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Commissioner Steve Novick

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Portland's New Work Zone Guidelines

This morning, City Council adopted a resolution to create safe accommodations for pedestrian and cyclists in and around construction work zones. Through this adoption, the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has greater authority to provide safe, convenient, ADA-compliant routes for pedestrian and bicyclists through construction sites. PBOT expects to fully incorporate these guidelines into the building permit process for new projects in 2017.

Strong economic conditions and a high demand for housing have resulted in a development boom.  One of the consequences of that boom is that some pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes have been closed, making everyone more vulnerable to serious injuries. Under the new work zone guidelines, barricades, mobility ramps or pavement markings alongside a construction site will be considered before directing pedestrians and bicyclists across the street.

Over the next few months, PBOT will initiate education and enforcement campaigns for these new standards. PBOT has already begun working with contractors to help them adjust their work plans. Next year, Portlanders will have an easier time navigating construction sites throughout the city. Portland families deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit, and drive. PBOT aims to make our transportation system the safest possible and to move toward zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the next 10 years.