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Lombard Multimodal Safety Project

Welcome to the Lombard Multimodal Safety Project Online Open House! Please guide yourself through each station to learn more about the project. When you're done, complete a comment form at the Next Steps station (available until April 3).

Additional Information

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-731-4128.


Learn about the purpose of the project and why it is needed.
Learn about project elements that increase safety.
Check out the project schedule and share your feedback.

Background and Project Need

​This project will improve safety for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians along North Lombard, specifically between North Fiske Ave and North Wilbur Ave. A reduction in travel lanes and removal of parking will begin at North Newman Avenue to North Wilbur Ave to best accommodate a new center turn lane and bike lanes. The project also includes many pedestrian improvements throughout the corridor such as new crossings, audible pedestrian signals and ADA ramps.

Why do we need multimodal safety improvements along North Lombard Street?

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On average, a crash occurs every 11 days on this corridor.
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Just over half (53%) of the crashes result in injury.

What can we expect after these improvements?

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Converting the road from 4 lanes to 3 lanes with a center turn lane reduces crashes by 29%.
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Improving traffic signal equipment and traffic signal visibility reduces crashes by up to 25%.
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Adding a left turn lane at a signalized intersection reduces crashes by 19%.

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Elements and Benefits

The Lombard Multimodal Safety Project will improve safety for people driving, biking, walking and using mobility devices (such as wheelchairs) along North Lombard Street between North Fiske Avenue and North Wilbur Avenue.

Project Elements and Benefits

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  • Install new street signs at signalized intersections that will be overhead, larger, and more visible.
  • Install new street signs on unsignalized streets that will be easier to read and more reflective at night.
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ADA Curb Ramps

  • Construct new ramps that meet all the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards to provide better access for all, including wheelchairs and the visually challenged.
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Updated Traffic Signals

  • Install new signals that will improve visibility. Some traffic signals will include protected left turn arrows.
  • Improve pedestrian signals with countdown timers and new push buttons.
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Enhanced Pedestrian Crossing(s)

  • Install Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) signs with median refuge island to provide a safer and more visible crossing at North Drummond.
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Center Turn Lane from North Newman to North Wilbur

  • Provide a separate lane for left turning vehicles. Removing those vehicles from the through travel lane will reduce rear-end crashes and improve traffic flow.
  • Allow space for protected left-turn lanes at selected signalized intersections, improving safety.
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Paving from North Newman to North Wilbur

  • Provide a smooth finished surface.
  • Eliminate "ghost lines" where old striping existed, and make the new striping more visible which improves safety.
  • Install new concrete bus pads at bus stops to improve wear and tear due to heavy transit vehicles.
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Bike Lanes from North Newman to North Wilbur

  • Provide a designated space for bicycles separate from cars and trucks to minimize conflicts and increase safety.
  • Install a one-foot buffer to provide additional separation between the bike lane and vehicle travel lane for improved comfort and safety of bicyclists.

Proposed Cross Section

Proposed roadway cross section

The new cross section will look very similar to Lombard Street farther west, like the example snapshot taken at North Van Houten Ave. (Photo Credit: Google Streetview.)

Access Management and Parking Removal

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What is access management?

Access management is a safety improvement for minimizing potential conflict by:

  • Consolidating driveways to eliminate unnecessary points of conflict.
  • Modifying driveways to meet City of Portland standards to be at least 25 feet from a public street intersection.
  • Modifying driveways to ensure safe entry and exit to and from properties and to meet ADA standards.
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What changes can I expect to parking?

  • On-street parking will be removed on North Lombard between Newman Ave. and North Wilbur Ave. to accommodate the center turn lane and bike lanes, which improves safety for all modes.

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Improvements Map

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    Improvements Map

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Next Steps

Thanks for participating. Find contact information and project schedule information below. We welcome your input; please take a moment to fill out the comment form at the bottom of the page (available until April 3).

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Comment Form

We are interested in learning more about how people use North Lombard Street to help improve the safety for all users. Completing this form is optional, but we appreciate any information you are willing to share.

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