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City advises residents to pick up and compost autumn leaves; keep streets safe and free of slippery conditions

It’s time to bring out the rakes. With heavy rain and gusty winds predicted for late tonight and early Wednesday, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Portlanders to keep streets and storm drains clear of fallen leaves.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

@PBOTinfo

News Advisory:

City advises residents to pick up and compost autumn leaves;

keep streets safe and free of slippery conditions

(October 21, 2014) – It’s time to bring out the rakes. With heavy rain and gusty winds predicted for late tonight and early Wednesday, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Portlanders to keep streets and storm drains clear of fallen leaves.

Portland’s urban forest brings great beauty and benefits – from clean air and water to increased property values and free shade. But with trees come leaves – and when they fall in an urban environment, it's necessary to clean them up.

From now through mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because letting them stay on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. The City has 58,000 storm drains and asks the public to help in keeping them clear.

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is offering these storm tips:

  • Simply sweep leaves up and place them in your yard debris roll cart for easy pickup.
  • Please do not sweep leaves into the street- that creates a hazard for travelers as leaves get smashed and create a slick surface
  • If a storm drain floods and clearing the surface doesn’t work, call the Transportation Bureau’s dispatch line 24/7 at 503-823-1700. We will send a crew to clear the storm drain.
  • For residents near Fanno Creek and Johnson Creek, the Transportation Bureau has stocked two locations with sand and bags for winter weather. Those locations are at Gabriel Park and Lents Park and are self-service.
  • The City’s Leaf Day Pickup Service, which offers a one or two day pickup service in neighborhoods with a heavy concentration of street trees, begins November 2 and runs through December 17. The Leaf Day schedule and additional information may be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/leafday
  • More information on storm drains may be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/319801

Eastmoreland-Woodstock Sewer Repair Project Construction Update: October 20, 2014

Construction continues on a project in your neighborhood to repair or replace about 40,000 feet of severely deteriorated sewer pipes that are more than 60 years old. The work will make the sewer system work more effectively and protect water quality, public health and the environment.

Eastmoreland-Woodstock Sewer Repair Project Construction Update: October 20, 2014

Construction continues on a project in your neighborhood to repair or replace about 40,000 feet of severely deteriorated sewer pipes that are more than 60 years old. The work will make the sewer system work more effectively and protect water quality, public health and the environment.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated construction schedule for the next couple of weeks. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including underground conditions, weather, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials. As the contractor completes construction on each street, work crews apply a temporary asphalt patch. They will return at a later date to apply permanent paving.

Week October 20

  • SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard (at SE Carlton) – Continue open trench (not on Fridays).
  • SE Tolman Street (from Reed College Place to 34th) – Continue open trench (not on Fridays).
  • SE Martins (between 34th and 36th) – Slipline pipe (insert new pipe inside old pipe), connect or install manholes, and install new branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe.
  • SE 31st Avenue (from Claybourne to Tolman) – Open trench (not on Fridays).

Week of October 27

  • SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard (at SE Carlton) – Continue open trench (not on Fridays).
  • SE Claybourne Street (between 34th and 36th) – Slipline pipe (insert new pipe inside old pipe), connect or install manholes, and install new branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe.
  • SE Tolman Street (from Reed College Place to 34th) – Continue open trench (not on Fridays).
  • SE Martins (between 34th and 36th) – Continue to slipline pipe (insert new pipe inside old pipe), connect or install manholes, and install new branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe.
  • SE Martins Street (east of SE 36th) – Open trench.
  • SE 31st Avenue (from Claybourne to Tolman) – Open trench (not on Fridays).

Construction should be completed by summer 2015. The project area is bordered by SE Woodstock Boulevard on the north, SE 28th Avenue on the west, SE 45th Avenue on the east and SE Crystal Springs Boulevard on the south.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/eastmorelandwoodstock.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and potentially Saturdays.
  • Construction will create noise, vibration and dust and will disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
  • Traffic control signs will be set up. The contractor maintains local access, but expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area is prohibited during construction hours. Please plan to move your vehicle each day by 7:00 a.m.
  • Equipment and materials are stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There will be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a City of Portland safety vest and hard hat.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities and keep children and pets clear of all construction activities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Learn more about this project at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/eastmorelandwoodstock.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption of your residence or commercial business, and open and honest communication with you throughout the project.

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2831

Email: Debbie.Caselton@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.

