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News Release: Traffic enforcement and education action on SE Clinton Street to highlight safety on neighborhood greenways

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a traffic education and enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 on SE Clinton Street between SE 12th Avenue and SE 50th Avenue from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Link to this release: http://bit.ly/1PjA9MR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-3723

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE:

Traffic enforcement and education action on SE Clinton Street

to highlight safety on neighborhood greenways

(February 9, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a traffic education and enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 on SE Clinton Street between SE 12th Avenue and SE 50th Avenue from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

The action is part of the project to enhance the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway and make it more inviting for people who are walking and biking. As part of the overall improvement of the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway, PBOT installed two traffic diverters on SE Clinton Street at SE 17th Avenue and SE 32nd Avenue in early January. During public meetings to discuss the project last year, community members asked PBOT to initiate an education and enforcement campaign to make people driving aware of the unique role that neighborhood greenways play in encouraging walking and biking. Police and PBOT collaborated on an enforcement action Dec. 15, before the diverters were installed, and are returning for additional enforcement now that the diverters have been in place for a month.

The Portland City Council has also made a commitment to protect and enhance the city’s neighborhood greenways.

During the enforcement action, the Portland Police Bureau will be on the lookout for violations that threaten the safety of people walking and biking. These violations include people driving who violate “do not enter- except bicycles” sign, illegal and unsafe U-turns, and people driving vehicles (including scooters and motorcycles) through the new diverters. Police will also monitor stop sign compliance on streets surrounding Clinton, including the SE Woodward and 32nd Avenue intersection.

Portland’s neighborhood greenways are where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to bicycle, walk and play. As such, neighborhood greenways need to maintain low motor vehicle volumes and speeds, provide protected crossings at major intersections, and create an environment that encourages people of all ages to travel actively. Between SE 12th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard, traffic volumes currently exceed the upper acceptable limit of 2,000 cars per day by 200 to 1,000 cars. Much of this traffic is believed to be non-local cut-through traffic that should be using either SE Division Street or SE Powell Boulevard. More information about the greenways can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/50518

Traffic education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and 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 rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

View the results of previous actions at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/134382

Education and enforcement actions such as the Feb. 10 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025: www.visionzeroportland.com.

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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

Dylan Rivera

Public Information Officer

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Desk Phone: 503-823-3723 | Cell: 503-577-7534

1120 SW 5th Avenue | Suite 800 | Portland OR | 97204

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SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project Update: February 5, 2015

Crews will begin upsizing and replacing public sewer pipe on SE Hawthorne Boulevard between SE 44th and 47th avenues Friday, February 12.

SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project Update: February 5, 2015

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

Crews will begin upsizing and replacing public sewer pipe on SE Hawthorne Boulevard between SE 44th and 47th avenues Friday, February 12.

  • Next Friday, crews are scheduled to sawcut areas that will be excavated for construction.
  • Sewer construction will begin as soon as February 15. The actual start date depends on progress in other active work zones.
  • Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Traffic will be maintained in both directions during construction.
  • Work on each block will be completed in steps over the next 12 weeks. Go to https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/544389 for details and to view updated traffic control maps.
  • Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Final paving of trenches currently patched with temporary asphalt will occur as paving subcontractors become available.

  • Due to the high demand of paving contractors over the winter months, we will be taking advantage of unanticipated openings in paving subcontractor schedules. For this reason final trench paving may occur with little or no notice.

BUSINESSES ARE OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION: DID YOU KNOW?

Please remember that businesses next to the construction zone are OPEN. If you are traveling to a business within the construction zone, you may see orange signs reading ROAD CLOSED to Thru Traffic – Local Access Only. The signs are intended to reduce overall traffic going through the area while construction is underway, but everyone living in or conducting business within the construction zone will be allowed access. As always, please observe no parking signs and follow the directions of flaggers.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated construction schedule for the next two weeks. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

Week February 8

  • SE 46th Avenue (Salmon Court to Salmon Street) - manhole, mainline and lateral sewer construction
  • SE 41st Avenue (Clay to Hawthorne) – manhole and mainline sewer construction
  • SE Hawthorne Boulevard (44th to 47th) – sawcut areas to be excavated

Week February 15

  • SE 46th Avenue (Salmon Court to Salmon Street) - manhole, mainline and lateral sewer construction
  • SE 41st Avenue (Clay to Hawthorne) – manhole, mainline, and lateral sewer construction
  • SE Hawthorne Boulevard (44th to 45th) – mainline sewer construction
  • SE Salmon Street (46th to 47th) – manhole, mainline, and lateral sewer construction

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/sehawthorne or contact Matt Gough. This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program. For more information on that program, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/tabortoriver.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. We appreciate your communication and want to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Matt

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Thank you!

