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Retaining wall repair to close section of NW Germantown Road Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2 weekends

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repair of a retaining wall on NW Germantown Road requires the road’s closure between Lilac Road and Harbor Boulevard for the next two weekends, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 and November 1 and 2nd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken 503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Twitter @PBOTinfo

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Retaining wall repair to close section of NW Germantown Road

Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2weekends

(October 23, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repair of a retaining wall on NW Germantown Road requires the road’s closure between Lilac Road and Harbor Boulevard for the next two weekends, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 and November 1 and 2nd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Local access will be provided. Travelers wishing to reach NW Skyline Boulevard or Highway 30 should use alternate routes such as NW Newberry Road or NW Cornell Road.

The Transportation Bureau is repairing the retaining wall during the weekends to minimize disruption to travelers. Work began last weekend but the project scope requires additional work for two more weekends. The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe the closure and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes.

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

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City Commissioners To Kick Off OpenFest! Friday Oct. 24 To Celebrate Successful Division Streetscape Project

Tomorrow (Friday, October 24) at 10 a.m., Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick will help celebrate the completion of the Division Streetscape Project’s major improvements with local neighbors and business owners at SE 31st and Division.

For Immediate Release

Contacts:

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

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

News Advisory:

City Commissioners To Kick Off OpenFest! Friday Oct. 24

To Celebrate Successful Division Streetscape Project

Tomorrow (Friday, October 24) at 10 a.m., Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick will help celebrate the completion of the Division Streetscape Project’s major improvements with local neighbors and business owners at SE 31st and Division.

Who: City Commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish

When: Friday, October 24, 10 a.m.

Where: SE 31st Avenue and Division Street

What: Kick off of OpenFest!, a daylong neighborhood and business community celebration of the successful completion of the Division Streetscape Project’s major infrastructure and safety improvements. 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 and reconstructed about two miles of SE Division Street 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.”

“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.”

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.

Project Highlights Include:

  • Replacing 4,900 feet of sewer pipes and 32 sewer access structures that were in poor condition;
  • Adding 50 new curb extensions, 140 ADA-accessible corner ramps, 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 and reconstructing 2 miles of SE Division from SE 11th 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. 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.

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Portland Aerial Tram evacuation exercise set for Sunday, Oct. 26

The annual evacuation exercise for the Portland Aerial Tram is set for Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552

Diane.Dulken@portlandoregon.gov

@PBOTinfo @PortlandTram

News Advisory:

Portland Aerial Tram evacuation exercise set for Sunday, Oct. 26

(Oct. 22 2014) – The annual evacuation exercise for the Portland Aerial Tram is set for Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014.

Trained professionals of the Portland Fire & Rescue Technical Rescue Team will lead the exercise. The exercise also includes representatives from the City of Portland, whose Bureau of Transportation owns the tram; Oregon Health & Science University, which operates it along with Doppelmayr USA.

Using ropes and harnesses, the team will lower the passengers 100 feet to the top floor of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute’s parking garage. The training allows crews to practice an aerial rescue of tram passengers in the event the tram is stopped for an extended period of time with passengers on board.

If members of the public contact you with questions about the training, please inform them that this is a scheduled training exercise and not a real emergency. The exercise has been conducted annually since the Portland Aerial Tram opened on Jan. 7, 2007. There has never been a real emergency.

The exercise is designed as a last resort safety precaution for the more than 5,000 daily commuters and tourists who ride the tram. The Portland Aerial Tram is one of only two used for urban transit in the U.S.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct.26, 2014 - The exercise should be completed by noon.

WHERE: The training will take place above the OHSU Casey Eye Institute parking garage. At that location a small number of exercise participants will be evacuated from the tram and lowered via ropes and harnesses down to the top of the parking structure. Local news crews are encouraged to cover the training, but we ask that you do so from the ground and refrain from entering the Casey Eye Institute parking lot so as not to interfere with the exercise.

SPECTATORS: The Portland Aerial Tram is closed on Sundays during the fall and winter. As a result, the training exercise will not interfere with regular operations. For those interested in observing, please do so from nearby locations and refrain from entering the Casey Eye Institute parking lot.

