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High Crash Network streets and intersections

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A sign reading "CAUTION High Crash Intersection SLOW DOWN" is posted ahead of one of the high crash intersections on 122nd Avenue. Photo by PBOT.
Portland's highest-crash streets and intersections in low-income communities and communities of color receive priority for investments in safety.
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High Crash Network streets and intersections

Portland’s most dangerous streets cut across the city and touch every quadrant.

The High Crash Network — the 30 streets and intersections with the most serious crashes — represents 8% of Portland streets, yet it accounted for 62% of traffic deaths from 2018 to 2022.

Of the streets on the High Crash Network, 82% are owned and operated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), 18% by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and two bridges by Multnomah County.

These 30 streets and 30 intersections continue to require focused safety investments by all three agencies.

Map of Portland high crash streets and intersections overlaid on grey-shaded areas representing neighborhoods with higher scores on PBOT's Equity Matrix.

Safety project investments

Since 2017, PBOT, along with partner agencies, have invested $193 million in safety projects on the High Crash Network.

Safety projects on the High Crash Network have varied in scope but often aim to slow driving speeds and make travel safer for pedestrians, people biking, and those taking transit. They also aim to make transit faster and more efficient.

A Vision Zero guiding principle is to prioritize investments in neighborhoods with more people of color and people living on low incomes. Of the $193 million in safety investments on the High Crash Network since 2017, 66% were in neighborhoods with high equity scores, as measured using PBOT’s Equity Matrix.


High Crash Network streets

Deadly crashes

Top streets where people were killed from 2017 to 2021.

An orange and gray horizontal bar chart of deadly crashes by streets on the High Crash Network from 2017 to 2021 showing pedestrians, people on bicycles, and people in vehicles or motorcycles where NE Marine Drive is the greatest number of traffic deaths (16) and SE Cesar E Chavev Boulevard has the least number of traffic deaths
Source: ODOT Crash Data System. An orange and gray horizontal bar chart of deadly crashes by streets on the High Crash Network from 2017 to 2021 showing pedestrians, people on bicycles, and people in vehicles or motorcycles where NE Marine Drive is the greatest number of traffic deaths (16) and SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard has the least number of traffic deaths.

Bicycle crashes

Top streets where people riding bicycles were killed or seriously injured from 2017 to 2021.

A horizontal bar chart of serious and fatal bicycle crashes in Portland. All other crashes are also shown, with Broadway having the highest of all crashes and NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd having the least.
Source: ODOT Crash Data System. A horizontal bar chart of serious and fatal bicycle crashes in Portland. All other crashes are also shown, with Broadway having the highest of all crashes and NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd having the least.

Pedestrian crashes

Top streets where pedestrians were killed or seriously injured from 2017 to 2021. 

A horizontal bar chart of serious and fatal pedestrian crashes in Portland. SE Powell has the most total crashes and SE Hawthorne has the least.
Source: ODOT Crash Data System. A horizontal bar chart of serious and fatal pedestrian crashes in Portland. SE Powell has the most total crashes and SE Hawthorne has the least.

Motor vehicle crashes

Top streets where people in motor vehicles were killed or seriously injured from 2017 to 2021.

Source: ODOT Crash Data System. A horizontal bar chart of serious and fatal motor vehicles crashes in Portland by car and motorcycles. SE Powell has the most and NE 102nd has the least..
Source: ODOT Crash Data System. A horizontal bar chart of serious and fatal motor vehicle crashes in Portland by car and motorcycle. SE Powell Blvd has the most combined fatal crashes, and NE 102nd has the least, in the high crash network.

Alphabetical by street name

Street & Quadrant(s)High # Driving CrashesHigh # Pedestrian CrashesHigh # Biking Crashes
4th Ave., SW----
7th Ave., SE----
82nd Ave., NE/SE
92nd Ave., NE/SE----
102nd Ave., NE----
122nd Ave., NE/SE
Airport Way, NE*----  
Barbur Blvd., SW*----
Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., SW----
Broadway, NE/NW/SW
Burnside Rd., E/W
Capitol Hwy., SW----
César E. Chávez Blvd., NE/SE----
Columbia Blvd., N/NE----
Division St., SE
Foster Rd., SE
Fremont St., N/NE--
Glisan St., NE
Halsey St., NE--
Hawthorne Blvd., SE--
Holgate Blvd., SE
Interstate Ave., N----
Killingsworth St., N/NE*
Lombard St., N/NE*
Marine Dr., N/NE----
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., NE/SE*--
Powell Blvd., SE*
Sandy Blvd., SE/NE*
Stark Street, SE
Terwilliger Boulevard, SW----

* Partially or fully owned by Oregon Department of Transportation.

