PBOT 122nd Avenue Plan Update

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Portland Bureau of Transportation


122nd Avenue Plan: Safety, Access, and Transit

Since 2018, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been developing a comprehensive plan for how to improve safety, access, and transit along 122nd Avenue between NE Marine Drive and SE Foster Road. In the fall of 2021, we shared recommendations for the corridor with the public and asked for feedback.


Online Open House Survey Results

Between September 15 and October 30, 2021, PBOT hosted an online open house and survey to gather input on the proposed recommendations for 122nd Avenue. More than 330 people responded to the online survey. We have compiled the findings from the survey into a summary document.

Key takeaways from the survey:

  • General support for the proposed design alternatives and the updates to improve transit access.
  • There were requests for and/or concerns about:
    • Traffic enforcement
    • Safety
    • Traffic congestion
    • Preserving through traffic lanes
    • Preventing drivers from taking alternative routes in residential areas


When asked what intersections should be prioritized for improvements, E Burnside Street had the most responses as seen in the graph to the right. SE Stark and SE Division Street were also suggested, but these improvements are already funded through other projects.

Chart showing results from the survey question “which intersection(s) should be redesigned first to improve safety.”

When asked about potential changes to the number of lanes between SE Foster Road and SE Powell Boulevard, many favored a design that provides "the most separation/physical protection for people biking, scooting, etc." while a quarter of respondents wanted to make sure travel times were minimized for people in vehicles, a similar concern to those who chose "Other." This highlights a tension between those wanting more separation and those wanting to preserve traffic lanes along the corridor. Many respondents also provided input about the need to increase the tree canopy along/near the corridor and add landscaping.

Chart showing results from survey question about design trade-offs

Respondents were also either supportive or neutral of the proposed prioritization of bus stop improvements, as well as the recommended bus stop location changes.

We encourage you to review the survey summary and reach out if you have questions.

Next Steps and Other Updates

Taking this feedback into consideration, the project team is finalizing a draft document for 122nd Avenue. This plan will be shared with the public in the next few months, and there will be an opportunity to provide final comments.

Meanwhile, many improvements are already underway. Last week, City Council approved a grant with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to install four new pedestrian crossings along 122nd Avenue. These crossings should begin the design phase later this year. A project to install crossings at NE Davis and SE Clinton Streets is currently in design, and another project will fill lighting gaps between San Rafael Street and Foster Road. Visit the 122nd Avenue website for more information.


122nd Avenue traffic scene with pedestrian island

Visit the plan website to join our email list and learn more about the plan's development: https://www.portland.gov/transportation/planning/122nd-plan

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