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Venture to remove two driving lanes on SE 162nd Ave will break floor this summer time

The way forward for 162nd Ave.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation introduced this week that the Southeast 162nd Ave Security and Entry to Transit Venture will start building this summer time.

In an effort to cross the road to succeed in this bus cease on 162nd and Grant, you’d both should dodge rushing automobiles or stroll right down to Division …the place you may get on at one other cease.

The brand new design will depart individuals with three lanes to drive on as an alternative of 5. The reconfiguration offers PBOT room to vastly enhance the protection of crossing the road to entry transit stops and to create 14-foot extensive bike lanes.

In contrast to related tasks in east Portland, 162nd shouldn’t be but on PBOT’s ‘Excessive Crash Community,’ a set of streets and intersections the place there are essentially the most visitors deaths. As we shared again in 2019, the thought right here is to sort out the issues proactively, as an alternative of letting a harmful state of affairs spiral uncontrolled.

The necessity to repair these points of 162nd was recognized after TriMet added a brand new bus line serving the road (line 74) in 2018. TriMet put in bus stops at a number of factors alongside the road the place there aren’t crosswalks, making it unsafe and a problem for individuals to get to their cease. PBOT says greater than 6,000 drivers exceed the 35 miles per hour pace restrict on this part of 162nd each day, a good portion of whom are going greater than 45 mph. Mixed with a scarcity of adequate crossings – there are solely 4 on your complete 1.7 mile stretch – these excessive speeds are particularly harmful.

When this mission is full, there can be seven new crosswalks with concrete median islands to shorten crossing distances positioned on the Alder, Mill, Lincoln-Grant, Taggart, Tibbets, Haig and Rhone intersections.

The mission may even enhance road lighting and repair some sidewalks. The stretch of 162nd between Division and Powell can be repaved (the total mission scope is from Powell to Stark).

Kem Marks, who was then the Director of Transportation Fairness on the Rosewood Initiative, informed BikePortland in 2019 he was glad PBOT was taking a proactive stance on this mission.

“The aim of this mission is to ensure it doesn’t turn into [a high crash corridor],” Marks mentioned on the time, including that as east Portland grows in inhabitants, the possibilities for visitors accidents or fatalities enhance, too.

This mission is funded with $4,300,000 from the Fixing Our Streets program and $1,700,000 from TriMet by way of the transportation invoice handed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017.