Share Your Cornell Stories

Here are a few responses we’ve already had from the community. Please share your experiences below in the comments area.

“Our primary concerns remain the safety of recreational users crossing Cornell while using the Wildwood Trail, along with vehicle impacts on forest health and water quality within the Balch Creek watershed.”

– Stephen Hatfield, Forest Park Conservancy

“We have lived on Cornell Rd for the past 23 years and have seen increasing problems with the volume and speed of the traffic, as well as unsafe driving practices. Winter weather brings several days of treacherous conditions and cars sliding off the road are a frequent occurrence.  As Cornell travels through both neighborhoods and a park, we feel the 45 mph speed limit on Cornell between Miller and 53rd is excessive. The visibility is poor from the majority of driveways entering Cornell in that area and frequently vehicles traveling down hill are exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or more. We would like to see the 35 mph speed limit extended up the hill to Miller Road and stop signs at most intersections: 53rd, Thompson, and Eloise.

Cornell Road has become increasingly popular with bicyclists. The volume and speed of traffic in such close proximity to bicyclists and pedestrians is dangerous.  We feel they should definitely be accommodated and would like to see the bike lane extended up the hill to connect with the bike lane on Skyline.

We feel that Washington County commuters should be encouraged to use the Sunset and measures to increase access and speed commute times should be explored.”

– Barbara Telford/ Barry Olson

“I live on 53rd and because Thompson is currently closed that traffic is now speeding by my house in the morning and evening, without regard for the safety of children or animals.  Turning from 53rd to Cornell is even more difficult because of the blind corner.  Any of my efforts to have the city slow traffic have been in vain.  I think someone has to get killed first.”

– Jim Thrower, Ph.D.

“I live up a steep driveway at Thompson and Cornell, that is on Cornell between Skyline and Thompson. I have lived here for almost 4 years, and in that brief time, I  have seen the traffic increase, and more and more speeding drivers come screaming past. There have been several accidents with cars landing in the deep ditch/creek, which is largely invisible from the road because they are driving too fast.

Traffic is especially bad in the early morning and late afternoon.  Cyclists that frequent Cornell are in danger as drivers speed by overtaking them on curves.  We sometimes have to wait 20 minutes to exit from our driveway in the morning. Cars roll out from Thompson onto Cornell engaging in risky behavior as they enter Cornell. (This road is currently closed so there is even more traffic on Cornell).

It seems clear that we must reduce the speed of the traffic on Cornell.  Speed bumps, now designed so that emergency vehicles are not slowed, would help significantly. A flashing light at Thompson and Cornell is desirable, or a traffic light. It seems reasonable that if the traffic is slowed down, fewer outsiders will choose this Cornell Corridor route because it will no longer provide a quicker alternative.”

– Rene Breier, Ph.D

There are 3 comments .

rene breier —

We have now experienced a near miss on several occasions. Driving down Cornell from Skyline,we slow down and indicate that we are turning into our driveway on Cornell on the left, close to Thompson. A car trailing us zooms by crossing over the double yellow lines, overtaking on the left, as we are about to turn left. This is intolerable and we feel endangered.
We have been in touch with the traffic department about this.

Recently, our mailbox and those of 2 neighbors were struck down on Cornell at Thompson. A car turning onto Thompson from Cornell hit them.
Rene and Bernard Breier

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Bill Derville —

Sunset is generally a mess to get to work which is for me in NW Portland. Widening the tunnel won’t do anything because it is basically a single lane road to get onto I-405 in either direction that requires merging into a lane on I-405.. Until I405 has it own lane from Highway 26 (which means widening I-405, the problem can’t be solved. Pushing more people down a one lane road is a poor solution. Many of us need a car to even go to lunch, visit customers, make deliveries etc. Mass transit doesn’t work for a lot of people. Cornell is a beautiful way to relax on the way to work and enjoy beautiful Portland. Until the Sunset interchange with I405 can be fixed or an alternate route built, it should remain a viable way to get into the city.

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