NE 148th Avenue: NE 146th Drive (north of NE Sacramento Street) to NE Halsey Safety Project

Engineering And Design
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is planning to update the street design of NE 148th Avenue from NE 146th Drive to NE Halsey Street. PBOT plans to modify how space is allocated on NE 148th Avenue to reduce illegal speeding and create a safe street crossing at NE Sacramento Street.
New pedestrian crossing coming to NE 148th and Sacramento. New sidewalk coming to SE Sacramento on north side of school.
Construction planned for Spring 2023
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What's happening now?

This project is in the final stage of design and preparing a plan set that will be used to procure a construction contractor. Construction of the pedestrian crossing at NE Sacramento will take place in summer 2023. The lane reorganization striping will take place before the crossing construction. 

Project background and goals

The goals of this project are:

  • Increase safety through street design and reduce illegal speeding
  • Construct a new pedestrian crossing at NE Sacramento Street

To accomplish these goals, the project plans to:

  • Reduce vehicle travel lanes to create new places to cross the street and discourage illegal speeding
  • Construct a new pedestrian crossing with pedestrian-scale lighting on the north side of NE Sacramento Street at NE 148th Ave. 
  • Construct new sidewalk with trees and pedestrian-scale lighting on the north side of Margaret Scott Elementary School. 

Extremely high speeds on NE 148th Ave are dangerous for people driving, walking and rolling

Speed is a factor in 47% of Portland's fatal crashes. Higher speeds mean more risk and greater damage when people are distracted, drive impaired, or simply make mistakes.

East Portlanders are at greater risk of injury or death in a traffic crash and disproportionately represented in the city’s crash statistics. A person walking in east Portland is 2.3 times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle than a person walking in inner Portland.

East Portland's wide streets have historically prioritized motor vehicle speed above everything else, including safety.

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View full road striping plan

Note: During project development, PBOT heard requests for a pathway connecting the northeast leg of NE Sacramento to the I-84 pathway. We tried to find a way to include it, but ultimately it cannot be included in the spring 2023 construction project due to budget constraints.  

Project presentations in 2021

Why a pedestrian crossing at NE Sacramento?

We know that safe crosswalks are something that is important to many people in the neighborhood. The nearest marked crosswalk is over a 10 minute walk away from NE Sacramento.

This intersection is also the street crossing location for a future Neighborhood Greenway, which is a low-stress neighborhood street that is designed to be a great place to walk, bike, roll, and play. The Knott-Sacramento Neighborhood Greenway will be an East-West greenway that will connect the Parkrose Heights, Russell, and Wilkes neighborhoods. Planning for that project begins in 2022.