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North Williams Avenue street design installation begins; left lane to close shortly

Construction begins later this week on a new street design for North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE

North Williams Avenue street design installation begins;

left lane to close shortly

“A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign features safety messages from residents

(September 16, 2014) – Construction begins later this week on a new street design for North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.

The new street design will extend from NE Broadway to Killingsworth Street and will require up to three months to complete. Safety improvements will benefit all travelers, especially pedestrians, and changes will affect the look of the street and traffic flow for all travelers.

Early in the project, the left lane of North Williams Avenue will close to all traffic. No detours will be in effect but alternate routes are available during construction.

The alternate route for people traveling by bicycle is NE Rodney Street, a neighborhood greenway that is a designated bikeway and has been upgraded with speed bumps to discourage cut through motor vehicle traffic. The alternate routes for drivers are NE Martin Luther King Boulevard or N Interstate Avenue.

The new street design will include these major improvements:

  • A new traffic signal will be installed at the busy N Cook Street crossing.
  • New striped crosswalks and curb extensions at five crossings will improve pedestrian visibility, making it safer and easier to cross.
  • Bus and bike travel are being separated to reduce conflicts and improve safety. Buses will continue to stop on the right side of the street while the bike lane will be expanded to a width of 12 feet and transferred to the left side.
  • The speed limit is being lowered to 25 mph along most of the corridor; and 20 mph where foot traffic is highest, between NE Fremont and Skidmore streets.
  • Green transition zones in the left side bike lane indicate where motor vehicles cross the lane to turn left.

 

The left side bicycle lane is expected to open in mid-October, once the Cook Street traffic signal is operational. The crosswalk restriping and additional construction are expected to entail minimal traffic disruption.

The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process to identify how to make N Williams Avenue a safer place for all travelers and to address longstanding community concerns over pedestrian safety in particular.

“A Safer Place for Everyone”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is launching “A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign to inform people of the new street design and encourage all travelers to share the road. The campaign is an outgrowth of the public involvement process where people suggested increased outreach around safety.

The “A Safer Place for Everyone” campaign features residents sending their safety messages to fellow residents via a series of banners and A-boards. The banners, soon to be posted to light fixtures along the corridor, will be displayed through the winter.

The transportation bureau also mailed an “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure to area residents and distributed to local businesses and other gathering places. The public is encouraged to share photos and their own messages on social media with the tag #northwilliams.

More information is available at www.northwilliamssafety.org including a map and construction highlights. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” banner campaign. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure.

Hollywood-Grant Park Sewer and Stormwater Project

Environmental Services is designing a project in the Hollywood, Grant Park and Rose City Park neighborhoods to repair the public sewer system and to reduce stormwater flow into the system. The Hollywood-Grant Park Sewer and Stormwater Project will repair or replace about 21,300 feet of public sewer pipes that are on average 100 years old and failing due to age.

Hollywood-Grant Park Sewer and Stormwater Project

Environmental Services is designing a project in the Hollywood, Grant Park and Rose City Park neighborhoods to repair the public sewer system and to reduce stormwater flow into the system. The Hollywood-Grant Park Sewer and Stormwater Project will repair or replace about 21,300 feet of public sewer pipes that are on average 100 years old and failing due to age. The project will also install 12 green street planters and six sumps to remove about 203,000 gallons of stormwater from the sewer system annually.

Together these improvements will increase public sewer capacity, reduce the amount of sewage flowing into the Sullivan Gulch Trunk Sewer, protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

Construction could begin as early as June 2015 and last for one year.

See the September newsletter at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/502983. For stormwater design information, see the newsletter insert at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/502988.

See the project area map at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/index.cfm?&a=486561. For proposed stormwater facilities locations, see the map at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/502974.

OPEN HOUSE – OCTOBER 14, 2014

We want to hear from you. Please plan to attend the open house to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the early project design.

Tuesday, October 14, 20146:30 - 8:00 p.m.Southeast Asian Vicariate5404 NE Alameda Drive

Talk to members of the project team to learn about pipe repair locations, sump and green street planter locations and construction methods to be used.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

See the project web page at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/hgp. Throughout the Hollywood-Grant Park Sewer and Stormwater Project, we will be sending periodic email updates on the schedule, possible traffic detours, delays and lane restrictions. Please sign up now to receive updates by emailing Rhetta.Drennan@portlandoregon.gov with “HGP” in the subject line.

Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries.

Contact Rhetta Drennan with questions and concerns by email at Rhetta.Drennan@portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-6006.

Cheryl Kuck

Community Outreach and Public Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-823-7898 | Cell Phone: 503-823-8341

Email: Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland's 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project draft Climate Smart Strategy is available for public review and comment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2014.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature required the Portland metropolitan region to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and small trucks by 2035. After four years of collaboration and engagement with regional partners and the public, a draft Climate Smart Strategy is ready for review.

