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The Worst Intersections in Portland
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Your GPS and cell phone signals are providing traffic data for
the Oregon Department of Transportation. Through a Washington company called
INRIX, half the vehicles on the road in Portland are providing traffic data
everywhere they go. Now, traffic engineers can easily identify the most
congested spots in Portland.

These trouble spots were identified in "Traffic – Where NOT
to Drive", a
recent piece in the Portland Tribune
.  They are
all over the city, so the odds are good that many Portland commuters encounter
at least one of these intersections daily.

  • Cesar Chavez Boulevard at NE Sandy Boulevard:  this 3-lane intersection near the entrance to I-84 is notoriously congested due to the convergence of several main thoroughfares.  
  • SW Naito Parkway at
    Market Street
    :  the nearby entrance
    to I-5 is the cause of daily commuter delays.
  • SW Macadam Avenue at
    Sellwood Bridge
    : the shortest route from Clackamas County into SE Portland,
    the entrance to the crumbling
    Sellwood Bridge
    is a daily chokepoint for many drivers.

Some of
the most congested intersections are also the most dangerous for pedestrians
and cyclists.

These intersections are in designated “High Crash
Corridors”. This means there is a high concentration of
motor vehicle accidents with serious injuries or fatalities – and that the city
of Portland is taking steps to improve the safety of these areas.

SE Foster at I-205 Interchange 

SW Barbur Boulevard at

SE Powell Boulevard at
Milwaukie Avenue

Read the full article, or learn
more about the High Crash Corridor Program

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