Details and methodology

The High Crash Network includes 30 streets. These are a composite of the top 20 high crash streets for driving, the top 20 for bicycling and the top 20 for walking. The analysis uses crash data from 2004 through 2013.

Streets marked as "High # of Driving Crashes" are those with the highest number of people killed or seriously injured in vehicles. Streets marked as having high numbers of bicycle or pedestrian crashes include those with the highest number of crashes, regardless of severity, for people on bikes and walking, respectively.

While the aim of Vision Zero is to eliminate deadly and serious injury crashes, we include all crashes for people biking and pedestrians because the difference between a minor injury and a serious injury to a person biking or pedestrian is often random and circumstantial.


High Crash Intersections

Overall

The table below identifies the 30 intersections in Portland with the highest numbers of reported collisions using data from 2017 through 2021.

Intersections in the table are ordered from least safe to more safe. Rankings reflect three metrics: total number of crashes, collision rate, and total value of collisions.

RankIntersectionDeathsSerious InjuriesModerate InjuriesMinor InjuriesTotal CrashesCollision Rate
1SE Division St and SE 122nd Ave116801040.94
2SE Stark St and SE 122nd Ave361676990.90
3SE Powell Blvd and SE 82nd Ave *0119851020.97
4SE Powell Blvd and SE 148th Ave *22638520.98
5NE Halsey St and NE 122nd Ave10938680.67
6SE Stark St and SE 148th Ave111049570.72
7NE Glisan St and NE 82nd Ave071247690.96
8NE Glisan St and NE 122nd Ave04868870.89
9SE Division St and SE 112th Ave21352530.60
10SE Holgate Blvd and SE 92nd Ave11627390.77
11SE Powell Blvd and SE 174th Ave *01553711.20
12SE Powell Blvd and SE 136th Ave *01841671.40
13NE Broadway and NE Grand Ave10319450.57
14SE Powell Blvd and SE 122nd Ave*01958710.91
15N Vancouver Ave and N Weidler St12716410.59
16NE Weidler St and I - 5 Fwy Ramp*032037630.91
17SE Powell Blvd and SE 92nd Ave *01864680.69
18SE Powell Blvd and SE 112th Ave *011346490.98
19SE Foster Rd and I - 205 Fwy Ramp *001038590.98
20NE Sandy Blvd and NE 82nd Ave001237511.01
21NE Glisan St and NE 102nd Ave00547680.80
22SE Foster Rd and SE 92nd Ave11318340.63
23SE Foster Rd and SE 82nd Ave00758620.69
24NE Glisan St and NE 99th Ave01152640.69
25NE Halsey St and NE 148th Ave13527330.53
26SE Powell Blvd and SE 162nd Ave*011033481.03
27NE Sandy Blvd and NE 162nd Ave *11120280.90
28Washington St and SE 99th Ave02828490.99
29Washington St and SE 92nd Ave051023391.16
30NE Halsey St and NE 102nd Ave011031540.75

* Intersection includes one or more streets owned by Oregon Department of Transportation.

Details and methodology

Crash data was queried from the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Accident History database based on Oregon Department of Transportation crash data. Query output included the top 100 intersections in Portland with the highest number of intersection and intersection-related crashes that occurred between 2017 - 2021.

Only fatal and injury crashes (of all severity levels: serious, moderate, and minor) were included. Crashes selected occurred at intersections or were intersection-related only. All modes were considered as part of the overall High Crash Intersection analysis. Separate HCI lists for bicycle crashes and pedestrian crashes are to follow.

