Safer intersections for pedestrians

Transportation
Engineering And Design
Work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that improves pedestrian safety at intersections with traffic signals. Project work funded through the voter-approved 10-cent gas tax known as Fixing Our Streets.
People crossing a busy street
Fall 2022 to 2025
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What's happening now?

We are improving intersections on a rolling basis now and continuing into 2025.

Planned & Completed Upgrades

More upgrades will be added as they are confirmed

LocationUpgradeStatus
92nd Ave. & Eugene St., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemComplete
102nd Ave. & Prescott St., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemComplete
122nd Ave. & Marx St., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
Broadway & 30th Ave., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
Broadway & 28th, NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
César E. Chávez Blvd. & Main St., SEAccessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
Glisan St. & 53rd Ave., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
Halsey St. & 132nd Ave., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemComplete
Sandy Blvd. & 87th Ave., NEAccessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
45th Ave. & Multnomah Blvd., SWLeft-Turn SignalPlanned (2024)
Burnside St. & 60th Ave., ELeft-Turn SignalComplete
Killingsworth St. & 42nd Ave., NELeft-Turn SignalComplete
146th Ave. & Stark St., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
82nd Ave. & Boise St., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
82nd & Yamhill St., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
92nd Ave. & Harold St., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
96th Ave. & Main St., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Alberta St. & 33rd Ave., NEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Broadway & 15th Ave., NEPedestrian Head Start, Accessible Pedestrian SystemComplete
Capitol Hwy. & Terwilliger Blvd., SEPedestrian Head Start, Accessible Pedestrian SystemPartially complete
César E. Chávez Blvd. & Clinton St., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Columbia Blvd. & 21st Ave., NEPedestrian Head Start, Accessible Pedestrian SystemPartially complete
Foster Rd. & 134th Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Foster Rd. & 136th Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Lincoln St. & 50th Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Powell Blvd. & 21st Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Powell Blvd. & 26th Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Powell Blvd. & 33rd Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Powell Blvd. & 42nd Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Salmon St. & Naito Pkwy., SWPedestrian Head StartComplete
Sandy Blvd. & 41st Ave., NEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Sandy Blvd. & 43rd Ave., NEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Washington St. & 76th Ave., SEPedestrian Head StartComplete
Columbia & Interstate Pl, NSignal Head Safety UpgradesPlanned (2024)
Front & 21st, NWSignal Head Safety Upgrades, Accessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)
Front & Nicolai, NWSignal Head Safety Upgrades, Accessible Pedestrian SystemPlanned (2024)

Project Background

Pie chart showing proportions of pedestrian crashes by location
Crash data indicate that 71 percent of pedestrians are hit at intersections, with 44 percent occurring at intersections with signals. (Data: Oregon Department of Transportation, 2006–2015)

This project is upgrading intersections across Portland using tools proven to help prevent pedestrian crashes.

The project is focusing on intersections with signals because nearly half of pedestrian crashes occur at these locations (see graphic).

We are prioritizing locations with a history of pedestrian crashes, those on the High Crash Network, and areas with relatively high numbers of lower-income individuals or people of color.

This project will include:

  • Pedestrian head starts that provide a "WALK" signal seconds before a green light
  • Accessible Pedestrian Systemsat more locations with pedestrian head starts to help people with limited vision cross streets safely 
  • Protected left-turn signals that separate left-turning drivers from people in crosswalks
  • Signal head upgrades including larger signal heads and retroreflective backplates for greater visibility

Project Funding

$800,000 from Fixing Our Streets

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