Neighbors 'tickled pink' after fatal stretch of road gets makeover

PORTLAND, Ore. - A deadly stretch of road in Portland along SE 136th Ave is getting a makeover that neighbors say will save lives.

The area stretches between Holgate and Powell. Neighbors have seen many close calls, too many accidents to count, and just about two years ago, saw a 5-year-old girl die trying to cross the road to her home.

"I am tickled pink that they're getting this done," Betty Snorgrass told KATU News.

She lives along the busy road with her son Jeremy. They were both so excited that Jeremy wrote KATU the following email asking us to share the good news.


The city is hard at work here on SE 136th.
After several tragic deaths, including that of a young girl 2 years ago at the intersection of Harold and 136th, the city promised to bring us street improvements.
The crews are hard at work, installing sidewalks, driveways and curbs at an amazing pace.
This news is worth sharing. These are not just sidewalks that are being built, they represent accessibility for the disabled, safer routes for children to get to school, and more customers for our neighborhood businesses.
Far too often the news focusing on SE Portland is of a negative nature, but there are also good things happening out here, come see.

-Jeremy Snorgrass

A pat on the back for the city from these two, who only wish making good on a promise could also change the past.

"I think those families take a some comfort in knowing it's going to be a little less likely to happen to the next child. But I don't think when you lose a child that way that' there's any comfort that comes from it," Jeremy said.