Things are looking a little bit different out there on Sandy Blvd today.
April Bertlesen of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) said on Sept 26 that the new crosswalk on Sandy Blvd at NE 87th might be turned on by mid October & today was the day. PBOT was only awaiting installation of traffic control signs that must be in place before the full signal can be turned on.
The crosswalk includes a pedestrian activated signal on all four corners of the intersection. Motorist will not be expecting an active crossing signal yet, so please use caution when crossing NE Sandy Blvd on foot — even with a green light.
In related news, the second half of the Sandy Blvd sidewalk project — the north side from 85th to 92nd — is delayed until the next summer construction season after July 2013, according to PBOT.
The first half of the $100,000 sidewalk project — the south side of Sandy Blvd from 85th to 92nd — was completed this summer. However, design work was more extensive for the north side of Sandy because sidewalk space is narrower or more sloped. The needed design delayed the construction until too late in the road construction season.
The Sandy Blvd sidewalks was requested by Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland to improve pedestrian safety. Tragically, two pedestrians were struck and killed by motorists on Sandy Blvd at NE 91st, one each in August 2009 and March 2011. Another crosswalk is slated for that intersection in 2013, according to the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) plan.
Overall pedestrian safety needs to be improved for due to the proximity of the I-205 freeway entrance/exit and the Parkrose/Sumner transit center. The date in the EPIM plan synchs with other PBOT info indicating that 2013 will be the year they focus on Sandy Blvd with their ‘safety corridor’ program.
SAN aims to host guest speakers from PBOT and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) about this topic to our neighborhood meetings early next year.