Portland, Oregon 2021-05-07 23:54:18 –
Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Sharon Cummins lives near the corner of northeastern Alberta and 82nd Avenue. She said there was always “some kind of confusion” happening.
“The car braked, sneaked, and unfortunately had an accident,” she said.
Her fence is where the monument to Anthony Tollive, a 30-year-old pedestrian who was killed by a driver who hit and run outside the house about two weeks ago, is on the rise.
“We came out looking at the lights and listening to the sirens. Police tapes were everywhere,” Cummins said.
Another man was killed to the same extent within two weeks of Triver’s death.
According to Cummins, there are many speed-based accidents, but many aren’t paying attention to crossing the street.
“I think we need pedestrian safety measures as well as speed limits,” she said.
Director of Scott Cocher, Oregon Walk, 82nd Avenue said it is one of the most dangerous streets in Oregon.
“This is the area where two people were killed in two separate collisions attempting to cross 82nd Avenue,” Kocher said. “Since 2009, 15 people have died on 82nd Avenue. Security advocates have been trying to improve this high-collision corridor for years.”
Therefore, he helped coordinate safety meetings with members of the community and called for more safety measures on the road.
“Every day dozens of people cross between hotels and convenience stores without a pedestrian crossing,” he said. “On the night of that dangerous kind of interaction, those close calls will be fatal.”
The· Oregon Transport Authority This week, we promised to lower the speed limit by 5 mph and provide more than $ 3 million to improve safety.
“Some areas include new lighting, including new high-speed flash beacons and pedestrian-powered amber lights,” said Don Hamilton of ODOT. “We are including a new safe island. Some areas are also including new pedestrian crossings.”
Hamilton added that ODOT has launched a project of about $ 27 million on 82nd Avenue in the last decade. “We plan to spend about $ 29 million on the project over the next five years.”
Kocher feels it’s a drop in the bucket. He said the city estimated that it would need $ 100 million to overhaul 82nd Avenue. He hopes that road management will be taken over by the city of Portland. The City of Portland believes that changes can be made more quickly.
“We have ignored this corridor for decades, and the people who live here have more rights,” Kocher said.
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