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Open house tonight for ‘Outer Powell Safety Project’ (3/9)

Posted by on March 9th, 2015 at 12:48 pm

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Detail from ODOT infographic. Download original PDF here.

If you live, work or ride on SE Powell Blvd from 99th to the Portland city limits, an open house tonight is a great chance to help make it better. The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting the event, which will give attendees a closer look at the Outer Powell Safety Project

Here’s more about the event from ODOT:

The open house will give the public an opportunity to learn and comment about plans to improve safety on four miles of Southeast Powell Boulevard from 99th Avenue east to the Portland city limits.

Improvements being studied include sidewalks, bike lanes, center turn lanes, medians, pedestrian crossings, access management, storm water treatment and bus stops. Large maps showing the project alignment will be available for discussion at the open house. The public in invited to attend and provide feedback.

To underscore just how badly safety improvements are needed on outer Powell, according to ODOT statistics, in 2012 the intersection of SE 122nd and Powell had the highest number and severity of crashes on any highway in the entire state.

ODOT says this current planning process will wrap up next year.

Tonight’s open house is from 5:30 to 7:30 at Ron Russell Middle School gym (3955 SE 112th Ave). You can also leave comments online at OuterPowellSafety.org.

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One obvious fix: decrease the speed limit from 35 to 30, particularly from the freeway to 122nd.

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Start writing tickets for bike lane incisions by motor vehicle operators. It is the de facto mode, happens all day long. Problem is, the bike lane is also the only civilized way for moms, kids, babies, geriatrics, disabled, etc to get to the dagnab bus stop on foot. So many vulnerable user at risk of death by distracted drivers in a hurry to get around the car in front. It’s not like they are actually going to get anywhere fast on Powell….

paikiala
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This is ODOT we’re talking about. Unless people show up in droves to demand change favorable to non-auto and non-truck traffic, expect to see the same old minimalist bike infrastructure.

suicida dida
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suicida dida

Who rides this stretch anyhow? suicide.
Cant even cross with bike with airhorns as pedestrian. Even at crosswalks.
This road should not be used by bikes. If you want to live.
30 mph limit should slow them to 45 for now

q`Tzal
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Funny that someone thinks “tailgating” isn’t a “speeding” issue.
“Too fast for conditions” as a citation doesn’t just refer to weather, time of day and surface conditions; it also refers to the conditions of the traffic within which a driver is driving.

In other words: if you are “following too closely” you had to have been traveling “too fast for conditions” to get there. If you were honestly not trying to speed and intimidate the road user in front of you you would have slowed down and followed at a safe distance.

It is almost as if separating tailgating from speeding is a way to “it’s not your fault, that other car must have come out of nowhere”.
Why does this sound familiar…..

9watts
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Good to hear a spade called a spade.

…waiting for wsbob to tell us that pedestrians and people riding bikes need to take more responsibility.

9watts
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ODOT 3/15: “the intersection of SE 122nd and Powell had the highest number and severity of crashes on any highway in the entire state.”

ODOT 11/13: According to Hamilton, ODOT feels the responsibility for safety on Barbur is ultimately up to the user. “You can make smart choices about driving on that road… We have signs that help advise you about what’s safe in an area.”
http://bikeportland.org/2013/11/27/after-another-fatality-on-barbur-blvd-odot-tweet-hits-a-nerve-97815

SW
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there is NO safe crossing between 122nd & 136th … idiotic
and then there IS one at 141st ..never seen it used.

SW
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suicida dida
Powell is too dangerous to ride at this time. My point. Use division. Until this is fixed. My bike can do 45mph. And still they tailgate and speed, and pass cutting off. Etc.
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not to me & I ride the areas a lot.
Division is a dangerous mess from 82 to Gresham.

I JUST rode Powell from 122 to 182. New bike lanes. Sensors to trigger just before lights. Felt safe the whole time.

Have you ridden that stretch lately ?

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matt picio
This one? http://tinyurl.com/powellcrossing141
Not sure I would call that “safe”, and I can see why it isn’t used – no sidewalk on either side, and no way to get to/from it which doesn’t involve walking on the shoulder of Powell for a bit.
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You are exactly right.

And I rode from 122 to 182 today and there are still people darting across traffic from 124 to 130 with NO relief, calming, lights or assists.

Disgraceful.

Do they do studies or just throw spit-wads at maps to see where the next crossing will be placed ?

It took about 2 minutes standing with bike at the side of Powell before there was enough break for me to walk it across. (125th)

That 122 to 136th is a time bomb, someone WILL be injured/killed there.