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Street paving and striping to close lanes on SW Fifth Avenue beginning March 25, Permanent lane changes provide important bikeway connection

This release is available online at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/439941.

March 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cheryl Kuck

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552

cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Street paving and striping to close lanes on SW Fifth Avenue beginning March 25

Permanent lane changes provide important bikeway connection

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on Southwest Fifth Avenue between Southwest Broadway and Southwest Sheridan Street beginning Monday, March 25, through Thursday, March 28, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Two lanes will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided. The lane closures are necessary to grind down the existing pavement and repave 0.4 lane miles of the street.

In addition to paving the street, permanent new striping will change the lane configurations on SW Barbur Blvd., SW Sheridan St. and SW Fifth Ave. Both SW Fifth Ave. and SW Sheridan St. will have three travel lanes plus one buffered bike lane that provides an important bikeway connection between Downtown Portland and SW Barbur Blvd. The lane changes also create an opportunity for buffered bike lanes on Barbur and a wider sidewalk on the east side of Barbur in the future.

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

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Cheryl Kuck

Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation

t: (503) 823-5552 |c: (503) 577-8236

cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov

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