Division Streetscape Project Update: October 21, 2014

OpenFest! Join City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 24 at SE Division and 31st Avenue to celebrate the end of the Division Streetscape Project and the reopening of Division for business. The celebration goes on all day. Go to: divisionclinton.com/OpenFest to see a schedule of all the events.

Division Streetscape Project Update: October 21, 2014

Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are working together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

OpenFest!

Join City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 24 at SE Division and 31st Avenue to celebrate the end of the Division Streetscape Project and the reopening of Division for business. The celebration goes on all day. Go to: divisionclinton.com/OpenFest to see a schedule of all the events.

Construction Schedule

Below is the estimated Division Streetscape construction schedule for the next three weeks. Construction will move from one site to another as crews complete work on each segment. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

Ongoing work to be completed over the next few weeks:

  • Miscellaneous finish work at various locations
  • Curb repair or replacement at various location
  • Removing and installing signage
  • Planting green street stormwater planters. This work will take three to four weeks to complete

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandonline.com/transportation/divisionstreetscape to see background information and block-by-block maps of the design. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov with “Division” in the subject line.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption near your residence or business, and open and clear communication with you throughout the project.

Note: For information on the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project please visit the web page at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/Clinton.

Joe Annett

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204-3713

Phone: 503-823-2934

Email: joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov

Tabor to the River Program

This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards.

The City of Portland complies with all non-discrimination laws including Title VI (Civil Rights) and Title II (ADA). To request a translation, accommodation or additional information, please call 503-823-7740, or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711.

City Commissioners Join OpenFest! To Celebrate Successful Division Streetscape Project

This Friday, October 24, at 10 a.m., Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick will celebrate the completion of the Division Streetscape Project with local neighbors and business owners at SE 31st and Division.

News Release

October 21, 2014

For immediate release

For more information contact:

Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov

Diane Dulken, Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-5552, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

City Commissioners Join OpenFest! To Celebrate Successful Division Streetscape Project

This Friday, October 24, at 10 a.m., Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick will celebrate the completion of the Division Streetscape Project with local neighbors and business owners at SE 31st and Division.

Division Street neighbors and businesses are marking the end of the Division Streetscape Project with OpenFest!, a day-long celebration of the Division Street re-opening. The celebration will include special offers from businesses and live music, and will continue until 9 p.m.

The $6.4-million Division Streetscape Project began in May 2013 and has successfully replaced 4,900 feet of sewer pipes and repaved Division from SE 11th to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

“When we invest in green streets, we save our ratepayers money,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “By replacing pipes and planting trees, Portland manages its stormwater in a cost-effective manner while increasing the livability of our neighborhoods.”

The streetscape project was conceived in 2001, when neighborhood and business owners formed the Division Vision group to explore ways to make Division a street that better serves both residents and businesses. That effort led to the 2005 Division Green Street/Main Street Plan.

“This has been a community led project from the beginning and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout construction,” said Commissioner Novick. “Thanks to coordination between PBOT, BES and community partners, Division is a bustling destination main street that is safer, more accessible and fully open for business.”

More information about the Division Streetscape Project is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/Streetscape and the Division/Clinton Business Association has posted OpenFest! information at divisionclinton.com/OpenFest.

Project Highlights Include:

  • Replacing 4,900 feet of sewer pipes and 32 sewer access structures that were in poor condition;
  • Adding curb extensions, new crosswalks and streetlights, and improving signalization to increase safety, access and visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists;
  • Planting 150 street trees and constructing 68 green street planters to manage stormwater runoff; and
  • Repaving SE Division from SE 10th Avenue to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation worked together to improve the Division Street transportation corridor, repair and replace older sewers, add green infrastructure to manage stormwater and make sewers work more efficiently, and improve watershed health.

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Linc Mann
Public Information Officer
Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000
Portland OR 97204
phone: 503-823-5328
cell: 503-823-8872
fax: 503-823-5228
Linc.Mann@portlandoregon.gov

www.portlandoregon.gov/bes

The Bureau of Environmental Services

works with Portland residents and

businesses to protect water quality,

public health, and the environment

through wastewater collection and

treatment, sewer construction and

maintenance, stormwater management,

and stream and watershed restoration.

 

Portland celebrates historic restoration of NW Thurman Street Bridge that improves emergency access

Commissioner Steve Novick and the Portland Bureau of Transportation celebrated the reopening of the NW Thurman Street Bridge, the oldest bridge in Oregon, in a ceremony today at Lower Macleay Park in Northwest Portland.

