An surprising assembly has been scheduled to happen tomorrow (Wednesday, September 14th) between the Metropolis of Portland and individuals who reside round NE Tillamook and seventh Avenue.
At concern is the tree and site visitors circle in the midst of offset intersection that was scheduled to be eliminated as a part of the Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway venture. As we reported earlier this month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation deliberate to take away the site visitors circle to enhance visibility and total security of the intersection. It’s a part of a development venture that started September fifth and is anticipated to final till mid-October.
However as phrase of the venture unfold prior to now few weeks, some neighbors say they’re involved that taking out the site visitors circle would possibly really make the road much less secure. A tipster (thanks Aaron P!) despatched us a flyer at this time in regards to the assembly that reads,
“You know the way quick automobiles drive with a site visitors circle right here? Think about a future with nothing however some paint on the street at this intersection. Please be part of us tomorrow night to share your considerations with the town whereas we nonetheless have an opportunity to make a distinction.”
PBOT spokesperson Hannah Schafer confirmed tomorrow’s assembly in a cellphone name at this time and mentioned it’s being held in response to considerations raised by some people within the neighborhood across the elimination of the site visitors circle that emerged after they had been notified of the deliberate development (be mindful PBOT has made it public they plan to take away this circle since early 2020). “We understand that generally our plans can appear counterintuitive,” Schafer mentioned. “Like, eradicating a site visitors circle doesn’t appear to be a security enchancment; however our engineers really feel it’s inflicting extra security considerations then it’s serving to.”
Schafer, who wished to make it clear the neighbors are “pro-biking and excited in regards to the venture typically”, mentioned site visitors circles are outdated and PBOT engineers have new instruments of their toolbox to handle site visitors. On the assembly, Schafer mentioned neighbors will hear extra about why PBOT is assured of their plans and why the intersection might be safer with out the site visitors circle.
“We’re wanting ahead to listening to from the neighborhood,” she added.
It could be useful if PBOT had made their closing design and striping plan public. However to this point they haven’t shared it. Schafer says it must be on the venture web site “shortly.”
For those who’d prefer to attend the assembly, be at NE Tillamook and seventh at 6:00 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/14) evening.