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Crosswalk enforcement action slated for SE Powell Boulevard at SE 24th Avenue on May 27

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the marked crosswalk of SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 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:

Crosswalk enforcement action slated for SE Powell Boulevard at SE 24th Avenue on May 27

(May 21, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the marked crosswalk of SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane. A bicycle lane and a parking lane are an extension of the adjacent motor lane.

Drivers must stop for pedestrians in the safety buffer zone indicated in yellow.

What you need to know about OREGON CROSSWALK LAWS

ODOT brochure #737-3424 REV (3-2015)

The SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue crossing is a “T” intersection with pavement markings, a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing. This location is adjacent to Powell City Park and within two blocks of Cleveland High School and the crossing on 26th Avenue where a truck collided with a bicyclist earlier this month, severing the cyclist’s leg.

Southeast Powell Boulevard is one of ten High Crash Corridors that PBOT has identified and prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

This is the sixth crosswalk enforcement action that PBOT and the Portland Police Bureau have conducted on Powell Boulevard since 2006.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people 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.

Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sharon White will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. and a Portland police officer will serve that role from noon to 1 p.m.

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 public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about pedestrian rights and responsibilities. View the results of previous actions.. 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

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Brookside Green Street Project Update: May 22, 2015

Environmental Services is designing two green street planters that will collect stormwater runoff from SE Foster Road that currently flows untreated directly into Johnson Creek. The project will protect public health and water quality in Johnson Creek. Construction on the Brookside Green Street Project should begin later this summer.

Brookside Green Street Project Update: May 22, 2015

Environmental Services is designing two green street planters that will collect stormwater runoff from SE Foster Road that currently flows untreated directly into Johnson Creek. The project will protect public health and water quality in Johnson Creek. Construction on the Brookside Green Street Project should begin later this summer.

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

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

After green street construction is complete, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will construct a sidewalk near the new green street on the south side of Foster Road to connect with the existing sidewalk. The sidewalk improvements will provide safe pedestrian access along that section of SE Foster Road.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

In the coming weeks, crews will be taking soil samples in both green street locations and testing soil infiltration at the location of the green street planter on the north side of SE Foster Road. Sampling and testing will occur any time between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Crews will drill holes in the street pavement and take soil samples to help design engineers understand conditions that construction crews may encounter. The holes will be a few inches in diameter and crews will fill them immediately after they complete the drilling. Before drilling starts, crews will be in the area to locate and mark underground utilities by painting stripes on the streets and sidewalks or placing colored flags in the ground. Each color indicates what is buried below. Work at each location will last about one hour.
  • Following soil sampling, crews will drill a hole on the north side of SE Foster Road, fill it with water and measure how long it takes to infiltrate. Infiltration testing will take one day to complete.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to receive email updates about this project, please send an email to Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov with “Brookside” in the subject line.

You may also refer to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/sustainablestormwater for more information on green streets and sustainable stormwater management.

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

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

Phone: 503-823-2831 | Cell Phone: 503-823-1243

Email: Debbie.Caselton@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.

Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on N Denver Avenue from May 26-June 2

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Denver Avenue from N Rosa Parks Way to N Buffalo Street from Tuesday, May 26 to Tuesday June 2 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: SPRING PAVING TO CLOSE LANES ON N DENVER AVENUE FROM MAY 26-JUNE 2

News Release from Portland Bureau of Transportation
Posted on FlashAlert: May 22nd, 2015 10:28 AM

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Denver Avenue from N Rosa Parks Way to N Buffalo Street from Tuesday, May 26 to Tuesday June 2 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave 1.53 lane miles.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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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

Contact Info:
Diane Dulken 503-577-8236
Dylan Rivera 503-577-7534

 

NW Front Avenue Green Street Planters Project Update: May 22, 2015

Environmental Services uses green streets throughout the city to help manage stormwater and protect water quality in our rivers and streams. This project will pilot planter designs meant to manage stormwater runoff from the public right-of-way in areas with surrounding industrial uses. Green streets also add green space to neighborhoods.

NW Front Avenue Green Street Planters Project Update: May 22, 2015

Environmental Services uses green streets throughout the city to help manage stormwater and protect water quality in our rivers and streams. This project will pilot planter designs meant to manage stormwater runoff from the public right-of-way in areas with surrounding industrial uses. Green streets also add green space to neighborhoods.

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

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • Environmental Services continues to design a green street project along NW Front Avenue near NW 26th Drive to manage stormwater runoff. The project has eliminated two of the five green street planters.
  • The three green street planters will extend into the right-of-way to capture the highest volume of stormwater. Existing sidewalks and pedestrian amenities will be maintained, although some existing parking spaces may be removed. The planters will be designed to collect stormwater runoff from the adjacent right-of-way into vegetated planters. This will allow it to slow and settle, removing suspended sediments before it is discharged to the storm system.

PROJECT TIMELINE

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in late summer 2015. Each planter generally takes several weeks to construct, although work may take place in phases and there may be delays between phases. We will continue to provide you information as the project gets closer to construction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

With questions or comments, or to be added to a project email list, please email Debbie at Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov with “NW Front” in the subject line. Thank you for your interest in this important stormwater management project.

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

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

Phone: 503-823-2831 | Cell Phone: 503-823-1243

Email: Debbie.Caselton@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.