In April of final 12 months two folks have been hit and killed by drivers whereas attempting to stroll throughout Northeast 82nd at Alberta. As the preferred route between a busy motel and a neighborhood market, the intersection may be very harmful. Speeds on 82nd (an Oregon Division of Transportation-controlled “orphan freeway”) are excessive, the street is straight and never well-lit, and a slight downhill to the north creates a wide-open feeling for drivers that appears to encourage an absence of warning and look after others.
After Stephen Looser and Anthony Tolliver have been killed, ODOT confronted stiff stress to do one thing — something — to make the crossing safer. Elected officers known as for emergency interventions and activists held a rally to attract consideration to the ticking time bomb in ODOT’s arms. A number of weeks after the deaths, ODOT lowered the pace restrict and promised extra funding to create a safer crossing.
In September ODOT crews constructed a brand new crossing therapy on the south finish of the intersection. They broke up the curb to make a ramp, put in a yellow “folks crossing” signal, and screwed in $9,000 price of plastic posts and curbs to create a median island.
Once I shared a brief video of this on Instagram on Monday, some readers have been unimpressed. “That looks as if it’s a tiny marginal enchancment and that a lot extra have to be completed,” typed one commenter. “With a purpose to get to the island you must frogged [frogger] throughout 2 lanes of 45 mph site visitors…This isn’t making it any higher however probably not making it a lot worse,” stated one other.
I reached out to ODOT Area 1 Public Data Officer Don Hamilton to study extra.
He stated what’s on the road now’s only a short-term replace that was put in place shortly final fall earlier than the development window closed for the 12 months. “The second part is now in design with building scheduled to happen this summer time. The ultimate design will embrace a flashing pedestrian crossing beacon, new ADA ramps, and a concrete median island,” Hamilton shared.
“We acknowledge the necessity for additional enhancements at this location,” he added.
We’ll be watching.
Despite the fact that ODOT and the Metropolis of Portland have lastly agreed to switch management of 82nd, we can not anticipate that funding and planning to be accomplished earlier than we take fast measures to guard individuals who use this road.