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Citizens Hold PBOT Accountable for Full St. Johns Truck Strategy – Phase II

Several pedestrian safety measures included in the St. Johns Truck Strategy – Phase II are not to be included when Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begins improvements on St. Louis / Fessenden and N Lombard next spring. At the August General Meeting, SJNA invited both Rich Newlands, PBOT Project Manger, and Donna Cohen, St. Johns resident and citizen activist, to provide respective updates.

According to PBOT, due to federal funding constraints, they cannot include 3 flashing pedestrian crossing signs (starred below) when spring construction begins on the $3.3 million dollar project. The signs, planned for N Seneca, N Charleston, and N Midway would dramatically improve safety when crossing at the sharp bend on St. Louis / Fessenden, as well as at another very active intersection.

After continued pressure from community advocates, PBOT and Commission Dan Saltzman have renewed their commitment to find the funding for the rest of project. However, the measures would only be installed months following the completion of the remaining Phase II improvements.

“We’ve heard this all before,” cautions 2 community members who worked with PBOT to negotiate Phase II of the St. Johns Truck Plan back in 2011. “During the 17 months of negotiations with PBOT, they never mentioned any funding constraints or other foreseen problems. Now, this.”

Phase II was approved in its entirety by the City of Portland back in 2013. It includes 8 projects designed to reduce truck traffic and improve bike and pedestrian safety along the route:

  • Reduced speed from 35 to 30, 25 if possible
  • Instal median islands at 7 intersections
  • Plant trees to promote designation as a neighborhood street
  • Install 2 flashing speed reader signs at either end of the large curve
  • Extend curbs to shorten pedestrian crossing distances
  • Install 2 Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB)*
  • Erect 1 overhead ‘HAWK’ signal*

We hope to have PBOT’s presentation available soon.

View Donna Cohen’s presentation for the August SJNA General Meeting here, and follow on Facebook to get every update and contribute to community efforts.

Click here to review the St. Johns Truck Strategy – Phase II.

Proposed Edits to the SJNA Bylaws

At the August General Meeting, the SJNA Board proposed several updates to the Neighborhood Association Bylaws. 

To revise SJNA bylaws, all revision proposals must be presented to the community at one public meeting, and then approved by General Member vote at the next month’s meeting.

An overview of the proposed revisions are below. 

    • Article 3, Section 2 – expanding voting attendance requirement to include one (1) of the last two (2) board meetings
    • Article 5, Section 4 – expanding the definition of a quorum to nine (9) non-Board members and four (4) member of the Executive Board, and a Board quorum as fifty (50) percent of the Executive Board
    • Article 6, Section 1 – expanding the Executive Board to 15 members, and creating official positions for the Outreach Chair and SALT Chair (Safety and Livability Team)
    • Article 6, Section 4 – requiring executive positions to be made by a majority board vote
    • Article 6, Section 6 – stating board positions may be replaced by a two-thirds (2/3) vote
    • Article 6, Section 7 – adjusting board committee participation requirements
    • Article 12 – adding housing status as a protected class, acceptable for General Membership

CLICK HERE to review all proposed revisions.

If you have attended either the August or June General Meeting, you may vote on revision proposals at the September General Meeting, the second Monday of the month, starting at 7PM.

 

THIS MONDAY – TRAFFIC SAFETY FORUM @ 7PM

St. Johns’ diversity, small town feel, and role as a freight/commuter corridor all inherently present very different traffic safety truths and experiences among neighbors. It is important all residents have the opportunity to be heard and acknowledged as we consider people’s safety and appropriate neighborhood comfort in each area of our large community. Within this context the St. Johns Neighborhood Association is hosting a Transportation/Traffic Safety Forum for the benefit and well-being of neighbors from all backgrounds and experiences.

Special Guests:
Ana Jovanovic – Oregon Department of Transportation
Margie Bradway – Portland Bureau of Transportation
Tina Kotek – Oregon State House of Representatives, District 44

St. Johns Community Center
7PM | Monday, Nov. 14th