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New signs are expected to be installed by April 1 of this year as part of the Vision Zero Action Plan approved by the City Council.

COURTESY PBO - Portland Bureau of Transportation workers installing a new sign on a Neighborhood Greenway street.Drivers who cruise through the residential areas of Portland will soon have to drive slower.

Portland city commissioners overwhelmingly approved an ordinance to reduce speeds in residential zones from 25 mph to 20 mph.

Residential streets make up 70 percent of Portland's transportation network, and signage is expected to be installed citywide by April 1 this year.

Introduced by Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Bureau of Transportation, the plan is part of the city's Vision Zero goal to reduce traffic-related deaths on Portland roads to zero by 2025.

"Excessive speed is one of the major factors contributing to traffic deaths," Saltzman said. "From our research, we knew that if we could get Portlanders to slow down, we could save lives."

OPB is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can read the rest of their story at www.opb.org/news/article/portland-oregon-city-council-20-mph-speed-limit-residential-zones.

To see a previous Portland Tribune story on the issue, go to portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/383815-272528-speed-limits-expected-to-drop-on-residential-portland-streets.

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