Portland City Council passes reduced speed limit on stretch of SE Stark Street

Portland City Council will vote April 11, 2018 on whether to lower the speed limit on a stretch of Southeast Stark Street. KATU photo

PORTLAND Ore. - Portland City Council voted Wednesday to lower the speed limit on a deadly stretch of Southeast Stark Street.

The ordinance takes effect immediately, and lowers the speed limit from 35 to 30 miles per hour along SE Stark Street between 109th Avenue and 162nd Avenue.

The proposal was sparked by two recent deadly crashes. One was at Southeast 122nd Avenue.

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The goal is to reduce crashes; especially pedestrian crashes. If a person is hit by a driver going 40 miles per hour, the victim has an 80 percent chance of dying or having severe injuries. But, that number reduces by half when a driver is going 30 miles per hour.

“I think that would be a good thing because this is a high-accident area and it could probably save a lot of lives,” said Aondrea Carter, who agrees with lowering the speed limit.

KATU contacted the Portland Bureau of Transportation to ask when they would replace the signs, but they have not responded yet.

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