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The city also plans to reduce speed limits where possible. The Oregon Department of Transportation holds the authority to adjust speed limits throughout the state, meaning Portland has to submit requests for speed limit reductions.

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION - A map of traffic fatalities in Portland in 2017 and 2018.A new report prepared by the City of Portland and the city's Bureau of Transportation shows fatal traffic crashes in 2018 reached the lowest number in the past four years. But, the city is still working on getting that number to zero.

The report reviews the Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. The report affirmed the city's need to work on improving east Portland streets.

In 2018, 34 people died in Portland traffic crashes. Almost 70% of those fatal crashes occurred east of 82nd Avenue.

That area includes 28 of the top 30 high crash intersections in the city.

The city has objectives to specifically improve pedestrian safety, as an average of 39% of crashes during the last five years involved pedestrians.

The city will be using tactics like increasing the number of leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs) at traffic signals. LPIs give pedestrians the "walk" signal before cars get a green light in order to give people walking a head start improve visibility when cars are making a left turn.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can read the rest of their story here.

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