PBOT reduces speed limit on two-mile stretch of Marine Drive

PBOT reduced the speed limit of a two-mile stretch of Marine Drive on Sept. 25, 2018. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Bureau of Transportation reduced the speed limit on a two-mile stretch of North Marine Drive Tuesday.

The stretch of roadway spans between Interstate 5 and Northeast 33rd Drive. The speed will reduce from 40 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.

PBOT won state approval for the change on Aug. 30 in an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Officials say there were 140 reported crashes, and six people were seriously injured, on this stretch of Marine Drive from 2012 to 2016.

A speed safety camera was installed on eastbound Northeast Marine Drive in February. PBOT says the city will issue warnings for the new speed limit for two weeks starting Tuesday. After that, they’ll issue citations starting Oct. 10.

PBOT says Marine Drive is one of 30 streets that comprise Portland’s High Crash Network. The roads in the network make up just 8 percent of Portland streets, but account for 57 percent of fatal crashes that occur in the city.

The cameras on the road are located westbound near Northeast 138th Avenue and eastbound near Northeast 33rd Avenue.

PBOT plans to start several new safety projects on Marine Drive in early 2019 including:

  • Shoulder and centerline rumble strips (NE 33rd to NE 185th)
  • New traffic signal at NE 122nd
  • Buffered bike lanes (NE 112th to NE 122nd)
  • Gaps filled in multiuse path (NE 112th to NE 185th)
  • Rapid flashing beacons (NE 112th and NE 138th)
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