Your voice is important

The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project draft Climate Smart Strategy is available for public review and comment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2014.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature required the Portland metropolitan region to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and small trucks by 2035. After four years of collaboration and engagement with regional partners and the public, a draft Climate Smart Strategy is ready for review. You are invited to provide feedback on the draft approach and implementation recommendations (Regional Framework Plan amendments, toolbox of possible actions and performance monitoring approach) in one of the following ways:

Your voice is important

You are invited to provide feedback during the public comment period from Sept. 15 through Oct. 30, 2014.

  • Take a short survey online at makeagreatplace.org on transportation and land use policies and actions that can shape our communities.

 

To provide more in depth feedback, visit oregonmetro.gov/draftapproach to download and review the draft approach and implementation recommendations (Regional Framework Plan amendments, toolbox of possible actions and performance monitoring approach) and provide comments in one of the following ways:

  • Mail comments to Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232
  • Email comments to climatescenarios@oregonmetro.gov
  • Phone in comments to 503-797-1750 or TDD 503-797-1804
  • Testify at a Metro Council hearing on Oct. 30, 2014, at 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232 in the Council chamber

 

To learn more about the Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project, visit oregonmetro.gov/climatescenarios

Track improvements prompt Portland Streetcar North/South Line to use bus shuttle one week starting Sept. 15

Portland Streetcar advises the traveling public that beginning Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, the North/South (NS) Line will be replaced by a bus shuttle from the stop at SW 11th Avenue and SW Clay Street to the stop at SW Lowell Street & SW Bond Street in the South Waterfront area.

September 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Julie Gustafson

Portland Streetcar, Inc.

503-222-4200

julie.gustafson@portlandstreetcar.org

News Release:

Track improvements prompt Portland Streetcar North/South Line to use bus shuttle

one week starting Sept. 15

(Sept. 12, 2014) Portland Streetcar advises the traveling public that beginning Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, the North/South (NS) Line will be replaced by a bus shuttle from the stop at SW 11th Avenue and SW Clay Street to the stop at SW Lowell Street & SW Bond Street in the South Waterfront area.

Streetcars will serve all other NS Line stops. The Central Loop (CL) Line will not be impacted.

Regular streetcar service will resume on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

This service interruption is necessary to complete construction on a second track on SW 4thAvenue and SW Montgomery Street near Portland State University to allow for the completed Loop operations beginning Sept. 12, 2015 with the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. The completed loop service will bring more frequent service -- with streetcars coming about every 7 minutes -- between South Waterfront and the Pearl District.

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

Please visit www.PortlandStreetcar.org/node/12 to learn more.

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Dylan Rivera

Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation

t: (503) 823-3723 | c: (503) 577-7534

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

website | twitter | publicalerts

Community asks, City responds: Commissioner Fritz, Transportation Director Leah Treat dedicate new Safe Routes to School path through Pier Park to North Portland schools

Friday’s walk home from school was a celebratory occasion for North Portland school children who joined with City officials to parade along a new paved path from Sitton Elementary School through Pier Park to a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Mark Ross, Portland Parks & Recreation

503-823-5300, 503-823-6634

mark.ross@portlandoregon.gov

Photos will be available shortly at https://www.flickr.com/photos/115983598@N06/sets/

NEWS RELEASE

Community asks, City responds:

Commissioner Fritz, Transportation Director Leah Treat dedicate new

Safe Routes to School path through Pier Park to North Portland schools

(September 12, 2014) - Friday’s walk home from school was a celebratory occasion for North Portland school children who joined with City officials to parade along a new paved path from Sitton Elementary School through Pier Park to a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

The new paved path, which is roughly as long as five downtown City blocks, replaces a dirt route that often turned muddy for the hundreds of families that cross Pier Park daily. The path connects several large apartment complexes in this section of St. Johns neighborhood to Sitton and George Middle School as well as to transit, shopping and other services along Lombard and Fessenden Streets.

“It makes me proud to help lead a city that can work together and deliver on an important neighborhood request,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “The trail will be an important connector and improve safety for kids, parents, and other neighbors here in St. Johns.”

The City paved the path in response to community members who organized a petition signed by 400 families asking for improved safety for their children as they traveled to school.

“You asked, and we are delighted to respond and create this safe route to school,” said Leah Treat, who directs the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “I am committed to improving safety throughout Portland, especially around schools. Walking and biking to school safely also means that kids can get a healthy and fun start to their day.”

“Our parks deliver many benefits to Portlanders, and now we can add one more: providing an essential route for kids and families,” said Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Director Mike Abbaté.

The project’s $60,000 cost was shared equally by PBOT and PP&R, with each contributing $30,000.

The project brought together many partners to create a solution to neighbors’ concerns. PBOT’s Safe Routes to School team worked with parents, managers of the apartment complexes next to Pier Park, PP&R, the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention program, Portland Public Schools, Friends of Pier Park, and many other partners to put together a strategy to better serve the families in the neighborhood.

Managers of the nearby apartment complexes are also building new paved paths on their campuses so that families have a continuous network of paved walkways.

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