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Public comments sought on county Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program Update

Multnomah County welcomes public comments on its proposed Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program (CIPP) Biennial Update for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE   Release:  April 17, 2015           Contact:   Mike Pullen, Communications Office, mike.j.pullen@multco.us, 503-209-4111                   

Public comments sought on county Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program Update

Multnomah County welcomes public comments on its proposed Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program (CIPP) Biennial Update for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.

The purpose of the CIPP is to ensure limited public funds are invested in transportation projects providing the greatest public benefit. The plan is updated every five years and is reviewed biennially for programming corrections. In addition to programming corrections, this biennial update includes updates to the Willamette River bridges and fish passage culvert criteria and prioritized project lists.

The Public Review Draft of the CIPP can be reviewed online at multco.us/cipp. To submit comments or questions about the proposed CIPP update, email them to trans.plan@multco.us or by mail to: CIPP Comments, 1600 S.E. 190th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233. Comments can also be submitted online at the website.  Public comments are welcome through May 6, 2015.The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will conduct a hearing on the adoption of the CIPP Update, tentatively scheduled for May 28, 2015.

What is the CIPP Process?

The CIPP is a two-part process. The Capital Improvement Plan identifies and ranks transportation improvement needs on county roadways and bridges over the next 20 years.  The county’s network of roads and bridges lies outside the cities of Gresham and Portland, with the exception of five Willamette River bridges within Portland.   Projects that accommodate all modes of transportation — motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle, and improvements to fish passage culverts — are considered. County staff use objective criteria to evaluate and score potential projects. Criteria include safety, health, equity, access to transit, congestion relief, support of regional land use goals, and community support.

The Capital Improvement Program assigns anticipated revenues to the highest priority projects for a five-year period. The program is reviewed by the County Transportation Division annually for programming updates. The annual updates ensure that anticipated capital revenues are adjusted to more current projections, and capital project expenditures are allocated appropriately.

Transportation Planning contact: Joanna Valencia, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner 503-988-0219 joanna.valencia@multco.us

Members sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: April 16, 2015

Contact: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Members sought for Multnomah County

Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:

  • Major collector and arterial roads in the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village
  • Roads in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including the West Hills, Sauvie Island, and areas east and west of the Sandy River
  • Five Willamette River bridges in the City of Portland (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood)

Individuals who are interested in transportation issues affecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled are encouraged to apply. The committee advises the county’s Transportation and Land Use Division on matters that involve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, including project review and budget recommendations.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than May 15, 2015. Applications are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

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Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

Hawthorne Bridge closed Sunday for maintenance

The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed to all users this Sunday, April 26 from 7 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m. during annual maintenance work. During the closure crews will grease the counterweight cables and complete other annual maintenance tasks. The lift span will be in the raised position during much of the work. The work is weather dependent and will need to be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: April 21, 2015

Contact: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Bus stop to close for a month on April 26 during repairs

Hawthorne Bridge closed Sunday for maintenance

The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed to all users this Sunday, April 26 from 7 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m. during annual maintenance work. During the closure crews will grease the counterweight cables and complete other annual maintenance tasks. The lift span will be in the raised position during much of the work. The work is weather dependent and will need to be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain.

Alternate river crossings include the Burnside and Ross Island bridges and (for vehicles weighing less than 10 tons) the Morrison Bridge. TriMet bus routes that normally cross the Hawthorne Bridge will be detoured across the Burnside Bridge. The Hawthorne Bridge closure will not impact river traffic.

Also on the Hawthorne Bridge, the westbound bus stop above SE Water Ave. will close on April 26 for approximately one month during bridge repairs near the stop. A concrete column crossbeam near the bus stop has cracks that will be repaired. A steel beam above the crossbeam will be lifted so that the concrete crossbeam can be repaired with new concrete and reinforcement. Another concrete crossbeam on the east side of Water Ave. will be repaired later this spring.

Multnomah County maintains the Hawthorne Bridge, five other Willamette River bridges and 300 miles of roads. For more information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.

Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on SW Jefferson Street from SW Park Avenue to SW Naito Parkway from April 23-27

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Jefferson Street from SW Park Avenue to SW Naito Parkway from Thursday, April 23 to Monday, April 27 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: SPRING PAVING TO CLOSE LANES ON SW JEFFERSON STREET FROM SW PARK AVENUE TO SW NAITO PARKWAY FROM APRIL 23-27

News Release from Portland Bureau of Transportation
Posted on FlashAlert: April 21st, 2015 2:15 PM

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Jefferson Street from SW Park Avenue to SW Naito Parkway from Thursday, April 23 to Monday, April 27 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface to pave 1.1 lane miles.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Crews will return during a window of dry weather to complete paving.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Contact Info:
Diane Dulken 503-577-8236
Dylan Rivera 503-577-7534

News Release: Leaf Day spring garden compost for sale during three special weekends as well as weekdays

Leaf Day has come full circle, with spring garden compost now available for sale to the public from leaves collected last fall during the bureau’s zero waste Leaf Day Pickup service.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552, c: 503-577-8236

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

@PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE:

Leaf Day compost now available for sale at Sunderland Recycling;

expanded hours to include three weekends

(April 21, 2015) – Leaf Day has come full circle, with spring garden compost now available for sale to the public from leaves collected last fall during the bureau’s zero waste Leaf Day Pickup service.

For this year’s spring compost sale, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is expanding its hours at the Sunderland Recycling Yard, and is now open during the next three weekends except for Mother’s Day in addition to regular weekday hours.

The recycling yard, at 9325 NE Sunderland Road, will be open to the public the weekends of April 25-26, May 2-3 and May 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the special weekend openings, Sunderland is open to the public during its regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost for each cubic yard, which will typically fit in a small truck bed, is $24.

“For the first time, PBOT is expanding hours to make more compost available to the public,” said Sunderland Program Manager Jill Jacobsen. “Those who do purchase Leaf Day garden compost return year after year because of the quality and the price.”

As a member of the United States Compost Council, the recycling yard monitors its compost six times a year for quality, maturation, organic content, trace metals, pathogens, and particle size,

After collecting 14,691 cubic yards of leaves from city neighborhoods during the 2014 Leaf Day program, the bureau has turned 99.98 percent of the leaves into compost, yielding 4,301 cubic yards of compost and creating only .02 percent of waste.

In addition to making compost available for purchase by the public, Leaf Day compost also is used by City crews for plantings and erosion control and also is donated to community gardens.

Portland’s Leaf Day collection program begins in early November and runs through mid-December to pick up leaves from neighborhoods with large numbers of mature trees. Removing leaves from streets helps reduce slippery road conditions, increasing the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Street leaf removal also reduces street flooding caused by clogged storm drains. Portland’s infrastructure also benefits from the reduced amount of leaves entering the storm drains.

More information about the leaf composting program at Sunderland Recycling Facility can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/319723.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Diane Dulken

Public Information Officer

Portland Bureau of Transportation

1120 SW Fifth Avenue 8th Floor, Portland OR 97204

(503)823-5552 | c:(503)577-8236

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

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