PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Oregon state representatives said Tuesday they’ve secured almost $2 million for flashing beacons to improve pedestrian safety at 18 of east Portland’s most dangerous intersections.
The $1.9 million that reps. Shemia Fagan, D-Clackamas, and Jessica Vega Pederson, D-Portland, secured for the beacons came from the general fund.
The funding got the green light because the cost came in less than first expected.
The move to get the money was spurred by the many fatal accidents that involved pedestrians in the area.
“Flashing beacon crosswalks are an affordable and effective method for increasing visibility on busy streets, especially those that lack sidewalks and adequate lighting, as many streets in East Portland do,” the representatives said in a joint press release.
Mayor Charlie Hales praised the funding.
“Safety has to be our first priority, and our state legislators understand this,” he said. “Last year's news of additional funds for sidewalks on 136th Avenue, and today's announcement, means the state is beginning to make the investments we need in our community."
Here is the list of the intersections slated for the flashing beacons:
- SE Foster Rd. & 120th Ave.
- NE Halsey St. & 106th Ave.
- NE Weidler St. & 106th Ave.
- NE 122nd Ave. & Oregon St.
- 122nd Ave. & NE Stephens St.
- NE Glisan St. & 141st St.
- SE Powell Blvd. & 168th Ave.
- NE Glisan St. & 117th Ave.
- SE Stark St. & 113th Ave.
- NE Halsey St. & 136th Pl.
- SE Division St. & 105th Ave.
- 122nd Ave. & NE Stanton St.
- SE 122nd Ave. & Boise St.
- SE Division St. & 165th Ave.
- SE Stark St. & 142nd Ave.
- NE Halsey St. & NE 140th Ave.
- SE Stark St. & 151st Ave.
- NE Glisan St. & 130th Pl.