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Outer Division Safety Project (SE 80th to 174th avenues)

Engineering And Design
New pedestrian crossings with signals, safer intersections, street lighting, protected bike lanes, raised center medians, and landscaping coming to outer SE Division Street in 2021 and 2022.
Construction in 2021
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Construction begins August 2021. Attend the virtual construction open house to learn more.

Outer Division Safety Project Construction Open House

August 12, 2021, 6:30-7:30 PM 

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Learn how PBOT is making outer Division Street safer

了解 PBOT 如何提高 Division 街外围的安全性

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Existing conditions

Southeast Division Street is one of the most dangerous corridors in Portland. It ranks #1 for people killed or injured while walking, #1 for people killed or seriously injured in motor vehicles, and #2 for people killed or injured while bicycling. Just in the everyday act of moving about, 20 people have died and 107 have been seriously injured on SE Division in the last decade.

In a two-block stretch of SE Division Street, between SE 122nd and 124th avenues, there were nearly 90 crashes in a five-year period (2011-2015) as the below graphic shows. In more than half of those crashes, someone was injured or killed, and nine of those crashes involved a person walking or biking. Unfortunately, similar conditions are found throughout the area. PBOT designed this project with these types of crashes in mind. For example, the orange arrows show turning crashes. The center median that will be added to Division Street will significantly reduce left-turning crashes.

Outer SE Division Safety Project - documented crash map

Project components

PBOT’s Outer Division Multimodal Safety Project includes safety measures to reduce unsafe driving. This includes lowering speeds, providing more frequent (and better) pedestrian crossings, and making the street safer for people bicycling. This includes:

  • 10 more signalized pedestrian crossings
  • New street lighting  between SE 82nd and 92nd avenues in the Jade District and between SE 122nd and 130th avenues in the Division-Midway area.
  • Protected bike lanes throughout the corridor
  • Raised center median along most of the corridor to limit vehicles turning and reduce crashes
Elements of a safe street


Funding for this project comes from the city's General Fund, Fixing Our Streets (the city's gas tax), Transportation System Development Charges, the cannabis tax, as well as funds from Oregon House Bill 2017. 

Other projects in the same area

TriMet's Division Transit Project

TriMet’s Division Transit Project will improve travel between downtown Portland, Southeast and East Portland, and Gresham with easier, faster, and more reliable bus service. Construction is underway and the new transit service is expected to launch September 2022.

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ODOT's All Road Transportation Safety Project at SE Division & I-205

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will improve safety at the interchange of I-205 and Division Street by reconfiguring lanes and improving intersections to reduce conflicts and crashes. This will include dedicated turn lanes and upgraded traffic signals. Buffered bike lanes will create space between bicycles and vehicles to reduce conflicts. New curb ramps will improve safety and accessibility for everyone, including people with disabilities. Construction is expected to begin spring 2021 and continue through the end of 2021. 

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PGE's Utility Relocations

Portland General Electric (PGE) is relocating and installing power poles and lines to support PBOT's Outer Division Multi-Modal Safety Project and TriMet's Division Transit Project. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete by March 2021.

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