Signalized School Route Crossings

As part of a large signals package, PBOT and the Safe Routes to School program have designated five locations where contractors will build new pedestrian traffic signals and beacons. The five intersections are located on key school walking routes across Portland.
A close up view of the backs of three young people in a crosswalk heading to a curb ramp. They are wearing backpacks as if they are heading to school. There are leaves on the ground and it's gray and chilly.
Construction begins Spring 2023
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What's happening now?

The project designs are complete and PBOT staff have posted the signals package to bid. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2023.

These five signals are part of a capital projects package which includes street lighting upgrades. Read about the entire project and sign up for email updates here

Project Background 

These crossings were identified as important connections for students and families accessing schools . Walking routes and problem intersections were highlighted by school communities during a Safe Routes to School outreach process held throughout 2017.

You can read more about the planning process and see a map of citywide project locations at

The signals will be constructed at the following intersections:

  • NE MLK Blvd & NE Going St (Portland Public School District, Grant-Jefferson cluster)
  • E Burnside St & SE 16th Ave (Portland Public School District, Cleveland cluster)
  • SE Washington St & SE 86th Ave (Portland Public School District, McDaniel-Jefferson cluster)
  • SE 148th Ave & SE Main St (Centennial School District)
  • NE Glisan St & NE 113th Ave (David Douglas School District)

See a basic map of the projects on this capital projects website.

Project Funding

The Fixing Our Streets 10-cent citywide gas tax was approved by voters in May 2016 and again in May 2020. The Safe Routes to School program receives funds from Fixing Our Streets to improve access to schools across Portland.  

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