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On eve of North Portland traffic safety town hall, a man was hit and killed last night on Fessenden

Posted by on November 27th, 2017 at 11:11 am

7000 block of Fessenden.

A man was hit and killed last night just two blocks from where young Bradley Fortner was nearly killed while walking to school last year.

Portland Police reported late last night that a man was “struck by a vehicle in the 7000 block of North Fessenden.” That would put it near the intersection of N Midway, which is relatively busy with a taqueria, a corner store, bus stops, and apartment complexes. We don’t know many details yet, but police say it was a hit-and-run and they’re looking for a dark colored sedan with front-end damage.

By our count, this is the 48th traffic-related fatality in Portland so far this year (the Portland Bureau of Transportation, who uses state and federal criteria to count fatalities, has the number at 43). There were 44 fatalities on our roads in 2016 and December is typically one of the deadliest months of the year.

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Last night’s tragedy is very timely because just a few blocks south at Roosevelt High School, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek will host a town hall on traffic safety tonight. The event will focus primarily on how to improve safety on N Columbia near George Middle School where Fortner was hit last year.

Columbia Blvd is on PBOT’s High Crash Network and neighbors have clamored for safety updates for many years. As we’ve been reporting, there’s an upwelling of transportation activism in St. Johns and other north Portland neighborhoods. This latest death will only make it stronger.

We hope to see a big turnout at tonight’s event. 5:30 pm at Roosevelt High School. More details here.

UPDATE: I failed to mention it in the original post, but PBOT has plans to install a new flashing crossing beacon at this location as part of their 2013St. Johns Transportation Concept Development Project. Here’s the page from the report that mentions Fessenden and Midway:

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Travis
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Midway is a popular cut-through on and off Columbia.

Significant changes are coming in 2018 to Fessenden as part of STJ Truck Strategy Phase II. Several under reported driver/pedestrian collisions have occurred in the last year from Midway to Burr. An RRFB will be installed at Midway. However, a big concern remains at many intersections: drivers passing on the right via the bike lane and open parking lane. Even after the road diet, without more curb extensions this will still be an option for drivers.

Understanding is PBOT will go after a 25 mph posted speed limit. Realistically ODOT will allow 30 mph.

Steve
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Steve

Hopefully some good ideas for Columbia Blvd will come out of this meeting, I drive it way more frequently than I would like to admit and it seems as though the current pedestrian bridge is functionally adequate, but horribly inconvenient. I would love to see traffic calming that would discourage freight traffic but with Amazon on its way I am afraid it will be an uphill battle for any significant improvements. My understanding is Fessenden is “scheduled” for marked crossings similar to Rosa Parks between Willamette and Interstate, we’ll see.

Kristi Finney
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Kristi Finney

I notified Bradley’s mom of the meeting tonight, not sure if she is aware yet or can make it our if she wants to. But it can be very difficult for family members to speak up about the worst day of their life, especially with victim blaming, and car culture the be all/end all of the “real” reason for roads according to most people. I hope the will and the money is stronger than the blowback of the uninsightful.

RH
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RH

I find it so hard to comprehend how someone could hit another human being with a car and just drive off, completely ignoring if they are dead or alive. Happens way to much in Portland.

Joe
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Joe

:'(

Dave
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Dave

Withhold legal penalties for car theft and vandalism until there has been one full calendar year of no hit-and-runs. Drivers’ property deserves no more regard from the state than drivers themselves give other road users.

Ben
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Ben

I believe speed is just one of the factors. That area of Portland has faded road lines,(Yellow and White) and not the best road side lighting. Coming from a North Portland resident that rides quite frequently. I often wonder if updating our lines and lighting would have a better effect that automatically basing it off the the average speed of the road. Also, That is an area of high car theft. ( 6 point ) and could easily see this case ending up as a grand theft auto case. Either way, No way to go on a cold night. My condolences and thoughts to the family.

Steve
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Steve

Maybe I should replace “good” with practical applicable and agreeable to all stakeholders 😉

Scott Mizée
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I’m looking forward to seeing what ACTION comes out of tonight’s meeting convened by Speaker Kotek.