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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.

The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project draft Climate Smart Strategy is available for public review and comment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2014.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature required the Portland metropolitan region to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and small trucks by 2035. After four years of collaboration and engagement with regional partners and the public, a draft Climate Smart Strategy is ready for review.

Your voice is important

The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project draft Climate Smart Strategy is available for public review and comment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2014.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature required the Portland metropolitan region to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and small trucks by 2035. After four years of collaboration and engagement with regional partners and the public, a draft Climate Smart Strategy is ready for review. You are invited to provide feedback on the draft approach and implementation recommendations (Regional Framework Plan amendments, toolbox of possible actions and performance monitoring approach) in one of the following ways:

Your voice is important

You are invited to provide feedback during the public comment period from Sept. 15 through Oct. 30, 2014.

  • Take a short survey online at makeagreatplace.org on transportation and land use policies and actions that can shape our communities.

 

To provide more in depth feedback, visit oregonmetro.gov/draftapproach to download and review the draft approach and implementation recommendations (Regional Framework Plan amendments, toolbox of possible actions and performance monitoring approach) and provide comments in one of the following ways:

  • Mail comments to Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232
  • Email comments to climatescenarios@oregonmetro.gov
  • Phone in comments to 503-797-1750 or TDD 503-797-1804
  • Testify at a Metro Council hearing on Oct. 30, 2014, at 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232 in the Council chamber

 

To learn more about the Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project, visit oregonmetro.gov/climatescenarios

Community asks, City responds: Commissioner Fritz, Transportation Director Leah Treat dedicate new Safe Routes to School path through Pier Park to North Portland schools

Friday’s walk home from school was a celebratory occasion for North Portland school children who joined with City officials to parade along a new paved path from Sitton Elementary School through Pier Park to a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Mark Ross, Portland Parks & Recreation

503-823-5300, 503-823-6634

mark.ross@portlandoregon.gov

Photos will be available shortly at https://www.flickr.com/photos/115983598@N06/sets/

NEWS RELEASE

Community asks, City responds:

Commissioner Fritz, Transportation Director Leah Treat dedicate new

Safe Routes to School path through Pier Park to North Portland schools

(September 12, 2014) - Friday’s walk home from school was a celebratory occasion for North Portland school children who joined with City officials to parade along a new paved path from Sitton Elementary School through Pier Park to a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

The new paved path, which is roughly as long as five downtown City blocks, replaces a dirt route that often turned muddy for the hundreds of families that cross Pier Park daily. The path connects several large apartment complexes in this section of St. Johns neighborhood to Sitton and George Middle School as well as to transit, shopping and other services along Lombard and Fessenden Streets.

“It makes me proud to help lead a city that can work together and deliver on an important neighborhood request,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “The trail will be an important connector and improve safety for kids, parents, and other neighbors here in St. Johns.”

The City paved the path in response to community members who organized a petition signed by 400 families asking for improved safety for their children as they traveled to school.

“You asked, and we are delighted to respond and create this safe route to school,” said Leah Treat, who directs the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “I am committed to improving safety throughout Portland, especially around schools. Walking and biking to school safely also means that kids can get a healthy and fun start to their day.”

“Our parks deliver many benefits to Portlanders, and now we can add one more: providing an essential route for kids and families,” said Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Director Mike Abbaté.

The project’s $60,000 cost was shared equally by PBOT and PP&R, with each contributing $30,000.

The project brought together many partners to create a solution to neighbors’ concerns. PBOT’s Safe Routes to School team worked with parents, managers of the apartment complexes next to Pier Park, PP&R, the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention program, Portland Public Schools, Friends of Pier Park, and many other partners to put together a strategy to better serve the families in the neighborhood.

Managers of the nearby apartment complexes are also building new paved paths on their campuses so that families have a continuous network of paved walkways.

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NE Columbia Blvd and NE 63rd Ave Sewer and Stormwater Project: Proposed Schedule Includes Weekend Work

Environmental Services is designing a project to install a stormwater infiltration system along NE Columbia Boulevard between NE 60th and NE 63rd avenues. The project will install a vault in Columbia Boulevard at 63rd Avenue that will filter sediment and pollutants from stormwater runoff discharged through an outfall pipe into the Columbia Slough. The work also includes replacing 175 feet of public sewer pipe in Columbia west of 63rd.