Matt Gough

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622

Email: Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov

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Over one-third of Portland's 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Portland combines sewer improvements that replace or repair Portland’s aging sewer pipes with green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

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News Release: PBOT’s 2015 Traffic Safety Report reinforces need for to reduce serious and fatal crashes on Portland’s streets

The newly improved crosswalk at SE 156th and Division Street was dedicated this morning in a short ceremony that also acknowledged the three fatalities that occurred at the location in recent years. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), along with Oregon & Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets and Oregon Walks, met at the new Rapid Flashing Beacon to discuss why the safety improvements at the crossing and other Vision Zero actions are so important for the people of Portland.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

John Brady (503) 823-7375

John.brady@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Twitter @PBOTinfo

News Release:

PBOT’s 2015 Traffic Safety Report reinforces need for action

to reduce serious and fatal crashes on Portland’s streets

(Feb. 8, 2016) – The newly improved crosswalk at SE 156th and Division Street was dedicated this morning in a short ceremony that also acknowledged the three fatalities that occurred at the location in recent years. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), along with Oregon & Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets and Oregon Walks, met at the new Rapid Flashing Beacon to discuss why the safety improvements at the crossing and other Vision Zero actions are so important for the people of Portland. Following the most recent fatality on January 12, 2016, PBOT added a temporary Rapid Flashing Beacon - the first in a series of changes PBOT will be making to this area. In addition to the temporary beacon, a hybrid beacon one block east at 157th will be installed and the TriMet bus stop will be relocated.

PBOT also released its 2015 Portland Traffic Safety Report which includes data on the number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015 and discusses trends and key contributing factors. Among the report’s findings, PBOT found that High Crash Corridors, which represent just 3% of Portland’s road network, were the site of 27% of the traffic fatalities in 2015. SE Division Street is one of Portland’s High Crash Corridors. In 2015, 9 of the city’s traffic fatalities were in East Portland, of which 3 were pedestrian fatalities. In addition, 54% of fatal crashes in Portland in 2015 included at least one person who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“As a Vision Zero City we are committed to the idea that every death or serious injury on our streets is one too many,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “Our 2015 report makes it clear why Portland needs a comprehensive safety initiative like Vision Zero. All Portlanders deserve safe streets and that’s why the Portland Bureau of Transportation is so committed to implementing Vision Zero.”

Pedestrian safety is a high priority for PBOT, especially on arterial roadways, where data shows people are most at risk. As most pedestrian fatalities occur when pedestrians are crossing the street, PBOT is focusing its Vision Zero efforts on improving crossing safety. With the help of federal grants, state funds, and local partnerships the Bureau is rolling out a significant number of crossing improvements utilizing Rapid Flashing Beacons on roadways throughout East Portland. In the coming weeks, PBOT will be activating additional flashing beacons all across East Portland.

In addition to these infrastructure improvements, the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force continues to move forward with prioritizing the safety actions that the City will take to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in Portland. The Vision Zero Task Force, with members from Portland’s Police and Fire Bureaus, regional and state government and partners in emergency response, public health and community organizations – including Oregon Walks and Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets - will be targeting a wide range of issues including DUII, infrastructure improvements and policy. The next Task Force meeting is on February 25.

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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

Oregon Walks is the state's pedestrian advocacy organization. We advocate to ensure every person, regardless of income, ability or geography, can interact with their community by walking. Oregon Walks is dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, accessible and attractive to everyone.

Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets is comprised of victims of traffic violence and families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured by aggressive or reckless driving and dangerous conditions in Oregon and SW Washington. Through our stories and advocacy, we seek cultural and physical changes on our streets and the rapid implementation of Vision Zero. We envision communities where pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles safely co-exist, and children and adults can travel freely without risk of harm – where no loss of life in traffic is acceptable.

Hannah Schafer

Communications Specialist

Portland Bureau of Transportation

1120 SW 5th Avenue 8th Floor, Portland OR 97204

(503) 823-7248 | c: (503) 823-8656

hannah.schafer@portlandoregon.gov

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The City of Portland complies with all non‐discrimination, Civil Rights laws including Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-5185, TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service: 711 with such requests, or visit http://bit.ly/13EWaCg

Traffic Alert: Portland Aerial Tram Out of Service

(6:00 p.m., Monday, February 8th) The Portland Aerial Tram is out of service due to a gate circuit malfunction at the upper station. There is currently no ETA regarding resumption of service. OHSU and TriMet are providing shuttle service between the upper and lower tram stations. Hospital operations are normal.

(6:00 p.m., Monday, February 8th) The Portland Aerial Tram is out of service due to a gate circuit malfunction at the upper station. There is currently no ETA regarding resumption of service. OHSU and TriMet are providing shuttle service between the upper and lower tram stations. Hospital operations are normal.

John Brady | Communications Director
Portland Bureau of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800

Portland, OR 97204

O: 503.823.7375

C: 503.577.8236

john.brady@portlandoregon.gov

www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

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