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Commissioner Steve Novick

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Phone: 503-823-4682

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1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

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The intersection of transportation and health

On May 29, 2013, Portland City Council unanimously voted to revise the City of Portland Health Plan and City of Portland Cafeteria Plan to reflect recommendations made by the City's Labor Management Benefits Committee and the Bureau of Human Resources. Commissioner Novick made the following comments in response: 

I just wanted to make a couple of comments. One is that it is an interesting coincidence that we were talking about transportation and now we’re talking about health and wellness, because there is a connection between the two and we should always remember that when we make investments in active transportation in Portland, we’re making investments in health. Meaning, in Copenhagen, where 40% of all trips are taken by bicycle, the government justifies their investments in bicycle infrastructure by the return they see in terms of reduced health care costs. So our City’s values, in terms of active transportation, fit in well with our goals in terms of health. I also wanted to say that the work that Cathy [Bless, the City’s Benefits Manager,] and the Labor Management Benefits Committee does is important, and it’s innovative, and it’s far sighted. I think that this City, along with some other private sector employers in the region, such as Intel, that are looking really hard at health care costs and innovative strategies, can be models and partners to the rest of the region. I think that this is an area that we can be very proud of what we have done and are going to do. So, thank you.

Listen to Commissioner Novick's comments here.

SE Summer Construction Road Closures

All schedules are subject to change and dependent on weather and other factors. For the most up to date information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.

 

May 2013 – October 2014

Division Streetscape Project

Pedestrian improvements, street paving, sewer construction and stormwater management improvements will restrict traffic lanes on SE Division Street between SE 11th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard. The project will improve safety and access for pedestrians, bicyclists, people with disabilities and local businesses; make the sewer system more reliable; and add green infrastructure to make sewers work more efficiently and improve watershed health.

 

June 28 – July 18

SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard Sewer Project

Sewer construction will close SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard to through traffic between SE Hawthorne Boulevard and SE Division Street 24 hours a day for up to 21 consecutive days, and will completely close the intersection of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and SE Harrison Street. Detour signs will direct traffic to SE 30th and SE 50th avenues. The SE Lincoln Street neighborhood greenway will remain open across Cesar Chavez during construction. The project will replace 120-year-old sewers to improve sewer system reliability and protect public health.

 

July 15 – August 5

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

Light rail construction will close SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues to through traffic along the light rail project near SE Division Street. The project will also create safer crossings, improve bike and pedestrian access and make safety improvements necessary for the City of Portland to acquire approval of a Quiet Zone, so train horns will only sound if there is an immediate safety issue.

 

August 2013

SE Clay Green Street Project

Green street construction and pedestrian and traffic improvements will cause temporary lane restrictions on SE Clay Street between SE 12th and SE Water avenues. The project will create safer connections to the Willamette River and an urban greenway through the Central Eastside Industrial District, improve sewer service and enhance watershed health.

 

August 5 – August 24

Division Streetscape Project

Sewer construction will close SE Division Street between SE 26th Avenue and SE 28th Place 24 hours a day for 19 consecutive days. Eastbound traffic will detour to SE Clinton Street, westbound traffic to SE Grant Street. The Portland Noise Office granted a variance to allow construction outside of normal work hours. The project will replace 80- to 100-year- old sewers to improve sewer system reliability and protect public health.

 

August 5 – August 9

Stephens Street Streetcar Turnback

Portland Streetcar construction will close SE Stephens Street at SE Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Boulevard 24 hours a day with local business access only. The work will also close one to two lanes of traffic on SE MLK for all hours except for 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The project will add streetcar tracks to allow the streetcar to turn around from southbound to northbound. This will allow Portland Streetcar service to continue even during construction of a connection to the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project’s new bridge later this year and during future events.

 

August 25 – August 31

Division Streetscape Project

Sewer construction will close SE Division Street between SE 34th and SE 37th avenues 24 hours a day for seven consecutive days. Eastbound traffic will detour to SE Clinton Street, westbound traffic to SE Grant Street. The Portland Noise Office granted a variance to allow construction outside of normal work hours. The project will replace 80- to 100-year- old sewers to improve sewer system reliability and protect public health.

 

Other Significant Portland Area Construction Projects:

 

June 28 – July 1

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project  

MAX Light Rail construction will close the SW 5th Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 5 starting at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 1. The project will expand the light rail system to 60-miles and improve public transit service between Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County.

 

July 12 – August 5

Interstate 84 Summer Repaving, Oregon Department of Transportation  

Repaving of Interstate 84 will close the highway and related on-ramps for several weekends, 24 hours a day.

  • July 12-15 eastbound closure
  • July 19-22 westbound closure
  • August 3-5 westbound closure



For more information, see project web sites

 

News Media Contacts:

TriMet, Mary Fetsch, 503-962-6403

Portland Bureau of Transportation, Dylan Rivera, 503-823-3723

Bureau of Environmental Services, Linc Mann, 503-823-5328

Oregon Department of Transportation, Don Hamilton, 503-731-8265