Glen Oak Road Speed Limit Being Lowered

The speed limit on Glen Oak Road is being lowered to 30 mph. Back in 2021, neighbors raised concerns over the speed limit on Glen Oak Road. A review of the corridor showed a substantial change in the context of the corridor between 1999 and 2020. Based on the growth of the area, additional multi-family housing, numerous driveways and side streets, the addition of a city park, the Oregon City High School athletic fields, as well as on-street parking, all led to the need to review the speed limit based on how the roadway is used today.

From March 18, 2021 to May 4, 2021 the city asked for neighborhood feedback on the speed limit along Glen Oak Road. We received 110 unique submissions, with a range of preferred speed limits. A complete Corridor Analysis of Glen Oak Road was presented to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) in June 2021. This review included a Speed & Volume Analysis, review of Corridor Conditions, a look at Safety in the corridor, and a summary of Neighborhood Feedback received. The TAC requested that staff prepare a Speed Zone Request to the State, requesting a speed limit of 30 mph on Glen Oak Road. That request was submitted to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), who establishes speed limits in Oregon, in September 2021.

Due to impacts from the global pandemic and wildfires our area experienced in 2020, as well as personnel changes at ODOT, review of our Speed Zone Request at ODOT was delayed. Oregon City recently received an approval from ODOT to lower the speed limit on Glen Oak Road 35 mph to 30 mph. Earlier this week, crews were out and installed new 30 mph speed limit signs.  Please be aware of this lower speed.

Wondering what others thought of the corridor or what we found in our technical review? The full memorandum by staff to the TAC can be found in the June 15, 2021 TAC meeting: 

Additionally, the ODOT Investigation of the corridor is also available.