[Update as of 8/21/14] PBOT has informed us that they moved the location of the crossing at Fred Meyer, which is now slated to be constructed this fall to facilitate truck turns and deliveries. They have aligned it at the corner of the alleyway to the south and will look and feel intuitively similar to the one built last year at NE 78th and will include flashing beacons. Locating it on the alleyway corner will also create less conflict with those bicycling from the Davis Greenway to the south, thus a family friendly bike trip to the store will become possible. This is being funded through the private “The Jessica Finlay Foundation.”
[Original Post] The Portland Bureau of Transportation is proposing a pedestrian crossing improvement near the intersection of NE 65th Ave & Glisan St. Here is a concept drawing that depicts the proposed crossing. The crossing will look very similar to the one recently installed at 78th and Glisan, featuring a new pedestrian refuge island and rapid flashing beacons. It was the second most requested crossing that PBOT heard about from neighbors in North Tabor and Montavilla when they were doing outreach for the NE Glisan Safety project (that resulted in the new lane configuration and 78th crossing improvement). PBOT didn’t have the funding to cover the additional crossing at that time, PBOT is fortunate to have recently received a donation from a family foundation to cover the costs of the improvement.
This location was the site of a 2007 pedestrian fatality. PBOT is ready to install the crossing and has already spoken with Fred Meyer, but wanted to notify the neighborhood. Are there questions or concerns with this proposal? Please comment here or forward to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Gabriel Graph, Operations and Safety Manager with the Active Transportation Division, Portland Bureau of Transportation (email@example.com or 503-823-5291)65th Ave Ped Crossing.