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One other dying on outer SE Stark, the place a brand new visitors sign did not come quickly sufficient

Wanting west on SE Stark at 146th.

One other particular person is useless after utilizing outer Southeast Stark Road. Portland Police say somebody strolling at SE 146th was hit and killed by a driver simply earlier than 7:00 am this morning.

This can be a recurring nightmare on Portland’s deadliest stretch of street.

13 folks have died whereas touring on a lower than two mile lengthy part of SE Stark between 122nd and one hundred and sixtieth since 2017. Eight of the victims weren’t inside automobiles. Simply final month, 26-year-old Ashlee McGill was standing on the sidewalk ready at a bus cease close to SE 133rd when somebody determined to race their automotive they usually ran over and killed her.

(Graphic: BikePortland)

This part of Stark is so harmful that in 2018 the Portland Metropolis Council invoked an emergency rule to decrease the pace restrict. But it surely’s clear pace restrict indicators received’t cease the deaths.

What makes this morning’s tragedy sting much more is that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has a $20 million “Safer Outer Stark” mission able to go nevertheless it continues to be delayed. They began outreach and design of the mission in 2019 and, as we reported again in September,  PBOT says it received’t break floor till 2024. That’s a painful delay meaning extra folks will die earlier than any deliberate modifications are made.

One of many key components of that plan (which was accomplished in December 2020) is a brand new sign and safer crossing at 146th — the identical intersection the place the particular person was hit and killed this morning.

Safer Outer Stark plan (accomplished in December 2020) with references to SE 146th.

PBOT was additionally supposed to put in a brand new automated enforcement digital camera simply two blocks away at 148th final fall. As of August of this yr, the official PBOT Mounted Pace Security Digital camera web site stated the digital camera can be put in in “early 2022.” Sadly that location has not too long ago been scrubbed from the web site and it seems PBOT continues to be grappling with delays which have plagued this program for years. Reached at present for an replace on that digital camera, a PBOT spokesperson stated it has been put in by hasn’t been activated but. There stays no date for when it can begin issuing citations.

PBOT efficiently handed a invoice within the 2022 Oregon legislative session that can enable non-police employees to course of digital camera citations. That regulation goes into impact January 1, 2023 and is predicted to assist pace up digital camera implementation. Will it assist? That is still to be seen. We’ve uncovered some squabbling between PBOT employees and the digital camera gear vendor that could be including to the delays (we’re engaged on that story).

Whatever the causes, the gradual tempo of change to handle visitors violence on our lethal streets is exasperating.

Nobody else ought to die on outer Stark (or wherever!). What else we are able to do to maintain folks secure? Why doesn’t PBOT set up concrete barricades to slim the driving house and enhance behaviors? Don’t these deaths warrant extra substantial emergency measures? Will anybody in Metropolis Corridor get up and demand motion?



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