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Crosswalk missions planned

Pedestrians and motorists in East Multnomah County, beware.

The Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the first of several combined traffic safety patrols on Southeast Powell Boulevard between 111th and 176th avenues from 7 to 11 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

It’s a cooperative effort made possible by Oregon Department of Transportation grants and includes construction work zone enforcement in the Outer Powell Safety Improvements Project.

The $5.5 million project includes safety upgrades and replacing worn-out pavement on this stretch of Powell.

If all goes according to schedule, construction should be done by mid-October.

State troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Portland police will continue to perform extra patrols in the area during construction.

In addition to emphasizing the safety of road crews and contractors, another mission is geared toward pedestrian and motorist safety as the new school year begins.

Gresham police will focus on pedestrian-safety enforcement from 7-10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, near Gordon Russell Middle School, 3625 S.E. Powell Valley Road. Warning signs will be posted near the operation zones.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians waiting to cross a road or who are in the process of crossing. Motorists also must stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in an adjacent lane.

Officers will use their discretion to determine whether to issue citations to those caught not following the traffic rules. Others will receive an educational brochure instead of a citation.

Funding for the pedestrian-safety operation is through a Building Safer Communities Grant and the Alliance for Community Traffic Safety. The operations are part of a series of such missions that took place in recent months.

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