PORTLAND – A section of Northeast Glisan Street that has seen hundreds of car accidents in the past decade will be getting a safety overhaul starting Monday.
Crews turn the four-lane road into a two-lane road with a turning lane from 60th to 82nd. A crosswalk at 78th Avenue will also be enhanced.
“We’ll have some additional striping and then a median island there in the middle where pedestrians can stand safely and wait to cross the rest of the street,” said Dylan Rivera, spokesperson for the Portland Bureau of Transportation. A flash beacon to alert cars of pedestrians in the crosswalk will also be installed.
The section of road has been the site of more than 300 injuries over the last decade.
Most recently, a woman was crossing Glisan at Northeast 79th Avenue in January when she was struck by a car and killed. Heather Fitzsimmons was crossing inside the crosswalk when she was struck. She was 29 and a popular teacher.
Her mom, Barbara Fitzsimmons said she's hopeful these latest changes will save lives.
“I think it'll make a big difference. I think a lot more people will see it, it will be a lot safer for pedestrians,” she said. “There's a lot of kids in that neighborhood. A lot of Heather's students cross the street there.”
The construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays for several weeks. The new lanes and crosswalks should be fully functional by September
KGW Reporter Collette Wieland contributed to this report.