ABOUT THE PORTLAND AERIAL TRAM

The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by OHSU. It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway. Visit http://gobytram.com . Find the tram on Twitter @PortlandTram and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/portlandaerialtram.

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Clinton Green Street and Sewer Construction Update: October 22, 2014

As part of the Tabor to the River Program, Environmental Services continues construction on the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project. This project will replace 3,800 feet of sewer pipe installed over 100 years ago, construct 24 green street planters and add two blocks of pervious paving. These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

Clinton Green Street and Sewer Construction Update: October 22, 2014

As part of the Tabor to the River Program, Environmental Services continues construction on the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project. This project will replace 3,800 feet of sewer pipe installed over 100 years ago, construct 24 green street planters and add two blocks of pervious paving. These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/clinton and Tabor to the River Program information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/tabortoriver.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

Sewer construction on SE Clinton (33rd Place and 35th Avenue) will detour motor vehicles beginning next week

  • Next week crews are schedule to begin installing new main public sewer on SE Clinton between SE 33rd Place and SE 35th Avenue.
  • The size of the work zone will require motor vehicles to detour to SE Woodward between 33rd Place and 35th Avenue during construction hours for about three weeks.
  • Bicyclists will continue to be allowed to travel on Clinton using a designated two way path next to the work zone.
  • On-street parking on one side of SE Woodward (33rd Place and 35th Avenue) and one side of SE 33rd Place (Clinton to Woodward) will be temporarily removed to accommodate detour traffic flow. Residents on the detour route will be provided additional notification.
  • Please help us maintain a safe environment by slowing down near work zones and following all traffic control signage. Your cooperation and patience during this important phase is appreciated.

Several Green Streets ready for planting

  • Several green streets and corner improvements with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant ramps have been constructed on SE Ivon Street between 21st and 25th avenues.
  • Planting has not been scheduled, but will likely occur this fall or spring.

Pervious (porous) paving on SE Ivon has been postponed

  • Pervious paving on SE Ivon Street between 20th and 21st avenues and between 21st and 22nd avenues has been postponed until further notice.
  • Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated construction schedule for the rest of this week and next week. 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.

The rest of this week

  • SE 34th (Division to Clinton) – Main public sewer pipe, manhole, and lateral construction
  • SE 34th Avenue (at Clinton) – Construction of two green streets and corner improvement with ADA ramps
  • SE 35th Place (Clinton to Woodward) – Construction of several green streets and one corner improvement with ADA ramp
  • SE 36th Avenue (at Woodward) – Construction of several green streets

Week of October 27

  • SE Clinton (33rd Place to 35th Avenue) – Main public sewer pipe, manhole, and lateral construction

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities and keep children, pets and vehicles out of construction areas.
  • Traffic control signs are in place. The contractor maintains local access, but you should expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area may be limited. Please observe no parking signs.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There may 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 hard hat and City of Portland safety vest.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/clinton or contact Matt Gough.

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.

Sincerely,

Matt

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Matt Gough

Community Outreach and Information

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

Morrison Bridge closed Saturday for lift span work

The Morrison Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles on Saturday, October 25 from 7 a.m. until as late as 7 p.m. during an inspection and maintenance work on the lift span deck. The work is related to problems with deck panels that were installed in 2011 – 2012.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: October 22, 2014

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

Morrison Bridge closed Saturday for lift span work

The Morrison Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles on Saturday, October 25 from 7 a.m. until as late as 7 p.m. during an inspection and maintenance work on the lift span deck. The work is related to problems with deck panels that were installed in 2011 – 2012.

Sidewalks will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians during the inspection. The on and off-ramps from the bridge to I-5 and I-84 will be closed. While the I-5 southbound City Center/Morrison Bridge off-ramp (exit 300) will be closed, the I-5 southbound ramp to Highway 99E/U.S. 26 will remain open. Motorists can access I-5 north at N.E. Broadway and N. Williams Avenue and enter I-84 eastbound at N.E. Grand Avenue and N.E. Everett Street. Onramps to the bridge will be closed at S.E. Grand Avenue and S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. During the closure, TriMet’s 15-Belmont line will use the Burnside Bridge in both directions.

Multnomah County maintains six Willamette River bridges and 300 miles of roads. For more information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.

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