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NE MLK Jr Blvd - Corridor Safety Investment Strategy

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The NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard project will enhance pedestrian crossings and reduce gaps between crossings to improve safety, access transit, and access to destinations along MLK.
2024 - 2025
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Project Background

NE Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr Boulevard has one of Portland’s highest concentrations of affordable housing, and a great deal more is planned for the future. More people living along MLK Jr Boulevard will increase pedestrian and commercial activity on the street, which is already experiencing traffic congestion and cars traveling at high speeds.  high-speed traffic and congestion.

Community members have described walking and driving along MLK Jr Boulevard as a stressful and unpleasant experience. Along MLK Boulevard, there is a general feeling that:

  • The street environment is not pedestrian friendly or supportive to street-level business.
  • Affordable housing, retirement homes, and the highest activity commercial areas are not served well by existing crossings.
  • The increasing traffic is resulting in poor air quality, which is negatively impacting existing and future affordable housing residents along the street.

By improving safety through crossing and traffic access improvements, PBOT will take a step towards creating a more pleasant place to visit and travel along.

Funded Projects

This image shows a map of funded crossing improvements along NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.

Several improvements along NE MLK Jr Boulevard are already funded, including:

  • Active Crossings at:
    • NE Holman Street
    • NE Mason Street
    • NE Going Street*
    • NE Failing Street
    • NE Cook Street
  • Signal Safety Improvements at:
    • NE Killingsworth Street
    • NE Fremont Street
  • Median Islands at:
    • NE Emerson Street

*This crossing enhancement is funded through a Safe Routes to School Project.