NE Columbia Blvd and NE 63rd Ave Sewer and Stormwater Project

Proposed Schedule Includes Weekend Work

Environmental Services is designing a project to install a stormwater infiltration system along NE Columbia Boulevard between NE 60th and NE 63rd avenues. The project will install a vault in Columbia Boulevard at 63rd Avenue that will filter sediment and pollutants from stormwater runoff discharged through an outfall pipe into the Columbia Slough. The work also includes replacing 175 feet of public sewer pipe in Columbia west of 63rd. The project will improve water quality, protect public health, and help restore fish and wildlife habitat. Construction is anticipated to begin early 2015 and last for two months.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/columbia63rd.

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

Through our public involvement conversations over the past three months, we developed a two-phase schedule to reduce construction impacts on businesses with large trucks and buses that access driveways on Columbia Boulevard at 63rd Avenue.

The first phase will occur in a short segment on Columbia Blvd approximately 175 feet west of 63rd. This work will occur 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for one week.

The second phase will include the remaining work on Columbia Blvd between the first phase location and 63rd and final street paving. This work will occur 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for up to five consecutive weekends.

TRAFFIC IMPACT

Columbia Boulevard is a high-traffic-volume city roadway and major freight corridor that serves commercial and industrial land uses and a diverse residential neighborhood. You can expect traffic delays, lane closures and restricted turning movements in the construction zone for the duration of the two-month construction project.

  • Permitted construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Columbia Boulevard between 60th and 63rd avenues will be reduced to two lanes, one for each travel direction during permitted construction hours.
  • All lanes will be open at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Eastbound traffic on Columbia Boulevard wishing to go north on 63rd Avenue will be detoured south onto 60th Avenue, to east on Portland Highway, to north on Cully Boulevard, to Columbia Boulevard.
  • Southbound traffic on 63rd Avenue wishing to go east on Columbia Boulevard must turn right (west) onto Columbia Boulevard and follow the signed detour.
  • The two-way left-turn lane on Columbia Boulevard between 60th and 63rd avenues will be closed in the construction zone, making those driveways accessible only from the open travel lane nearest to the driveways.
  • Flaggers will assist trucks and buses through the construction zone and help them make turning movements off and onto Columbia at 60th and 63rd avenues

 

NOISE VARIANCE

The city will apply for a noise variance for this project. Portland noise code allows construction from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Work after 6:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. and all hours on Sundays requires a noise variance from the Portland Noise Office. The contractor may use a backhoe, concrete saw, jackhammer, compressor, pickup truck, haul truck, paving equipment and delivery vehicle for this project.

Submit Comments to Portland Noise Office

Your comments regarding the proposed noise variance are valuable and can be submitted to the Portland Noise Office by letter, email or telephone. Please submit your comments by October 12 to:

Portland Noise Office
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 110
Portland, OR 97204Email: noise@portlandoregon.govPhone: 503-823-7350

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For all other comments on the project design, schedule and traffic impacts, please contact Cheryl Kuck at 503-823-7898 or email Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov with “columbia63rd” in the subject line. We encourage you to sign up now to receive email updates. Visit the project web page at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/columbia63rd.

Cheryl Kuck

Community Outreach and Public Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

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

Phone: 503-823-7898 | Cell Phone: 503-823-8341

Email: Cheryl.Kuck@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.

Bureau of Development Services Online Community Customer Survey

BDS is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service.

Bureau of Development Services

Online Community Customer Survey - 2014

 

BDS is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service. The survey is now online at www.BDSSurvey.com and is open to all through September 15th, 2014. It is also available via the BDS website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds. We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do better. Please forward this information to others who might want to participate.

Upon receiving input and feedback, the bureau will analyze and implement necessary changes and improvements to our services and programs, where possible. Other approaches to our customer service improvement program include reaching out directly to recent permit and land use applicants, as well as providing easy ways for customers to give confidential feedback at any time.

If you would like to join the BDS e-mailing list to receive our bi-monthly newsletter, The Plans Examiner, and other BDS public notices please subscribe via the BDS website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/41448.

No internet access or need language translation? Contact Greg Supriano at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov or 503-823-7351.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact Greg Supriano, Program Specialist, by phone at 503-823-7351 or by email at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov. TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711.