The top 100 intersections in the City of Portland with the highest frequency of crashes following the above criteria were selected and then ranked using the sum of rankings from three different measures:

  1. Number of Deadly and Injury Crashes: The intersections were first ranked by number of crashes that occurred within the 5-year time period as aggregated by the original database query. 
  2. Collision Rate: Number of crashes coded to an intersection are normalized by considering the number of cars traveling through the intersection. The calculation for the collision rate (collisions per million entering vehicles) is: Collision Rate = (Crashes/5 years) X (1 year/365 days) X (1/ADT*) X 1,000,000. Note: ADT (average daily traffic) is the number of vehicles entering the intersection daily.
  3. Severity of Crashes: Severity of crashes is represented by the comprehensive economic costs of a crash. Figured by assigning monetary value to the severity of crash related injuries using the Federal Highway Administration Crash Costs for Highway Safety Analysis. The value of each crash is figured by multiplying the number of crash related fatalities and/or injury types by the values below. The number of fatalities and injuries are sustained injuries, not number of crashes. Total Value = # Fatals* Fatal $ + # Inj A* Inj A $ + # Inj B* Inj B $ + # In C* Inj C $
Fatal value$5,740,100  
Injury A value$304,400 
Injury B value$111,200 
Injury C value$62,700 

This report is compiled from data supplied by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Division, Crash Analysis and Reporting Unit, from records originally received by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. Due to under-reporting of collisions, this list should not be considered to represent all collisions occurring at the intersections listed. The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation analyzed the data and prepared the resulting report.

Pedestrians

Intersections in the table are ordered from least safe to more safe for pedestrians using data from 2017 through 2021.

Rankings reflect three metrics: number of crashes involving pedestrians, number of pedestrians involved, and the estimated economic value of crashes resulting in death or injury.

RankIntersectionPedestrian-involved crashesDeathsSerious injuriesModerate injuriesMinor injuries
1SE Powell Blvd and I - 205 Fwy Ramp *41012
2NE Jonesmore St and NE 82nd Ave / I - 84 Fwy Overpass *31110
3SE Foster Rd and SE 92nd Ave31011
4SE Stark St and SE 160th Ave31011
5SW Barbur Blvd and SW 30th Ave31002
6W Burnside St and SW 3rd Ave60222
7E Burnside St and 122nd Ave70124
8SE Milwaukie Ave and SE Powell Blvd *50221
9NW Broadway and NW Everett St60123
10E Burnside St and SE Grand Ave40202
11SE Division St and SE 122nd Ave60105
12N Interstate Ave and N Lombard St *50122
13NE Alberta St and NE 82nd Ave22000
14E Burnside St and NE 22nd Ave21100
15SE Holgate Blvd and SE 92nd Ave31011
16SE Belmont St and SE Grand Ave30210
17E Burnside St and 24th Ave30201
18NE Davis St and NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd21010
19SE Stark St and SE 148th Ave21010
20NE Broadway and NE Grand Ave21001

* Intersection includes one or more streets owned by Oregon Department of Transportation.

People biking

Intersections in the table are ordered from least safe to more safe for people biking using data from 2017 through 2021.

Rankings reflect three metrics: number of crashes involving people biking, number of people biking involved, and the estimated economic value of crashes resulting in death or injury.

RankIntersectionBike-involved crashesDeathsSerious injuriesModerate injuriesMinor injuries
1NW Broadway and NW Hoyt St80143
2SE Hawthorne Blvd and SE 7th Ave50113
3SWPark Pl and SWVista Ave21100
4SWCapitol Hwy and SWVermont St50032
5N Columbia Blvd and N Vancouver Ave30120
6SWMoody Ave and SWSheridan St30120
7NE Broadway and NE 1st Ave50014
8SE Ankeny St and SE 24th Ave40022
9SE Hawthorne Blvd and SE 6th Ave20110
10N Broadway and N Ross Ave30030
11NE Couch St and NE Grand Ave20101
12E Burnside St and NE 102nd Ave30030
13N Greeley Ave and N Rosa Parks Way20101
14SWGarden Home Rd and SWMultnomah Blvd30030
15N Columbia Way and N Macrum Ave20101
16SE Sandy Blvd and SE Stark St30021
17SE Ankeny St and SE 13th Ave30012
18N Vancouver Ave and N Weidler St20020
19SE Sandy Blvd and SE Washington St20020
20SE 20th Ave and SE Stark St20020