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Transportation Bureau wants your input on two new parking meter options

Two companies are competing for a chance to provide Portland with new parking meters, and starting this week residents can test the new meters and help the Portland Bureau of Transportation decide which contractor to select.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-3723

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

@PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE:

Transportation Bureau wants your input on two new parking meter options

(Sept. 18, 2014) Two companies are competing for a chance to provide Portland with new parking meters, and starting this week residents can test the new meters and help the Portland Bureau of Transportation decide which contractor to select.

Four test pay stations, two from each of the vendors that made PBOT’s short list, are available for the public to test. Meters made by Parkeon and Cale America are located on SW Salmon Street, between SW Third and Fourth avenues, just north of Lownsdale Square and on SW Third Avenue, between SW Taylor and SW Salmon streets.

The meters will be available until Oct. 14. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day.

Let PBOT know what you think of the two pay station options by completing an online survey at bit.ly/PBOTmeters or filling out a postcard available at the meter. How easy was it to use the pay station? Was your transaction completed as fast as you expected?

Equipment from both manufacturers equipment will be familiar to city users as they have provided meters to the City in the past. Cale America has more than 1,300 existing pay stations and Parkeon provided the ticket vending machines for the Portland Streetcar.

After receiving public input, PBOT’s selection committee will identify which vendor will supply about 300 parking meters in the new Northwest Portland parking meter district, expected to be installed in early 2015. The established price agreement will also be used for future purchases.

Both pay station options can accept payments by credit card and support the adoption of payment by mobile phone in the future.

Visitors to the test block are reminded that normal parking fees, time limits and periods of enforcement are in effect during the test period. If you are unable to purchase a ticket from one of the test meters, be sure to purchase a ticket from an existing pay station to avoid receiving a citation.

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Dylan Rivera

Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

website | twitter | publicalerts

Volunteers Needed for Important Community Committees

Commissioner Fritz seeking volunteers to serve on several committees in her portfolio.

Subject:  Volunteers needed for important community committees

Dear neighbor,

I am seeking volunteers to serve on several key committees in my portfolio.  Please review the blog posts and email me at Amanda@portlandoregon.gov as soon as possible if you are interested.

 

1)    Tree Code Oversight Advisory Committee

https://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/index.cfm?a=503454&c=49233  Meets monthly, October 2014 to February 2016, time/day to be determined by the new committee.  Three at-large positions open.

2)    Development Review Advisory Committee

https://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/index.cfm?a=498440&c=49233  Meets the third Thursday of each month from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  Positions open for Design Professional and Major Facilities Landowner.

3)    Adjustment Committee

Reviews appeals of Bureau of Development Services staff decisions on land use reviews for Adjustments.  Familiarity with the Zoning Code and Adjustment Review desirable.  Meets 1st or 3rd Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, if needed.  Met once in 2013, three times in 2014 so far.  At-large position vacant.

4)    Design Commission

Makes decisions on Design Review applications.  Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.  Met 28 times in 2013 and 21 times so far in 2014.  Upcoming vacancies for Urban Design, Architect, Design professionals, also At-large position. 

 

Thank you for your consideration.

Amanda

 

Amanda Fritz
Commissioner, City of Portland

Division Streetscape Project Update: September 18, 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.

Division Streetscape Project Update: September 18, 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.

Lane Striping

  • Begins week of September 29, weather permitting
  • Requires one night of work
  • Crosswalks will be striped during the day
  • No street closure expected

 

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.

This week:

  • SE 31st Avenue and Division, southeast corner – finish excavating green street stormwater planter, install liner, place rock/check dams, and install topsoil
  • Cesar Chavez – install vehicle signal loops
  • 21st Avenue at Division – install bike signal loop
  • Excavate tree wells for future street trees (tree planting will not occur until December or January)
  • Planting green street stormwater planters
  • Install bike racks

 

Week of September 22:

  • Removing or reinstalling signage
  • Planting green street stormwater planters
  • Miscellaneous concrete repairs throughout the project area
  • Install bike racks
  • 19th Avenue – work along curb and gutter

 

Week of September 29:

  • Lane striping and crosswalk painting (lane striping will be night work)
  • Removing or reinstalling signage
  • Planting green street stormwater planters

 

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.

