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Southwest Neighborhoods news, Nov. 2014

E-newsletter of Southwest Neighborhoods (SWNI) for November 2014: Annual fall cleanup, Sat. Nov. 1; SW Neighborhoods small grants deadline, Jan. 16; SWNI Tree Code Workshop, Nov. 18; Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan, Nov. 4; Open House, more...

Upper Larch Mountain Road closes November 6

Multnomah County Transportation will close the upper section of Larch Mountain Road in the Columbia Gorge on Thursday morning, November 6 for the winter season. Every autumn the county closes upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near mile post 10. The closure protects the traveling public from adverse weather conditions and reduces maintenance costs associated with snow removal. The gate is opened each spring. The gate will be closed by noon on November 6.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: October 29, 2014

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

Upper Larch Mountain Road closes November 6

Multnomah County Transportation will close the upper section of Larch Mountain Road in the Columbia Gorge on Thursday morning, November 6 for the winter season. Every autumn the county closes upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near mile post 10. The closure protects the traveling public from adverse weather conditions and reduces maintenance costs associated with snow removal. The gate is opened each spring. The gate will be closed by noon on November 6.

Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County, reaching an altitude of 4055 feet. Multnomah County maintains Larch Mountain Road and 300 miles of roads and bridges. For more information, visit www.multco.us/roads.

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

Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, Nov. 2, continues through December 17 to collect and compost leaves in neighborhoods with mature trees

The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, November 2, and extends through December 17, 2014 offering a one- or two-day leaf collection and composting service in neighborhoods with mature trees.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

@PBOTinfo

Additional leaf photos on https://www.flickr.com/photos/115983598@N06/sets/72157648810460996/

NEWS RELEASE:

Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, Nov. 2, continues through December 17

to collect and compost leaves in neighborhoods with mature trees

(October 28, 2014) - The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, November 2, and extends through December 17, 2014 offering a one- or two-day leaf collection and composting service in neighborhoods with mature trees.

In addition, the Portland Bureau of Transportation urges all residents to keep streets and storm drains clear of leaves in the coming weeks to prevent slippery conditions and street flooding, which can occur when storm grates become clogged or when leaves are left in the street. The Transportation Bureau asks residents to sweep up leaves as they fall and place them in yard debris roll carts for collection and composting.

The city’s leaf pickup service is provided to 30 designated leaf removal districts in neighborhoods whose high concentration of street trees need a higher level of service than residents’ and the city’s regular street cleaning operation can provide.

The Transportation Bureau composts all leaves that are picked up through the program at its Sunderland Recycling Facility. Last year, the Leaf Day service collected 12,681 cubic yards of leaves, turning them into 2,536 cubic yards of compost and zero waste. One cubic yard is roughly the amount that can fill a small pickup truck.

Residents in leaf districts have received letters and brochures notifying them of the service, which typically costs $15 for one Leaf Day and $30 for two. The letters also show how to opt out of the service for residents who wish to remove leaves themselves. The last day for opting out is November 1. People may verify their dates of service and find other information at www.Portlandoregon.gov/leafday. Residents with questions may call 503-865-LEAF (5323).

As clocks turn back, PBOT urges additional visibility, care while traveling; crosswalk enforcement action slated to promote pedestrian safety Nov 5 at N Lombard St at N Leavitt Ave

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS ADVISORY:

As clocks turn back, PBOT urges additional visibility, care while traveling;

crosswalk enforcement action slated to promote pedestrian safety

Nov 5 at N Lombard St at N Leavitt Ave

(October 29, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2nd, which means the clock turns back one hour and darkness arrives earlier in the afternoon. The City is urging all travelers to be visible and look out for each other, especially as people adjust to the time switch and low light conditions of late fall and winter.

Drivers can do their part by driving at or below the posted speed and continuously scanning the environment for pedestrians and people on bicycles and being ready to stop as needed.

Bicyclists, by state law, must have a white front light and rear red reflector or red light at a minimum.

Pedestrians are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, carrying a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear.

Crosswalk enforcement action promotes safety

The City police and transportation bureaus are holding this month’s crosswalk enforcement action during the evening rush hour to reinforce the need for drivers to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in the crossing at all times.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws.

Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

The N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue crossing has a marked crosswalk (marked on one leg), curb extensions, and signage to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crossing.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879.

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