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Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to add rumble strips, traffic lights, signalized crosswalks.

VIA GOOGLE MAPS - Northeast Marine Drive is shown here near 185th Avenue in 2018. A slower speed will keep drivers cruising safely on Northeast Marine Drive, officials say.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has reduced the speed limit to 40 mph from 45 mph on a 8.5-mile stretch of the roadway between Northeast 33rd Drive and the city limits at 185th Drive.

If this news feels familiar, it is. PBOT downshifted speeds to 35 mph on Marine Drive between 33rd and Interstate 5 in September of last year. But the road remains dangerous.

At least 189 documented crashes resulted in four deaths and 144 injuries between 2012 and 2016 on Marine Drive. Another six traffic fatalities have been reported since January 2017.

"The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero," the bureau relates, "the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many."

Daytrippers on the scenic two-lane roadway jostle with rumbling semis servicing the Columbia Corridor — with steep embankments on either side and no centerline divider thicker than paint.

Rumble strips, however, are in the works.

The new 40 mph speed limit began Thursday, May 30. The traffic camera at westbound Northeast 138th Avenue will issue warnings for two weeks, then return to citations. The speed camera at Northeast 33rd will not be affected.

This summer, PBOT says it plans to begin work on a new traffic signal at Northeast 122nd Avenue, rapid flashing beacons at Northeast 112th and 138th avenues, as well as filling in gaps in the multi-use trail and adding bike lanes between 112th and 122nd avenues.


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