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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.

Rhetta Drennan, Community Relations
City of Portland, Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Rm. 1000
Portland, OR 97204-1912
503-823-6006
503-823-6995, fax
rhetta.drennan@portlandoregon.gov
www.portlandoregon.gov/bes

Check out the Green Street Stewards Facebook page. Please like us!

 

SW 4th Avenue to close to all motorized traffic Friday, Sept. 19 at 9:00AM. Will reopen Monday, Sept. 22 at 6:00AM.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar construction work will close SW 4th Avenue at Harrison to all motorized traffic beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday, Sept. 19. SW 4th Avenue will remain closed through the weekend and will reopen by 6:00 AM on Monday, Sept. 22.

September 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-3723

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Julie Gustafson

Portland Streetcar, Inc.

503-222-4200

julie.gustafson@portlandstreetcar.org

Traffic Advisory:

SW 4th Avenue to close to all motorized traffic Friday, Sept. 19 at 9:00AM. Will reopen Monday, Sept. 22 at 6:00AM.

(Sept. 18, 2014) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar construction work will close SW 4th Avenue at Harrison to all motorized traffic beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday, Sept. 19. SW 4th Avenue will remain closed through the weekend and will reopen by 6:00 AM on Monday, Sept. 22.

The east sidewalk on SW 4th Avenue will remain open and access will be maintained to businesses and residences in the area.

This closure is necessary to complete the connections to the new second track on SW 4thAvenue at SW Harrison Street near Portland State University to allow for the completed Loop operations beginning Sept. 12, 2015 with the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. The completed loop service will bring more frequent service -- with streetcars coming about every 7 minutes -- between South Waterfront and the Pearl District.

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

Please visit www.PortlandStreetcar.org/node/12 to learn more.

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North Williams Avenue street design installation begins; left lane to close shortly

Construction begins later this week on a new street design for North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE

North Williams Avenue street design installation begins;

left lane to close shortly

“A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign features safety messages from residents

(September 16, 2014) – Construction begins later this week on a new street design for North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.

The new street design will extend from NE Broadway to Killingsworth Street and will require up to three months to complete. Safety improvements will benefit all travelers, especially pedestrians, and changes will affect the look of the street and traffic flow for all travelers.

Early in the project, the left lane of North Williams Avenue will close to all traffic. No detours will be in effect but alternate routes are available during construction.

The alternate route for people traveling by bicycle is NE Rodney Street, a neighborhood greenway that is a designated bikeway and has been upgraded with speed bumps to discourage cut through motor vehicle traffic. The alternate routes for drivers are NE Martin Luther King Boulevard or N Interstate Avenue.

The new street design will include these major improvements:

  • A new traffic signal will be installed at the busy N Cook Street crossing.
  • New striped crosswalks and curb extensions at five crossings will improve pedestrian visibility, making it safer and easier to cross.
  • Bus and bike travel are being separated to reduce conflicts and improve safety. Buses will continue to stop on the right side of the street while the bike lane will be expanded to a width of 12 feet and transferred to the left side.
  • The speed limit is being lowered to 25 mph along most of the corridor; and 20 mph where foot traffic is highest, between NE Fremont and Skidmore streets.
  • Green transition zones in the left side bike lane indicate where motor vehicles cross the lane to turn left.

 

The left side bicycle lane is expected to open in mid-October, once the Cook Street traffic signal is operational. The crosswalk restriping and additional construction are expected to entail minimal traffic disruption.

The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process to identify how to make N Williams Avenue a safer place for all travelers and to address longstanding community concerns over pedestrian safety in particular.

“A Safer Place for Everyone”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is launching “A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign to inform people of the new street design and encourage all travelers to share the road. The campaign is an outgrowth of the public involvement process where people suggested increased outreach around safety.

The “A Safer Place for Everyone” campaign features residents sending their safety messages to fellow residents via a series of banners and A-boards. The banners, soon to be posted to light fixtures along the corridor, will be displayed through the winter.

The transportation bureau also mailed an “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure to area residents and distributed to local businesses and other gathering places. The public is encouraged to share photos and their own messages on social media with the tag #northwilliams.

More information is available at www.northwilliamssafety.org including a map and construction highlights. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” banner campaign. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure.