ODOT invests tens of millions of dollars annually in safety improvements but under the current system, it can take years for some projects to be completed. We are evaluating programs for making safety improvements across the state following recent pedestrian injuries and fatalities, including on 82nd Avenue in Portland.
ODOT is spending $10 million statewide in 2021-2022 to make immediate pedestrian safety improvements at priority locations on ODOT-owned roads, including three highways in the Portland area. This one-time funding program will allow the agency to quickly address emerging pedestrian safety trends.
Demand for these improvements outstrips supply so to determine where to spend the money, we used information from a statewide inventory of pedestrian and bicycle facilities along state highways. The inventory, completed in February, identified gaps and shortcomings in the system and ranked the bicycle and pedestrian needs of the system based on these criteria:
- Safety factors like crash history and crash risk.
- Connectivity factors like traffic stress levels and gaps in existing facilities.
- Demand factors like nearby essential destinations, access to transit and popular bike routes.
- Equity factors like proximity to disadvantaged communities where people may be more likely to walk, bike, roll and take transit to get around or communities that have higher rates of environmental health issues.
- Support from local city or county transportation plans.
- Presence of an existing facility that we could quickly improve with a low-cost intervention.
Portland area immediate improvements
In the greater Portland area, we are making improvements this year to 82nd Avenue in Portland, U.S. 30 Bypass (which includes Lombard Street, Killingsworth Street, and Sandy Boulevard) in Portland, and TV Highway (OR 8) from Hillsboro to Forest Grove. Improvements will vary by highway and the work is already happening now, so see below for more details about what kind of work you will see on each highway in the Portland area in 2021.
Over $3 million in improvements on 82nd Avenue include a speed zone reduction from 35 MPH to 30 MPH, speed feedback signs and other signs, sidewalk curb ramps, crosswalk upgrades, a traffic signal improvement, bus stop relocations, lighting and two enhanced crossings with flashing beacons at NE Alberta Street, NE Pacific Street and SE Mitchell Street. Click the map below to see what we're doing where as well as other recent and upcoming improvements on 82nd Avenue.
U.S. 30 Bypass (including Lombard Street, Killingsworth Street and Sandy Boulevard)
Over $1.9 million in improvements on U.S. 30BY this year include speed feedback signs, pedestrian wayfinding signs, a bike crossing signal, a new marked crosswalk, lighting, bus stop consolidation, speed evaluations, and evaluations for potential signal improvements. Click the map below to see what we're doing where as well as other recent and upcoming improvements on U.S. 30 Bypass.
OR 8 (TV Highway)
The over $1.7 million in improvements on OR 8 this year include a permanent speed zone reduction, speed feedback signs, other signs, buffered bike lanes, bus stop modifications, lighting, tree and vegetation trimming, traffic signal upgrades, speed evaluations and evaluations of other potential traffic signal improvements.
This initiative will provide immediate improvements to roads with trends of pedestrian-related incidents and make these locations safer now for all users of our transportation system. Click the map below to see what we're doing where as well as other recent and upcoming improvements on OR 8.
OR 213, U.S. 30 Bypass and OR 8
Cost and Funding
ODOT is investing $10 million in these immediate improvements statewide in 2021.
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