhanced pedestrian crossings in strategic locations. For questions related to the Outer Halsey Streetscape Project, please contact Lisa Patterson at email@example.com.