information
Storm damage recovery

Signalized School Route Crossings

Transportation
Under Construction
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 Summer 2023
On this Page

What's happening now?

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

E Burnside St. & NE 16th Ave: Spring - Fall 2023 (tentative)

  • Construction will begin in April, removing structures and/or obstructions necessary for construction to safely begin.
  • Sidewalk and curb concrete will be poured in late May or June.
  • Temporary street striping will occur June.
  • Installation of the traffic signal pole and equipment should occur throughout June, depending on pole lead times.
  • Permanent street striping and traffic sign installations is planned for mid-summer.
  • Landscape work will begin late June or July as our final phase of this intersection.

NE MLK Jr. Blvd & NE Going St: Summer 2023 - Winter 2024 (tentative)

  • Construction crew will arrive in early summer 2023, removing anything necessary for construction to safely begin.
  • Temporary street striping will occur late summer.
  • Sidewalk and curb concrete will be poured in fall.
  • Installation of the traffic signal pole and equipment will occur throughout late summer/fall.
  • Permanent street striping and traffic sign installations will also occur fall.
  • Street trees will be planted as our final phase of this intersection in late fall.

NE Glisan St. & NE 113th Ave: Spring 2023 - Summer 2024 (tentative)

  • Construction crew will arrive in late 2023 or early 2024, removing anything necessary for construction to safely begin.
  • Sidewalk and curb concrete will be poured spring 2024, along with temporary street striping.
  • Installation of the traffic signal pole and equipment should occur spring 2024.
  • Permanent street striping will occur in early summer 2024. 
  • Landscape work will begin spring/summer 2024 as our final phase of this intersection.

SE Washington St & SE 86th Ave: Spring - Summer 2024 (tentative)

  • Construction crew will arrive in spring 2024, removing anything necessary for construction to safely begin.
  • Sidewalk and curb concrete will be poured late spring 2024.
  • Installation of the traffic signal pole and equipment should occur spring or summer 2024.
  • Permanent street striping will occur spring 2024, along with landscaping.

SE Main St & SE 148th Ave: Fall 2023 - Summer 2024 (tentative)

  • Construction crew will arrive in fall 2023, removing anything necessary for construction to safely begin.
  • Sidewalk and curb concrete will be poured early 2024.
  • Temporary street striping will occur mid-winter 2024.
  • Installation of the traffic signal pole and equipment should occur mid-winter as well.
  • Traffic sign installations will occur late winter.
  • Permanent street striping will occur in spring or summer 2024 as conditions permit. 
  • Landscape work and street tree plantings will occur end of winter or early spring.

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 SafeRoutesProjects.com.

The signals will be constructed at the following intersections:

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

Details about signal types:

Half Signal: Vehicle traffic on a major street has a traditional signal, while the smaller side street has a stop sign. When people walking and biking want to cross the major road, traffic will come to a full stop.

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB): RRFB’s are yellow diamond-shaped signs that alert drivers to look for people crossing with bright, attention-getting, flashing lights also activated by a push button. They draw visibility to crosswalks when people are ready to cross.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon: Push button that activates a red traffic light when a person walking is ready to cross. When no pedestrians are present, the signals stay dark.

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.