Powell Blvd upgrades well under way

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New school speed zone signs are among upgrades near Cleveland High School

Powell Speed Zone Signs

ODOT installed new school speed zone signs along SE Powell Boulevard near Cleveland High School

Nov. 10, 2022

Contact: Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452

Working toward a safer Southeast Powell Boulevard, ODOT this week completed installation of new school speed zone signs lowering the speed limit to 20 mph next to Cleveland High School.

The new signs are part of a series of safety upgrades that ODOT, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet announced Oct. 21 during a community forum at the school.  The signs reduce the speed limit between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. near the school along Powell Boulevard, which is U.S. 26.

“Lowering the speed to 20 mph during the school day will make this road much safer for students,” said Rian Windsheimer, ODOT regional manager for the Portland area.  “We will continue working with our partners at the City of Portland to make our roads safer for all users.”

Crews also recently completed crosswalk improvements at several locations along Southeast Powell, including 24th,  26th, 28th, 31st, 34th, 42nd, and 69th avenues.

In the weeks ahead, ODOT and PBOT plan more safety upgrades in the corridor. In addition to speed feedback signs -- which tell motorists how fast they're going -- improvements include giving pedestrians a walk signal before vehicles get a green light, higher visibility striping at crosswalks, improving visibility and, in the long term, photo radar enforcement and studying reallocation of traffic lanes along Powell.