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Traffic Signal Improves Safety

New Seasons, Legacy and other businesses pay for upgrade

10/21/2015, 2:55 p.m.
A new traffic signal is improving safety at the intersection of North Vancouver Avenue and Cook Street.
A new traffic signal at North Vancouver Avenue and Cook Street provides a safety upgrade for a busy traffic corridor. Pedestrian Joy Mack was one of the first to use the new crossing during last week’s activation celebration.

A new traffic signal is improving safety at the intersection of North Vancouver Avenue and Cook Street. The device went on-line last week, made possible by a partnership between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and a group of nearby property owners, including the American Red Cross, Legacy Health, Kaiser Group, Karuna Properties, Cook Street Apartments and New Seasons Market.

The signal will improve safety for people riding bicycles on Portland’s busiest bike route and people walking will now have crosswalks and pedestrian signals - making it easier and safer for them to navigate.

The Fremont Bridge opened in 1973, but traffic signals were not installed on the nearby streets, creating traffic flow problems and safety concerns at nearby intersections. The un-signalized intersection had been on the city’s top 10 list for right angle crashes.

A Local Improvement District allowed property owners to pool their resources to share the cost of the improvements.

“Credit goes to the members of the Boise and Eliot neighborhoods and the local business community – many of whom have been advocating for this traffic signal for a very long time,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, “It is because of their community spirit and persistence that we have this signal here today.”