SE Powell Blvd. Community Safety Forum Set for Thursday, Oct. 20

Clarion photo Emma Bass
A student prepares to cross the street at 28th and Powell.

Cleveland High School will be hosting a community forum on Thursday, Oct. 20, to discuss concerns and possible improvements with the safety of SE Powell Boulevard.

Safety in the area has been an increasing concern for the community for several years. Since 2017 there have been six fatal crashes on Powell Blvd. with the most recent passing of Sarah Pliner at the Cleveland intersection. The forum will be specifically focused on how to make this intersection safer for students and the community in general.

Representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, and Portland Public Schools will be in attendance, as well as Oregon state senator Kathleen Taylor and state representatives Rob Nosse and Karin Power.

Cleveland High School employees, students, parents, bike advocates, business owners, and any other community members who would like to see safety improvements are encouraged to gather in the Cleveland auditorium on Thursday. The forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.