Link to this release: http://bit.ly/thurmanopen

Photo caption info below. More photos at PBOT Flickr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera 503-823-3723

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE:

Portland celebrates historic restoration of
NW Thurman Street Bridge that improves emergency access

Fire truck response times cut by 4 minutes

(Oct. 17, 2014) Commissioner Steve Novick and the Portland Bureau of Transportation celebrated the reopening of the NW Thurman Street Bridge, the oldest bridge in Oregon, in a ceremony today at Lower Macleay Park in Northwest Portland.

The six-month rehabilitation project strengthened the bridge and restored historic features for the structure, which was built in 1905, in time for the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition, a fair that preceded a remarkable era of growth in Portland.

“Not only does the Thurman Street Bridge have a great historic legacy, it is a hallmark of the surrounding neighborhood. Through well-coordinated collaboration of multiple City bureaus and government agencies, we were able to preserve the historic character of the bridge while modernizing it to meet today’s needs,” said Commissioner Novick, who oversees the Transportation Bureau. “Local residents have been incredibly patient as crews worked, and we’re all very excited to know that the bridge will stand tall for many more years to come.”

The bridge is a gateway to Forest Park and a crucial route for Northwest Portland residents, said Phil Selinger, board member of Northwest District Association, the neighborhood association for the area.

“It was a challenging project, but to the Willamette Heights community this is their portal, one of only a few ways to get to the neighborhood,” Selinger said. “The City did an excellent job of finding the funds, researching the history, and giving back to the neighborhood something that is so much nicer than we had before.”

Before the rehabilitation, City engineers placed restrictions intended to slow the bridge’s deterioration. Fire trucks were prohibited from using it, so Portland Fire & Rescue emergency responders had to use a longer route to enter the neighborhood.

With the rehabilitation complete, the weight restriction has been lifted and a fire truck crossed the bridge today for the first time in about 20 years.

“We are excited about the completion of this rehabilitation and modernization project!” said Portland Fire & Rescue Emergency Operations Division Chief Jim Forquer who is in charge of Emergency Operations for PF&R. “Regaining the use of the NW Thurman Street Bridge will improve our response times into many of these areas by over 4 minutes and during a critical medical event or fire, every second counts.”

The old wooden deck was subject to seasonal moisture-induced shrinkage and expansion, which contributed to cracks and potholes on the road surface. The new deck is made of steel girders, steel deck panels, concrete infill and an asphalt surface that should be more durable.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association named it Project of the Year for 2014 for Historic Restoration/Preservation projects under $5 million. The award, announced Thursday night at a conference in Pendleton, named the City of Portland and contractor Cascade Bridge LLC of Vancouver, Wash.

NW Thurman Street Bridge at Macleay Park is also known at the Balch Gulch Bridge, named for Danford Balch, an early settler of the area that later became Northwest Portland.

In 1905, the bridge was lined with a beautiful pedestrian railing. However, in 1955, it was replaced with a green chain link fence. The rehabilitation project installed a new decorative railing, modeled after the original.

“One of the great parts of the current rehabilitation project was recreating the historic ornamental-style railing and adding a bit of style with the pine cone end post caps befitting the location at the entrance to Forest Park,” said Robert Hadlow, historian for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Funding for the $3.79 million project came from the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Bridge Program and PBOT’s general transportation revenue, which is comprised of state gas tax and local parking revenue. The federal contribution totals $3.4 million and the City's local match totals $390,000.

The bridge was closed for construction April 1 and reopened on Friday, Oct. 10.

David O'Longaigh, the City Bridge Engineer, thanked TriMet for providing shuttle service during the construction period and thanked the Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Water Bureau for their cooperation.

See the project web site www.thurmanbridge.com for more information and see PBOT’s Flickr account for images from today’s celebration.

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Photos by Felicity J. Mackay/Portland Bureau of Transportation

Commissioner Steve Novick speaks at the celebration of the opening of NW Thurman Street Bridge Oct. 17, 2014.

Phil Selinger, board member with the Northwest District Association, joined Commissioner Steve Novick for the celebration of the opening of NW Thurman Street Bridge today.

A Portland Fire & Rescue truck crosses the NW Thurman Street Bridge on Oct. 17, 2014, the first day that fire trucks have been allowed across the span in about 20 years.

Dylan Rivera

Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

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