PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –A major upgrade began Monday to make a stretch of NE Glisan safer by adding a center turn lane and a pedestrian refuge island.
The area affected is between 60th and 80th avenues, a section that’s had its share of accidents over the years.
Dr. Dwight Reid owns Bridgetown Chiropractic on NE Glisan and 78th. He was working the night a woman was killed trying to get across the crosswalk.
“We’ve seen one person die, a pedestrian die, we’ve seen a lot of motor vehicle accidents out here,” he told KOIN 6 News. “It’s very dangerous.”
Even before that, he said, he contacted the city multiple times to report the dangers of that stretch of raod.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will convert NE Glisan from 60th to 80th into a three-lane road with a center-turn lane. Parking will be allowed at all hours and a pedestrian refuge island will be installed, along with a pedestrian-activated “Rapid Flash Beacon” at NE Glisan and 78th.
Reid thinks the turn lane should help.
Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until August 6.
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