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The move is intended to reduce crashes on the five-lane road, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

COURTESY PHOTO: PBOT - Portland Bureau of Transportation crews posted new 30 MPH speed limit signs along more than five miles of 122nd Avenue on Wednesday, April 21. Portland has given a haircut to the speed limit on 122nd Avenue.

Crews with the Portland Bureau of Transportation posted new 30 mph speed limit signs along a 5.5 mile stretch of the five-lane roadway on Wednesday, April 21 — a five mph reduction from the previous speed limit.

"122nd Avenue is a really key north-south corridor in East Portland. People use it every day," PBOT spokesman Dylan Rivera told "AM Extra," a morning show produced by Pamplin Media news partner KOIN 6 News. "It also happens to be one of the High Crash Corridors in our city. Only 8% of our streets are... but they account for most of our traffic deaths."

The slow-down covers all of 122nd between Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Southeast Foster Road.

Two automated speed cameras, which have ticketed leadfoot drivers traveling in both directions since 2017, will now offer warnings until May 5 as motorists adjust to the change.

In 2020, 2 million motorists passed through the electronic eye of the southbound camera on 122nd, while 1.3 million cars were registered heading in the other direction, according to city data. More than 7,700 violations were reported by the machines — though the actual number of tickets signed by a traffic cop and mailed to offenders was closer to 2,300.

Twelve people died on 122nd in traffic incidents between 2016 and 2020, PBOT says, and the rate of crashes involving pedestrians is 50% above the citywide average.

In this year alone, PBOT has also made 5-mph reductions on portions of Southwest 49th Avenue, West Burnside Street, Southwest Capitol Highway, Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, Northeast Glisan Street, North Ida Street and Northeast Killingsworth Street, Southeast Main Street, Southeast Mill Street, Southeast Millmain Street, and North Smith Street.

Speed limits on East Burnside Street, between 14th and 30th avenues, dropped 10 mph, for a new limit of 20 MPH, also in 2021.

Almost all neighborhood streets had their posted speed limit dropped to 20 MPH in 2018 as part of the city's Vision Zero campaign aiming to eliminate all traffic deaths.


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