North Portland Traffic Calming Project

The Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) Speed Reduction and Safe Routes to School programs are working together to install traffic calming speed bumps and cushions on six streets within the St. John's neighborhood.
A black SUV-type vehicle approaches a traffic calming speed cushion while driving down the road. A school building and yellow pedestrian crossing signal is in the background
Completed Summer, Fall 2022
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What's Happening Now?

This project was completed in the fall of 2022.

Project Background and Description

Traffic calming speed bumps and cushions are slated for the following streets:

N Buchanan Ave, from Lombard St to Columbia Blvd
N Burr Ave, from Lombard St to Bank St
N Columbia Way, from Smith St to Fessenden St
N Ida Ave, from Lombard St to Smith St
N Oswego Ave, from Lombard St to Columbia Blvd
N Smith St, from Bruce Ave to Gilbert Ave

  • Speed bumps and cushions are used when data shows more than 15% of drivers are going more than 5 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • Speed bumps and cushions encourage drivers to slow down, making streets safer and more comfortable for people walking, biking, and traveling in the neighborhood.
    • Streets designated as key emergency response routes will have speed cushions installed, with wheel cut-outs and a flatter profile. The speed cushions help reduce speeding while offering better access for emergency response vehicles. 
  • If funding is available, traffic calming projects are often installed near schools or where many people walk and bike. Five of the six streets included in this project are primary walking routes for George Middle School, James John Elementary, Sitton Elementary, and Roosevelt High School. 
    • The Safe Routes to School Primary Investment Routes were identified by Portland school communities during an outreach process held throughout 2017. You can read more about the planning process and see a map of citywide project locations and routes at

Project Funding

The Fixing Our Streets 10-cent citywide gas tax was approved by voters in May 2016 and again in May 2020. A portion of the funding was set aside for speed bumps on higher traffic, two-lane streets in areas of high need. 

The Portland Safe Routes to School program funding comes from the 2012 Portland Public Schools Bond for traffic safety improvements on bond school routes within the PPS District. 

Project paid for by Fixing Our Streets: Your dime at work.