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News Advisory: PBOT Activates New Rapid Flashing Beacon at SE 156th and Division

On Monday, February 8th, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will join traffic safety advocates to dedicate a Rapid Flashing Beacon at SE 156th and Division. Director Treat, along with Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets and Oregon Walks, will meet at the newly activated beacon to acknowledge the lives lost at the crossing and discuss why improvements like the beacon 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 ADVISORY:

PBOT Activates New Rapid Flashing Beacon at SE 156th and Division

(February 5, 2016) On Monday, February 8th, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will join traffic safety advocates to dedicate a Rapid Flashing Beacon at SE 156th and Division. Director Treat, along with Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets and Oregon Walks, will meet at the newly activated beacon to acknowledge the lives lost at the crossing and discuss why improvements like the beacon and other Vision Zero actions are so important for the people of Portland. PBOT will also release its 2015 Portland Traffic Safety Report which includes data on the number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015, discusses citywide traffic safety trends and reinforces the need for a comprehensive traffic safety initiative like Vision Zero.

WHO: Leah Treat, Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Kim Stone, Oregon and Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets

Noel Mickelberry, Director of Oregon Walks

WHAT: Rapid Flashing Beacons are installed at crossings to make drivers more aware of pedestrians. Rapid Flashing Beacons combined with signage and pavement markings are a proven measure to improve safety. Portland’s Vision Zero initiative is animated by the belief that the death or serious injury of even one person on Portland roadways is one too many.

WHEN: February 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: The crosswalk at SE 156th and Division.

VISUALS: Speakers from PBOT and Portland’s leading traffic safety advocacy organizations. Crossing the crosswalk where a new Rapid Flashing Beacon has been installed.

PBOT will distribute copies of its 2015 Traffic Safety Report.

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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

Sign the Vision Zero Pledge to contribute to a safer, healthier Portland.

 

Balch Conduit Support Sewer Replacement Project Update: February 4, 2016

• Crews are almost finished installing the new sewer and manholes. There is still some work over the next couple of months to complete the project, including the final trench paving and street restoration. There has been some delay due to the weather, but crews are expected to finish by the end of March.

Balch Conduit Support Sewer Replacement Project Update: February 4, 2016

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • Crews are almost finished installing the new sewer and manholes. There is still some work over the next couple of months to complete the project, including the final trench paving and street restoration. There has been some delay due to the weather, but crews are expected to finish by the end of March.
  • There will be various traffic control methods in place that will divert traffic from one side of the street to the other as properties are connected to the new main sewer line. Please be aware of flaggers and obey traffic signs.

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

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the anticipated construction schedule for the next few weeks. We will update the schedule each week as we receive information from the contractor. The schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including underground conditions, weather, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

  • This week, crews are moving north on NW 30th Avenue connecting sewers from properties to the new public sewer main. They are also beginning to install new storm inlets and connecting them to the new pipe. The storm inlet and connections will continue for the next few weeks.
  • Tentatively scheduled the week of February 15 is final Railroad work that will close the west end of NW Industrial at NW 30th for 24 hours a day over three days.

There will be periods of inactivity between construction phases.

CONSTRUCTION METHOD

The contractor is using open trench excavation for most of the work. Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods for information on this and other construction methods. As the contractor moves forward installing pipe, work crews apply a temporary asphalt patch. They will return at a later date to apply permanent paving.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To receive email updates about the project, email joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov with "BCC" in the subject line or refer to the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/BCC.

Joe Annett

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-823-6313

Email: Joseph.Annett@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers 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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

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

 

NW District Sewer Replacement Project - Proposed Change Noise Variance

Environmental Services has completed design of a project to replace about 8,000 feet of sewer pipe that is in poor condition. The pipes range in size from eight to 36 inches. The project will increase sewer system capacity and help prevent sewer backups in basements. The project is anticipated to start this summer and the entire project timeline is 18 months.

NW District Sewer Replacement Project February 2, 2016

Proposed change to project night work and noise variance application

Environmental Services has completed design of a project to replace about 8,000 feet of sewer pipe that is in poor condition. The pipes range in size from eight to 36 inches. The project will increase sewer system capacity and help prevent sewer backups in basements. The project is anticipated to start this summer and the entire project timeline is 18 months.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

In summer 2015, Environmental Services received a variance to work overnight (8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday) for 4-5 months on the Northwest District Sewer Repair Project. However, that variance did not allow for saw-cutting activities.

Further review by construction and traffic engineers has determined saw-cutting at specified locations, will need to occur at night. To view map go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/NWDistrict . Environmental Services is applying to the Portland Noise Review Board to change the variance to allow for saw-cutting, but to limit the activity from 8 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday. Saw-cutting will be carefully managed at each work area to keep the duration to a minimum.

You can comment on this proposed change. Your comments are valuable, and the Noise Office wants to hear from you. To ensure an accurate record, please submit your comments by email to noise@portlandoregon.gov or by letter to the Portland Noise Office, 1221 SW 4th Avenue Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204.

Please contact Joe Annett at 503-823-2934 or joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov with questions or for more information about the project.

A complete project map and information about the project is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/NWDistrict

Thank you,

Joe Annett

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2934 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6313

Email: Joseph.Annett@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

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