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Vehicle lanes to shrink along Foster Road

Foster Road may be the next Portland thoroughfare to go on a “road diet.”

The Portland City Council will consider a new streetscape and transportation plan for Foster between Powell Boulevard and 92nd Avenue next Wednesday, June 11.

The plan would cut the number of vehicle lanes in half, down to one in each direction, while adding a middle strip for left-turn lanes or cars taking refuge while making other turns. That is designed to slow traffic while boosting safety and reducing accidents.

The plan would introduce bicycle lanes on both sides of Foster, as well as make it safer and more inviting for pedestrians by adding curb extensions and crossing improvements.

Street trees, street lights and other improvements also would be made.

The plan has been well-received by neighborhoods and merchants on both sides of Foster, though some neighborhood leaders to the east complain it will lengthen their car commutes into the city and back home again.

The move comes on the heels of other recent moves to shrink the number of vehicle travel lanes along Southeast Division, Northeast Glisan and other streets.

City commissioners are expected to consider a resolution supporting the plan from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, at City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave. downtown.

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