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PBOT announces three open houses for ‘High Crash Corridors’

Posted by on April 11th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

High Crash Corridors campaign launch-5

ODOT Region 1 Director Jason Tell at the
High Crash Corridor program launch
on SE Foster Rd. in November 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced three public open houses for their High Crash Corridor program. The first one, which will focus on SW Barbur Blvd, is set for this Wednesday, April 13th.

According to PBOT, the upcoming open houses will provide them with, “an opportunity to hear from community members about specific problem areas, discuss pedestrian, bicycle and transit deficiencies, and learn about existing transportation safety conditions.”

Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who has says many times that safety is his #1 transportation priority, launched the program with a press conference on SE Foster Road back in November. Foster and Barbur are two of four High Crash Corridors that PBOT and ODOT will focus on this year. The others are SE/NE 122nd Ave. and SE/NE 82nd Ave.

Once identified as having higher than acceptable traffic speeds and crash histories, the corridors are singled out for increased public awareness, an enhanced enforcement presence, and engineering solutions designed to make them safer for all users.

Below is a list of the three upcoming open houses:

  • SW Barbur Blvd. High Crash Corridor
    Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Optional overview presentation at 7 p.m.)
    Markham Elementary School cafeteria (10531 SW Capitol Hwy)
  • 122nd Ave. High Crash Corridor and Pedestrian Median Island
    Sunday, May 1, 1 to 3 p.m. (1 to 1:30 p.m. for information specific to the new pedestrian median island, 1:30 to 3 p.m. for information specific to the High Crash Corridor)
    Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave.)
  • SE Foster Road High Crash Corridor with Rep. Ben Cannon
    Wednesday, May 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Optional Overview Presentation at 7:00 PM)
    Lents Baptist Church (5921 Southeast 88th Ave)

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  • Jason April 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I have an idea! How about bike freeways, like they got in Europe. Shut-down certain routes to bike-only traffic, so nobody has to worry about getting hit.

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  • pdxbikeworm April 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Jonathan, its unclear to me whether these are high crash corridors in general, or high bicycle crash corridors, or both.

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  • mmann April 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    You mention 82nd in the article, but it’s not on the schedule. Any idea why? Will it be? That’s my neighborhood, and if you look at the analysis of 20 highest crash intersections in Portland, http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=129003094525914300 82nd is on that list more often (6) than Foster (1), Barbur (1), or 122nd (5). Not to say they aren’t important, but seems like 82nd should be at the top of the list. I realize “intersections” and “corridors” are 2 different things, but I hope we can do something with 82nd other than this: http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=31302

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  • Roger Averbeck April 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

    82nd Ave was at the top of the list – it has already been studied – the report is available online at:


    In 2011, PBOT is beginning the analysis of the next three out of ten high crash corridors identified. Study of the remaining six corridors will follow in future years…

    Now, onward to see what changes will actually be implemented as a result of these studies?

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