City’s last ‘20 mph’ sign placed in Mill Park

See the City’s final residential speed limit sign installed – it’s in outer East Portland …

After posting more than 2,000 of these signs throughout the city, here’s is the last sign to be installed – In the Mill Park neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The “20 is Plenty” campaign set a milestone with its final speed limit sign installation on Tuesday morning, April 9, on SE Salmon Street, just east of SE 122nd Boulevard.

Television cameras were there, as workers from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) posted their final 20 mph sign.

PBOT workers slide the sign and pole out of the truck

… and insert the new sign in its retaining base.

“PBOT thanks Oregon State Rep. Rob Nosse [District 42 (D)] who sponsored House Bill 2682 in 2017 to allow the City of Portland to reduce speed limits from 25 mph to 20 mph on residential streets,” said PBOT Public Information Officer Dylan Rivera at the site.

When the Portland City Council approved that change, implementing HB 2682, on February 6 of 2018 PBOT crews started replacing 25 mph speed limit signs.

> See our story about the first 20 mph sign being installed: CLICK HERE.

“Today, we complete the sign replacement project,” Rivera said, “which includes doubling the number of residential speed limit signs citywide – from fewer than 1,000 signs to more than 2,000.”

PBOT spokesperson Dylan Rivera says they’ve installed more than twice the previous number of residential speed signs in Portland, showing the 20 mph speed limit.

Rivera explained, “Most residential streets in Portland are narrow, have few marked crosswalks, and no bike lanes. Given the tight space and lack of protection for people walking, using mobility devices, and biking, it is important that people drive slowly on residential streets.”

Hopefully, the new 20 mph speed limit will reduce or eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in outer East Portland.  Heed them!

After successfully installing their last of thousands of speed limit signs, these PBOT workers head off to for the next item on their to-do list.

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