Marine Drive speed limit lowered between I-5 and 33rd
Planning to putter about on Northeast Marine Drive? You're going to need to slow down.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will lower to 35 miles per hour the speed limit on a two-mile stretch of Marine Drive between Interstate 5 and Northeast 33rd Drive.
The change takes effect on Tuesday, Sept. 25 following state approval granted in August. The previous speed limit in that area was 40 miles per hour.
"The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero — the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many," a news release notes. "Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design."
There were 140 reported crashes — and at least six serious injuries — on the affected portion of Marine Drive between 2012 to 2016. ODOT says 19 percent of those crashes involved lane departures, where motorists drift out of their lane of travel.
PBOT says its speed camera on Marine Drive near eastbound 33rd Avenue will issue warnings for the next two weeks. Citations will resume starting on Oct. 10.
Enforcement will not change for another speed camera located on Marine Drive near 138th Avenue.
A number of safety improvements are scheduled to be built on Marine Drive starting in 2019, including:
• New centerline and shoulder rumble strips between 33rd and Northeast 185th
• A new traffic signal at Northeast 122nd
• Buffered bike lanes between 112th to 122nd.
• Extensions of the multi-use path between 112th and 185th
• Rapid flashing beacons for pedestrians between 112th and 138th
Marine Drive has been designated by officials as a High Crash Corridor — one in a series of 30 streets that make up just 8 percent of the road network but account for 57 percent of all fatal crashes within city limits.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.