A major roadway that connects Portland to East Multnomah County has been flagged for improvements and is expected to make things safer for all sorts of people.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is planning improvements along the 3-mile section of Southeast Stark Street between Southeast 108th Avenue and 162nd Avenue. The roadway has been flagged as a high crash corridor for every mode of travel — drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The Safer Outer Stark project is in the design phase, and is seeking public input. Take the survey at bit.ly/SaferOuterStark. Construction is tentatively planned for 2021.
Statistics highlight how deadly Stark Street is — sixth in the region for deadly or serious injury crashes for drivers and pedestrians, and ninth for cyclists. The intersection at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street has the most crashes in all of Portland.
Along Stark, which is five-lanes with on-street parking, there are no bicycle facilities, sidewalks are narrow and in poor condition, there is inadequate lighting and the corridor does not meet guidelines for how often a crosswalk is placed throughout the corridor.
Other input from community members have called for slowing vehicle speeds and improving access to transit, concerns about personal safety, and fear that road improvements will lead to displacement.
Funding for the planning, design and construction stems from House Bill 2017 taxes, development fees, cannabis taxes, and Build Portland funds. The Build Portland money will pay to repave a portion of Stark, while the remaining funds will be dedicated to the safety improvements.
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