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NE 131st Place and Prescott Drive: Traffic Calming and Placemaking

Engineering And Design
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will oversee construction of traffic calming speed bumps on NE 131st Place between NE Shaver and Prescott Drive and a traffic circle at the intersection of Prescott Drive. Community-inspired street paintings will be installed along the project area.
A Google streetview look of the project intersection. On a sunny day, a wide intersection with tire marks and no crosswalks has a blue car turning left through the intersection.
Summer 2024
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What's happening now? 

May 2024: A street painting design, created by Parkrose youth and inspired by themes from a recent community survey, is being adjusted so it can fit the spacing elements along NE 131st Place.

Sunday, June 16th is the planned day for the street painting. The work is weather dependent and the schedule may change. If you would like to be contacted about volunteering to paint the mural, please enter your contact information here

The traffic infrastructure elements (speed bumps and concrete traffic circle) are in the engineering design phase. They are expected to be installed in July and August of this year.  

Previous work: 
February - April 2024: PBOT staff from the Street Painting and Safe Routes to School programs coordinated 4-5 class and field trip sessions with Parkrose youth. Classes focused on Street Paintings as a form of community building and how to express community themes through art and design. 

A survey asking Parkrose neighbors what makes streets feel safer closed on March 25, 2024. Themes from those survey responses were used to inspire the street painting planned for NE 131st Pl. You can see survey responses here. 

Project Goals

1) Slow traffic speeds on NE 131st Placeand limit unsafe driving at the intersection of 131st Place and Prescott Drive

2) Install street paintings designed by Parkrose youth to build community and bring positive change to the neighborhood

The project on 131st Place will be centered on art, traffic calming, and building relationships between neighbors. These are central to a proven approach to safety called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. 

Initial plans for the street painting elements are to visually narrow the roadway along NE 131st Place, with the intention of slowing traffic speeds. PBOT will take pre- and post- painting speed data to understand how paint affects driver behavior.  

Project Description

  • 3 speed bumps between NE Shaver Street and Sandy Boulevard
  • Concrete traffic circle at NE 131st Place and Prescott Drive
  • Large street painting on the west side of NE 131st Place between Shaver Street and Prescott Drive

Expected Timeline
June 16, 2024: Install street painting with Parkrose youth and Argay Terrace neighbors
July – August 2024: Install speed bumps and traffic circle

Project Background

This is a partnership!

PBOT is partnering with Parkrose High School, The Pathfinder Network, Elevate Oregon, the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association, Historic Parkrose, and the City's Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program to design and build a traffic safety project along NE 131st Place, between NE Sandy Boulevard and Shaver Street. 

The project location is a point of continued advocacy for the Argay Terrace community, who have vocalized concerns about speeding on NE 131st Place, along with gun violence and aggressive driving near the intersection of NE Prescott Drive.  

The Pathfinder Network works with individuals and families impacted by the justice system. In 2023, they held a 9-week training for Parkrose High School students affected by gun violence called Think Outside the Box for Our Blocks. During that training,  youth created street painting designs and identified placemaking elements they thought could bring positive change to their neighborhood and the intersection of concern. PBOT provided $10,000 in funding to support the 9-week training.

Inspired by innovative designs and energy from the Think Outside the Box for Our Blocks projects, PBOT staff applied for and were awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bloomberg Asphalt Art Initiative to fund the street painting elements along NE 131st Place. 

Read this local news story about the Think Outside the Box for Our Blocks project: Parkrose teens help win $25,000 for a Portland street redesign - Axios Portland.

