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Safer Outer Stark

In Planning
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is planning to make safety improvements along the three-mile section of SE Stark Street between SE 108th Avenue and SE 162nd Avenue.
Public involvement 2019-2020
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Project Background

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Safer Outer Stark high crash network

SE Stark Street is currently a difficult and stressful environment to walk, bike, cross the street and get to the bus and does not adequately serve the many people who travel it.

As a Vision Zero city, Portland has committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025, and this High Crash Corridor is one of the 30 most dangerous streets in the city. SE Stark Street has the sixth highest number of deadly and serious injury crashes for people in cars, the sixth highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people walking, and the ninth highest number of deadly and injury crashes for people bicycling. There are no bicycle facilities, sidewalks are narrow or in poor condition, there is inadequate lighting, and the corridor does not meet the City's new guidelines for frequency of crosswalk placement throughout the five-lane corridor. 

Safer Outer Stark crash study

Project Goals

  • Reduce deadly and serious crashes for all people using all modes
  • Reduce excess motor vehicle speeds
  • Provide safe access and crossings for people walking and riding bicycles, and accessing transit
  • Support future development of enhanced transit along the corridor

In addition to improving safety for all road users, portions of SE Stark Street will be resurfaced using Build Portland funds.

Safer Outer Stark Project Timeline

Outreach and Research

Safer Outer Stark open house flyer

Previous outreach efforts in the area have identified safety as one of the main community concerns. Other concerns and desires for the area include improved lighting, slowing vehicle speeds, improving access to transit, concerns over personal safety, the need for improved sidewalks, and fear that road improvements will lead to displacement.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the open houses in late 2019/early 2020 or took the online survey. View the summary of public involvement activities and open house meeting boards below.

In addition, a comprehensive crash analysis was conducted to better understand the issues along the corridor contributing to the high number of serious and fatal injury crashes.  You can view the summary or full report below.

Previous recent planning efforts in the area include the 122nd Avenue Safety Project (ongoing), 162nd Avenue Safety and Access to Transit Project (ongoing), Stark Human Centered Design Pilot (2018), Transportation System Plan Update (2018), Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan (2018), Growing Transit Communities Plan (2017), and Vision Zero Action Plan (2016).

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Project Funding

Funding for the planning, design, and construction of these improvements is coming from taxes resulting from House Bill 2017, development fees, cannabis taxes, and Build Portland funds. The Build Portland funds will pay to repave a portion of SE Stark Street, with the remaining funds dedicated to safer crossing and corridor safety.

Planning Documents