As many residents have probably seen while driving in the area, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is working on road improvements on NE Glisan from NE 102nd to 162nd avenues. Work includes safer crossings, speeds, bus stops, and travel options. View the project’s story map for more details.
Feedback PBOT received from the community involvement phase of this project
What PBOT heard
What PBOT is doing
Ability to use center turn lane for left turns identified as an important feature by residents
Design treatments maintain center turn lane
Difficulty crossing the street with fast moving traffic
Pedestrian crossings either feature yellow rapid flashing beacons or red “STOP” signal indication for drivers (also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon). Crosswalk locations have been prioritized in front of schools.
Merging into one lane creates frustration and road rage
Our street design doesn’t prioritize a specific lane for merging (ex. “right lane ends”). Instead, drivers will take turns merging in what is known as a zipper merge. This has been shown to reduce road rage and improve safety in places where it has been used.
Concerns that driving times will be impacted beyond what PBOT expects
PBOT has released a “East Glisan Street Update Evaluation Guide” to provide transparent information for how we intend to measure success on the corridor.
Concerns about cut-through traffic on local streets
PBOT will be collecting data and monitoring traffic on side streets. PBOT also has several traffic calming projects forthcoming in surrounding neighborhoods.