Warning sign going up at fatal downtown intersection

FILE - This accident killed cyclist cyclist Kathryn Leah Rickson, who was crushed beneath a right-turning truck at this downtown intersection in May 2012. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Electronic flashing signals are coming to a downtown Portland intersection where a Portland woman was killed one year ago this week.

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FILE – A ghost bike and helmet mark the intersection at Southwest Madison and Third where cyclist Kathryn Leah Rickson was crushed beneath a right-turning truck in May 2012. (TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT)

A “ghost” bike, painted white, marks the spot at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street where Kathryn Rickson was killed after colliding with a semi-truck that was making a right hand turn from Madison onto Southwest 3rd.

Soon a flashing sign, like one already in operation on Northeast Couch Street, will go up at the scene of that crash.

“These improvements definitely make a difference for safety,” said Dylan Rivera with the Portland Department of Transportation. “We think it’s money well spent, and it’s pretty cheap as far as transportation improvements go.”

Rickson’s death last year was weighed — along with many other near-misses and accidents at the 3rd and Madison intersection — in the city’s decision to put in an electronic warning sign.

Cyclists we talked to say they’re needed.

“You should know that you can’t turn right into a bicyclist,” said cyclist Andrew Zimmerman. “But … if they don’t turn on their signal on, then it’s just a disaster.”

Turn on red
FILE – A semi-truck turned right at this Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street intersection in downtown Portland May 2012, crushing cyclist Kathryn Leah Rickson who was passing by. Now an electronic sign, warning of the dangers, is going up at this fatal intersection. (KOIN 6 News)

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