Making a better Portland: shift focus from cars to people

PORTLAND, Ore., — I’ve seen many car drivers speed through the crosswalk on SW 4th Avenue at SW Montgomery Street without a glance at the people waiting to cross. Sometimes it’s one driver nearly hitting people already crossing. While the Portland Bureau of Transportation has made city streets more people-focused and functional, it still has work to do. 

PBOT plans to begin construction on seven projects outlined in the Central City in Motion plan in 2020 and 2021, according to a PBOT announcement. The PBOT plan for the corridor of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Grand Avenue, between NE Broadway and SE Mill Streets, includes updates to prioritize freight and transit for the Portland Streetcar and TriMet bus line 6. This section of the Central City in Motion plan is scheduled to begin in 2020, while other sections are slated to begin in 2021. 

The 2021 plan includes updates to SW 4th Avenue, between SW Lincoln Street and W Burnside Street, that include a new bikeway, traffic signals and a bus lane, in addition to street resurfacing. The PBOT sections of the plan slated for 2021 are bus lane and signal upgrades on E Burnside Street from E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to E 12th Avenue and Better Naito Forever, from SW Jefferson to NW Couch Street, featuring signal and sidewalk upgrades with the protected bike lanes. 

PBOT will hold a public comment opportunity on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Astoria Room of Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street.