PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The fatal crashes in Portland in the early weeks of 2022 underscore the plans ODOT said are in motion to make safety improvements in certain areas.

Last Thursday, one person died in a crash at the intersection of SE McLoughlin and Holgate Boulevard, where another fatal crash happened in September 2021. Neighbors told KOIN 6 News they want safety improvements at that intersection.

ODOT’s Don Hamilton said there aren’t any safety improvements at that spot in the works right now. “We have to look at the numbers and find out exactly what’s going on there,” he said.

But anytime there’s a fatality in a specific spot, that road is on ODOT’s radar, he said, and they encourage residents to reach out to them with information and questions.

One spot that is on the clock for safety improvements is Southeast Powell Boulevard, the area where a hit-and-run driver killed a pedestrian Saturday night.

Hamilton said the area around Southeast Powell “has grown up so much in the past couple of years, and we’ve really got to do everything we can to make sure that the traffic and transportation improvements grow up with it.”

ODOT SE Powell Transportation Safety Project

They will add sidewalks, lighting and improve pedestrian crossings there.

“That’s what these projects are about out there on Southeast Powell, to try to make sure we can match the safety improvements with the growth of the area,” he said.