Projects completed by Portland’s transportation bureau are making streets safer, but the agency should do more to assess how surrounding neighborhoods are impacted by changes to traffic patterns.
That’s the key takeaway from a report released today by the Portland City Auditor.
The audit looked at 14 recently completed Portland Bureau of Transportation projects and selected two for closer analysis. They looked at safety projects on East Burnside (SE 15th to Laurelhurst Place) and on SE Division (from 60th to 80th). In both projects PBOT applied standard safety upgrades like lane reconfigurations, improved crossings and lower speed limits.
In both projects the City Auditor found that PBOT met their stated goals of safety and maintaining access to businesses.
However, the report says PBOT needs to take a closer look at what happens to adjacent streets and business patterns after projects are completed.