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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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SE 52nd Avenue Signals – SE Woodstock Street and SE Steele Street

Overview map of 52nd and Steele and 52nd and Woodstock

What’s happening now? 

Today, traffic along SE 52nd Avenue backs up when people on SE 52nd Avenue attempt to make left turns onto SE Steele Street since there is no protected left turn phase (green arrow for left turns). To avoid these backups, people often choose to make their left turns in extremely tight gaps or backed up traffic will use the bike lane to get around people waiting to turn (which is both illegal and dangerous). To remedy this, 52nd Avenue and Steele will include a new traffic signal and protected left turn lanes, prioritizing traffic along 52nd and from the west side of Steele.

Community feedback—the majority citing safety concerns—served as the primary catalyst for the other component of this project, 52nd Avenue and Woodstock. Like 52nd Avenue and Steele, 52nd Avenue and Woodstock will include a new traffic signal, and new protected left turn lanes.

The intersection of 52nd Avenue and Woodstock is the priority for this project and is fully funded. The intersection of 52nd Avenue and Steele is currently on hold for construction pending additional funding. A project schedule for SE 52nd Avenue and SE Steele Street will be available once funding is secured.

Construction Date: Anticipated construction for SE 52nd Avenue and SE Woodstock Street is fall/winter of 2020. Construction for SE 52nd Avenue and Steele Street is to be determined.

Current Project Phase: Design 

Total Project Budget:$1 million, locally funded through Signals and Streetlighting’s signal rebuild fund 

Project Map: 


Project Manager Contact Information:  

David Backes 



Last Updated: [15 August, 2019]