PORTLAND A new set of crosswalk beacons aim to cut down pedestrian fatalities in east Portland, it's an investment that some say is long overdue.

Authorities have called the intersection at Southeast 113th Avenue and Stark Street as one of the most dangerous in all of east Portland.

A new flashing crosswalk beacon will soon be added to that intersection and 17 other intersections in the city.

Two state lawmakers were joined by safety advocates and members of the Portland Bureau of Transportation on Tuesday to announce a $1.9 million down payment to address pedestrian safety in east Portland.

While I am serving only my first term in the Oregon house, I have already attended multiple vigils in east Portland grieving the death of a pedestrian, said east Portland Rep. (D) Shemia Fagan.

Last summer, representative Fagan helped get money for sidewalks along Southeast 136 Avenue after 5-year-old Morgan Maynard-Cook was killed.

She said this is a part of the city that has been neglected for far too long. Fagan sees these investments as a down payment on an overdue debt to the families in east Portland.

Some of the flashing beacons are expected to be finished by the time school begins this fall.

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