Mục tiêu Dự án, Kế hoạch Dự án

1) Giảm tốc độ giao thông trong khu vực NE 131st Place và hạn chế lái xe không an toàn tại giao lộ 131st Place và Prescott Drive
2) Đặt tranh đường phố do thanh thiếu niên Parkrose thiết kế với mong muốn xây dựng cộng đồng và mang lại sự thay đổi tích cực cho khu phố

Kế hoạch Dự án

  • 3 gờ giảm tốc giữa NE Shaver Street và Sandy Boulevard
  • Vòng xuyến bằng bê tông trong khu vực NE 131st và Prescott Drive
  • Bức tranh đường phố lớn đặt ở phía tây khu vực NE 131st Place giữa Shaver Street và Prescott Drive

Khung thời gian Dự kiến:
Ngày 16 tháng Sáu, 2024: Đặt tranh đường phố cùng với thanh niên Parkrose và dân cư tại Argay Terrace
Tháng Bảy – Tháng Tám, 2024: Lắp đặt các gờ giảm tốc và vòng xuyến

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Dự án lịch sử

Cộng đồng Parkrose đã chia sẻ nhiều mối quan ngại về khu vực NE 131st Place từ Sandy Boulevard đến Shaver Street trong nhiều năm. Các mối quan ngại bao gồm chạy quá tốc độ, đua xe và lái xe không an toàn ở giao lộ NE 131st Place và Prescott Drive, cũng như tình trạng gia tăng bạo lực súng đạn trong cộng đồng.

Cục Giao thông Portland (PBOT) đã hợp tác với các học sinh Trung học Phổ thông Parkrose để thiết kế những tác phẩm nghệ thuật theo các chủ đề được thu thập từ cuộc khảo sát cộng đồng Parkrose của chúng tôi.

Chủ đề được lấy từ các phản hồi khảo sát mô tả điều tạo nên một cộng đồng vững mạnh:  hàng xóm; sự an toàn; tương tác, kết nối và hợp tác trong cộng đồng; sự đa dạng và hòa nhập; bảo tồn lịch sử và văn hóa. 

Ô tô chạy quá tốc độ, bạo lực súng đạn và tội phạm là ba mối quan ngại lớn nhất về an toàn được báo cáo từ cuộc khảo sát.  

Objetivos y planos del proyecto

1) Reducir la velocidad del tráfico en NE 131st Pl y limitar la conducción insegura en el cruce de 131st Pl y Prescott Dr
2) Instalar pinturas callejeras diseñadas por jóvenes de Parkrose que desean construir una comunidad y aportar un cambio positivo al vecindario

Planos del proyecto

  • 3 topes entre NE Shaver Street y Sandy Boulevard
  • Una glorieta de concreto en NE 131st Place y Prescott Drive
  • Pintura de gran tamaño en el lado oeste de NE 131st Place entre Shaver Street y Prescott Drive

Calendario previsto 
16 de junio de 2024: Instalar pintura callejera con jóvenes de Parkrose y vecinos de Argay Terrace
Julio - agosto de 2024: Construir los topes y la glorieta

¿Desea que nos pongamos en contacto con usted para que sea voluntario 
para pintar el mural? Si la respuesta es sí, deje su nombre e información de contacto.

Historia del proyecto

La comunidad de Parkrose ha externado su preocupación por los problemas que se generan en NE 131st Place desde Sandy Boulevard hasta Shaver Street a lo largo de los años. Entre estos destacan: el exceso de velocidad, los arrancones y la conducción insegura en el cruce de NE 131st Place y Prescott Drive, así como el aumento de la violencia con armas de fuego en la comunidad. 

El Departamento de Transporte de Portland (PBOT) se asoció con estudiantes del instituto de Parkrose para crear diseños artísticos basados en los temas recopilados en nuestra encuesta a la comunidad de Parkrose.

Temas de las respuestas a la encuesta que describen lo que hace fuerte a una comunidad: vecinos; seguridad; interacción, conexión y colaboración entre la comunidad; diversidad e inclusividad; y preservación histórica y cultural. 

El exceso de velocidad de los autos, la violencia con armas de fuego y la delincuencia fueron las tres principales preocupaciones en materia de seguridad recopiladas en la encuesta.

Project Outreach

NE 131st Place Neighborhood Letter, May 2024

NE 131st Place Community Survey Results

"What makes streets feel safer in Parkrose?" 8 1/2 x 11 flyer to request feedback from Parkrose residents and help create the art design themes. Distributed in March 2024. 

Project Funding

This project is made possible with the generous allocation of $100,000 from the City of Portland's Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) program and $25,000 in grant funding awarded by the Bloomberg Asphalt Art Initiative.