Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been working with neighborhood and business associations over the past year to improve traffic flow on West and East Burnside streets.
After three group meetings and one public open house in 2013, the Eastside working group arrived at a consensus to pursue conversion of East Burnside’s inside westbound travel lane to a center turn lane, because safety gains for all modes of travel are expected, and the pedestrian environment would be enhanced. Because PBOT is uncertain how one continuous westbound lane would operate without opening to two westbound lanes at the signals to accommodate each morning’s commute, it was agreed that physically testing the concept would be best to fully understand the impacts.
PBOT plans on conducting tests at the 28th Avenue intersection on East Burnside this spring that will allow for data to be collected before and during the couple of weeks of testing. That data will show what effects a single westbound lane will have on travel times, delay and queuing at signals, and the potential for vehicles diverting onto other streets.